Ten Strategies for Success

Dennis Perkins [1] spoke recently about leadership lessons from the 1914-1916 Antarctic expedition of Ernest Shackleton, a triumph of survival in which not a single man was lost in spite of incredible perils. As a sucker for lists I have to preserve here the 10 "Strategies for Success" that Perkins derived:

  1. Never lose sight of the ultimate goal, and focus energy on short-term objectives.
  2. Set a personal example with visible, memorable symbols and behaviors.
  3. Instill optimism and self-confidence, but stay grounded in reality.
  4. Take care of yourself: Maintain your stamina and let go of guilt.
  5. Reinforce the team message constantly: "We are one—we live or die together".
  6. Minimize status differences and insist on courtesy and mutual respect.
  7. Master conflict—deal with anger in small doses, engage dissidents, and avoid needless power struggles.
  8. Find something to celebrate and something to laugh about.
  9. Be willing to take the Big Risk.
  10. Never give up—there's always another move.

Good suggestions, and quite relevant to ultrarunning as well as other parts of life!

(cf. Fifth Disciplinarians (2000-09-10), Fearless Leaders (2003-08-27), Cult of Leadership (2005-01-28), ... ) - ^z - 2008-08-29

(correlates: SelfReliance, FecklessPerson, CoherentInterference, ...)