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Ernest Shackleton: Role Model for Today's Leaders?

Ernest Shackleton: A Role Model for Today's Leaders? 
We’re talking about leadership, with a look at what today’s CEO's, politicians, and military officials can learn from explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. In 1914, Shackleton and his crew set out on an Antarctic crossing that faced one disaster after the next. First, their ship was trapped in pack ice and buckled under pressure. Then, the 28 men on board were stranded on an ice floe, which broke in two. Alone in the world's most unforgiving environment, they faced snowstorms, subzero temperatures, and starvation. But, two years after setting sail, Shackleton saved his entire crew. A century later, we find ourselves in a situation where disaster strikes again and again. In a world where turbulence is the norm, can our leaders learn something from Shackleton’s ability to contain chaos and manage fear?

GUESTS:
  Nancy Koehn, historian at the Harvard Business School. Read her recent piece on Shackleton here.
  Stephanie Barczewski, professor of history at Clemson University, author of Antarctic Destinies: Scott, Shackleton and the Changing Face of Heroism
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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