On the Edge

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-08-2018


I listened to this book after seeing the author at a recent speaking engagement at which she appeared. Though not a mountain climber myself, I found the adventure combined with the leadership lessons to be exciting, amazing and very well expressed.
Ms. Levine does a great job of teaching a different leadership lesson in each chapter while bringing her high climbing experiences down to Earth for most managers and leaders to utilize.

Some of the lessons I found most interesting were "Fear is fine but complacency will kill you", "Teamwork is about looking out for one another, helping one another, and winning together." "It's your job to help people be the greatest," "When you show up, ready to take on a challenge, you'd better bring it," "Failure in and of itself is not a bad thing. But failing to learn from it is inexcusable," "You need to develop a strong team by allowing others to lead," and "Sometimes you do have to go backward--away from your destination--in order to reach it...going down does not mean you're losing ground, but rather strengthening the foundation of your effort." That's just a sampling of the valuable lessons packed into this amazing book.

Every story she tells is related to a life and leadership experience she learned during her various climbing and skiing expeditions, especially featuring her 2002 experience leading an all women's climbing team on Mt. Everest. The experiences she conveys and lessons learned are exciting and valuable to everyone who manages others or works on a team.

I highly recommend it!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Elaine M. Baptista on 14-04-2018

Leadership on the Edge

If you could sum up On the Edge in three words, what would they be?

Leadership and Beyond

What did you like best about this story?

Ms Levine's tenacity, discipline and focus!

Which scene was your favorite?

Dedication to her friend Meg

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It created much goal enthusiasm and to keep the pace and belief.

Any additional comments?

There is always light at the end of the tunnel if your imagination lets you believe.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 08-05-2017

Get Your Butt in Gear!

Alison's adventures and leadership lessons can motivate anyone to be a better person, for themselves and their team. Give it a listen and you won't be disappointed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Josue on 11-04-2016

Incredibly Engaging!

The fact that the author is narrating the content adds substance to the story. the content of the audiobook is impacting and well supported. Alison does a great job connecting two worlds under one banner, leadership.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Christina on 28-02-2016

A fairly good leadershp book...

What did you love best about On the Edge?

I truly loved the climbing aspects of the book. I was amazed at all the author's efforts and dedication to this incredible sport. Truly inspiring and admirable!!

What does Alison Levine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her ability to physically do all that was expected of her as a world class climber was incredible.

Any additional comments?

I was given this book by my boss when I was recently promoted and opted to buy the audio version to give me something to focus on during my long commute. The facts of the story are very compelling but the overall tone of the writing was a bit less than inspiring. Perhaps if I was a new supervisor or new to leadership, I would have gained a bit more from her teaching moments. It almost seemed like the leadership points were a side-note rather than the point of the book. I enjoyed it but it was not as provocative or defining for me as the climbing experiences she detailed. She is an impressive world-class climber and I wouldn't feel worthy to carry her climbing boots, but as an inspiring communicator of leadership principles, she may have stepped outside of her element...

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5 out of 5 stars
By puma on 03-10-2015

What a great book!

This book combined the most interesting topics together (climbing and leadership) very well. Over the years, I found leadership books are boring and put me to sleep. Not this book!! It is captivating, funny, and to the point. Alison shared her most extraordinary experiences, yet very humbled. Then she combined it with leadership and teamwork. What a great idea!! Thank you for writing this awesome little book.

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