Publisher's Summary

On the Edge is an engaging leadership manual that provides concrete insights garnered from various extreme environments ranging from Mt Everest to the South Pole. By reflecting on the lessons learned from her various expeditions, author Alison Levine makes the case that the leadership principles that apply in extreme adventure sport also apply in today's extreme business environments. Both settings require you to be able to make crucial decisions on the spot when the conditions around you are far from perfect. Your survival - and the survival of your team - depend on it. On the Edge provides a framework to help people scale whatever big peaks they aspire to climb - be they literal or figurative - by offering practical, humorous, and often unorthodox advice about how to grow as a leader.
©2014 Alison Levine (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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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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