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An Emergency Manager's Perspective
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 27, 2022
Leaders make very important decisions every day and as Emergency Managers some of those decisions could be life or death decisions, but these decisions are made when we are rested, in our climate-controlled offices or EOCs, with full bellies, and with resources at our disposal. But how do make sound decisions under extreme stress like starvation, exhausted, or deadly cold? These are precisely the conditions that the early explorers of Antarctica were under when they had to make life and death decisions. As systems start to go down and resources get depleted (ie. your food plan fails) how do you respond as an Emergency Manager? Do you train for this type of scenario? I think this is the level our training(s) should take us to inducing this kind of stress to see how our teams respond, working long hours and taking away some regularly scheduled feeding is sure to identify some character gaps.
I enjoyed reading this book, the stories were thrilling, the lesson are applicable for leaders today, and the structure was well laid out. I think leaders everywhere can benefit from the lessons and critical decision-making lessons that Shackelton and the other early Antarctic explores learned through their expeditions.
I highly recommend this book for Emergency Managers and all leaders.