Wild Success: 7 Key Lessons Business Leaders Can Learn from Extreme Adventurers
Face every business challenge with the skills and spirit of an elite adventurer
Wild Success takes you on a thrilling ride into the world of extreme adventurers―extraordinary men and women whose hard-earned wisdom can be applied to any business situation.
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From the Publisher
Amy Posey is a leadership facilitator, keynote speaker, and former CEO of The AIP Group, a leadership development firm that combines insights from the adventure and business worlds for unique and effective leadership training. Prior to joining The AIP Group, she spent ten years at Deloitte delivering internal leadership development programs, and learning, change, and communications solutions to global technology companies. Posey has an Executive Masters in Applied Neuroscience and Leadership from the NeuroLeadership Institute; an M.B.A. in Managing Change and Marketing from DePaul University’s campus in the Kingdom of Bahrain; and a B.A. in English, Education, and Writing from Purdue University.
Kevin Vallely is a world-class explorer, leadership mentor, author, and an award-winning architect. He is a member of the esteemed Explorer’s Club and was honored as an Explorer’s Club Flag recipient for his expedition to the Northwest Passage in 2013. In 2009 he and two teammates broke the world record for the fastest unsupported trek to the Geographic South Pole. He has written for numerous publications, and is the author of Rowing the Northwest Passage: Adventure, Fear, and Awe in a Rising Sea.
From the Back Cover
Wild Success is a two-fer. It’s both a rollicking, unforgettable read and a valuable guide to the qualities that produce bold, decisive, resilient leadership. These stories of explorers and adventurers will inspire you to dream big. And Posey and Valley’s astute advice will help you turn those dreams into reality.
—Daniel H. Pink, author of When and Drive
The connections between the adventure world and the business world are clear, concise and plain to see. An adventurer’s experience can help instruct every leader to perform at their best.
—Sir Ranulph Fiennes, described by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s greatest living explorer
“A beautiful piece of work that allows each of us to see how to leverage our own vulnerabilities and shortcomings to transform our leadership potential. Wild Success somehow manages to strike that delicate balance of being both intellectually and practically compelling and you come out inspired to venture into unchartered territory to up your leadership game.
—Sarah Gretczko, Chief Learning and Skills Officer, Mastercard
Follow these outstanding real-life adventurers as they row the Atlantic & the Pacific oceans, summit Everest, undertake polar exploration, circumnavigate Antarctica and even pioneer personal jet-propelled flight. Learn how you can apply these lessons and achieve your Wild Success in business and life.
—Richard Bailey, President and Chief Transformation Officer HP Inc.
Wild Success has a fresh perspective on achieving peak performance. It weaves the principles of success in adventuring together with practical outcomes in the business world, drawing on parallels that make for refreshing reading and insights.
—Arthur Hu, Chief Information Officer, Lenovo
“Whether on the water, in the forest, crossing the tundra or climbing to the summit, wild nature is good for our bodies and minds. Posey, Vallely and a team of adventurous souls expertly guide leaders and readers into the heart of their own wild creativity, focused purpose and peak performance in life, work and play.”
—Dr. Wallace J Nichols, author of the New York Times bestseller Blue Mind
Wild Success will open your mind and push you to think of how you can take control of yourself, and learn a delicate discipline in pushing towards success. What can save your life in the world of adventure, can propel you to greatness in business.
—Manal AlBayat, Chief Community Engagement Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai
This book will leave you in awe of the accomplishments of this amazing group of adventurers and what they learned about themselves in the process. Their stories and ordeals revealed some common traits and characteristics: passion, pain, perseverance, resilience, grit and sheer determination. Using neuroscience as a basis for their analysis of these behaviors and traits, Amy and Kevin provide us more normal people with the tools and tips we can use to navigate the challenges we face in both our personal and professional lives. Many leadership books leave your emotional tank drained, this one has your emotional tank full to over-flowing. An awesome read.
— Richard Walker, Former General Manager, HP Consumer PC Business Unit and former CEO, Zero Motorcycles
You can write what you’ve lived, or you can do a bunch of researchbut the best books of all, like Amy Posey and Kevin Vallely’s Wild Succcess, do both. From corporate boardrooms to big waves, perilous glaciers, and lofty summits, Posey and Vallely share their unique perspective on how great leaders make the right decisions and shake off seemingly insurmountable setbacks.
—Alex Hutchinson, Sweat Science columnist for Outside magazine and New York Times bestselling author of Endure
If we waited until everything was perfect, we’d never start. Wild Success is an inspiration to anyone looking to reach their full potential in business or life. Kevin Vallely and Amy Posey’s collection of stories will spark readers to find the courage to take the first step, and the grit to stay on the journey.
Rick Hansen, Founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation, is a Canadian icon who has dedicated his life to awakening the world to the potential of people with disabilities. He is best known as the Man In Motion for undertaking an epic 26-month, 40,000 km journey around the world in his wheelchair
Inspiring, educational and relevant, Wild Success is a brilliant combination of living at the edge of human performance, real world application and fascinating insights into our mind. It’s both personal and ubiquitous in its narrative. From the start of each chapter, the stories of adventure and perseverance draw you in and then subtly shift to issues that impact us all
purpose, adversity, resilience, risk, balance. Amy and Kevin have managed to craft the CliffsNotes version of how to live a successful and fulfilling life. This is a not a book that you read once, but one that you refer to
Shawn Seamans, President, McKesson Life Sciences
This book is a must read for anyone who wants to get ahead in business! It kept me captivated from end to end. Being both an adventurer and an entrepreneur I found it especially captivating and useful. There are some excellent lessons that I will be applying to my own business strategies as we continue growing our own company.
—Colin Angus, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year who completed the first human-powered journey around the world
These stories of adventure, grounded with respected academic and scientific research, provide inspiration and guidance to those interested in enhancing their understanding and practice of leadership. It is a valuable reminder of the lessons we can take from individuals who encourage us to question our own limitations and reach our fullest potential and possibilities.
—Robert N. Thomas, PhD, Professor of Leadership, Institute of Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology
“What a brilliant move to embed business and management principles into extreme adventure stories. And it is more likely to remember them. Enduring principles emerge when humans are severely tested.”
—Sam Sullivan, Canadian politician, current MLA for Vancouver-False Creek, 38th mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia.