A Fast Tracker On A Life Or Death Mission

Sharon L. Monsky has always thrived on competition. As a teenager, she traveled the world as an internationally ranked figure skater. In the early 1980s, she became a management consultant at McKinsey & Co., where her life was a series of 12-hour days and late-night, cross-country flights. Under the watchful eye of boss Robert H. Waterman Jr., the management guru who co-authored In Search of Excellence, she was clearly a rising star. "Had she stayed at McKinsey," says Waterman, "I'm convinced she'd have become a director."

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