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The story of explorer Ernest Shackleton is awe inspiring. Trying to apply its lessons to business does it no justice

I admit it: Until recently, I had never heard of Ernest Shackleton. For you fellow ignoramuses, he was an early-20th century explorer who led three unsuccessful expeditions that attempted to reach Antarctica. His most spectacularly failed trip left him and his men stranded for some 15 months after they had come heartbreakingly close to their goal. Shackleton and all 27 of his crew survived and returned home to England. Axiomatically, I was also unaware of Shackleton's newly attained status as a role model for managers, a cult figure for New Economy business leaders.

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