November 5, 2009


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Program on Law and Leadership Welcomes Renowned Consultant

Dennis Perkins

On Oct. 20, Moritz’s Program on Law and Leadership welcomed Dennis Perkins, who presented “Leadership at The Edge: The Shackleton Saga” to a packed audience of Moritz students and faculty at the Barrister Club.

In December 1914, legendary Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton, and 27 men sailed aboard a wooden vessel to become the first to cross the Antarctic continent. Forty-five days after their departure, disaster struck. Their boat was beset by solid pack ice, and the expedition was trapped. For nearly two years, Shackleton and his crew were stranded in the icy sea. Facing unimaginable challenges with astonishing good cheer, Shackleton and his crew returned, without loss of life, after 634 days. Dennis Perkins’ presentation explained how Shackleton inspired his crew to such extraordinary levels of courage, unity, and commitment. He also described how Shackleton’s leadership approach can be applied to any leadership crisis or challenge today.

“The presentation provided the audience with identifiable strategies for success in an organizational setting -- memorably conveyed through an anecdote about Shackleton’s journey,” said Grant Bokerman ’10, who attended the speech. “My favorite success strategy was to ‘never lose sight of the ultimate goal and focus energy on short-term objectives.’”

Perkins, a former professor at Yale University School of Management, is chief executive officer of The Syncretics Group, and he’s one of the most sought after leadership development consultants in the world.

Perkins was joined by his friend and colleague Jack Creighton ’57, a former chief executive officer of both the Weyerhaeuser Co. and United Airlines.

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