In July 2008, global business executive Herta von Stiegel led a group of 28 multinational climbers, including seven disabled people, to the top ofMount Kilimanjarofor charity. Against incredible odds, 60 per cent of the group made it to the summit – a remarkable feat considering that typically only 35 per cent of climbers achieve that goal.
The Mountain Within – which bears the name of Herta’s award-winning documentary – tells the emotionally charged story of the climb. Herta’s narrative reveals several invaluable lessons for today’s leaders: ruthlessly prepare; use failure as a stepping stone for success; hang on to your vision; and know when it’s time to come down from the mountain.
Reinforcing the leadership lessons gleaned from episodes of the climb, and Herta’s own professional experience, are her conversations with some of the world’s most notable leaders, including:
- Al Gore, former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner
- Kay Unger, American fashion designer
- Sam Chisholm,Australia’s leading media executive
- Lt. General Ian Khama, president ofBotswana
- Christie Hefner, former Chairman, CEO, Playboy Enterprises
- Baroness Patricia Scotland, theUnited Kingdom’s only female Attorney General
A one-of-a-kind work that is at once inspiring and prescriptive, The Mountain Within offers a wealth of revelations for any business leader – extraordinary lessons that will help the reader brave any unexpected challenge, recharge when faced with setbacks, and maintain his or her focus even when the goal seems impossible to achieve.
Click here for a video of Herta von Stiegel speaking about her book and the different lessons one can learn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRqt2wtIqzk
About the Author:
Herta von Stiegel is founder and CEO of Ariya Capital Group, a Gaborone- and London-based fund management firm focusing on sustainable investments in Africa. An international executive with a consistent track record of building profitable structured finance businesses, she has held senior positions at Citibank and JP Morgan and, until 2005, was Managing Director at AIG Financial Products. A U.S.tax lawyer by training, Herta practiced law prior to becoming a banker specializing in international taxation and mergers and acquisitions. A popular and highly sought after speaker, she has been featured on CNBC, Fox, BBC, Bloomberg, SA FM (South African radio), BBC Radio 4, and in financial print media, including the Financial Times. She lives in London, England.
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