February 7, 2014

News & Opinion: A New KnowledgeBlocks Giveaway! On the Edge by Alison Levine

By: Sally Haldorson @ 3:37 PM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy, Management & Workplace Culture

On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership by Alison Levine, Business Plus, 272 pages, $27.00, Hardcover, January 2014, ISBN 9781455544875

We chose Alison Levine's On the Edge as one of our Jack Covert Selects reviews for January 2014. Here's why:

On the Edge is an engaging page-turner that uses Levine’s experiences as a mountaineer (as well as Wall Street veteran and professor) to explore, and advise on, the challenges we each face as we strive to become better leaders. I found myself utterly charmed and productively consumed, as Levine’s high-risk experiences give plenty of weight to advice such as: “Rigidity is just as dangerous as complacency” and “Treat every opportunity as if it is your one chance to … leave people with an accurate impression of who you are.” If Levine can implement these standards while sucking on oxygen and hanging off the side of a mountain, we surely can do it while sipping our coffee and sitting at our desks.

Alison Levine will help you realize that extraordinary challenges are extraordinary for a reason, and often feature aspects beyond your control, or that are particularly risky, so each time you try to scale them, you learn something more that you needed to know to proceed. Being the best leader you can be is about continually accumulating knowledge and adjusting, not ever assuming you know everything. On the Edge is a great reminder of that lesson, and so much more.

For more from Alison Levine, here is a link to her appearance on the Joy Cardin Show on You'll get a great sense of the book from this conversation.

Enter to win a copy of On the Edge this month on KnowledgeBlocks!

About Sally Haldorson

Sally Haldorson's job as 800-CEO-READ’s General Manager is to make 800-CEO-READ a great place to work for our employees, and a consistently high-performing customer service organization for our clients, authors, and our partners in the publishing industry. In addition to her General Manager duties ensuring collaboration, integration, and quality, she reads, writes, reviews, curates, and edits for the company. Helping craft The 100 Best Business Books of All Time used parts of both skill sets. Outside of work, she is most likely to be found hitting a tennis ball around or hanging out with her boys (husband, child, dog) at home.