If there is a worse time in history than during the Covid-19 pandemic to review a book that ties the lessons of extreme wildlife adventure to an excellence in one’s business skills, I truly don’t know when it would be — and I certainly hope it isn’t up ahead. With mass global unrest on the rise — both in the medical and financial markets — and unemployment rates here in the U.S. rising to perilously high levels, the notion of actually getting and keeping an office job right now feels like a wildlife-set adventure all its own. With that in mind, however, most folks are aching to break loose and to lose themselves instories: stories of high adventure that seek to entertain, even as they enlighten. And that, in a nutshell, is what stuck-at-home readers across the nation will find in the new bookWild Success:7 Key Lessons Business Leaders Can Learn from Extreme Adventurers.
Written in an engaging style equal parts drive and clarity by fellow adventurers and leadership consultants Amy Posey and Kevin Vallely — both key executives with The AIP Group, a leadership development firm that (as per the book flap) “combines insights from the adventure, science, and business worlds for unique and effective leadership training” —Wild Success presents the “devil-may-care” spirit of this world’s thrill seekers as a top ingredient for continued success and relevance in the business world. If applied as an update to the old 19th century self-reliant adage “pull oneself up by one’s bootstraps,” Posey and Vallely’s modern-day variation may operate more along the lines of “push oneself off by one’s bungee cord.”