Trapped on a mountain in sub-zero temperatures following a tragic accident, Denis Shackel survived the longest night of his life five seconds at a time.
His new book, Five Seconds At A Time: How Leaders Can Make the Impossible Possible, (HarperCollinsCanada), encompasses the principles that saved his life.
The book will be launched on Thursday, June 3 at Ivey’s ING DIRECT Leadership Centre in Toronto where Shackel will share leadership lessons for overcoming challenges and his inspirational personal story. The event begins at 8 a.m.
Shackel, an award-winning professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business, has developed a proven “five-second” technique, based on his mountaintop ordeal, to help people flourish in business and life.
He is also Faculty Director of the Ivey Executive Development program, Influence and Persuasion, which incorporates his leadership lessons.
“The leadership techniques that saved my life can be used by others who are tasked with a seemingly impossible feat. We step forward through our challenges by strengthening our inner leadership,” says Shackel. “I had to ‘step back’ and literally use five-second intervals to fight through the impossible. It was only after I ‘stepped back’ that I could ‘step forward.'”
Ivey Dean Carol Stephenson wrote the foreword for the book and says the content is timely to address leadership challenges in an increasingly complex business environment.
“Denis’s book has arrived just in time to return us to the fundamentals of personal leadership,” writes Stephenson. “Whether intuition or spiritual inspiration is your guiding light in a moment of crisis, it evolves from a strong foundation of principles, values and beliefs developed long before that moment.”
The book launch for Five Seconds At A Time is part of the Ivey Idea Forum: Leading Insights for Business Innovation, which provides executives, Ivey alumni, business students and prospective students with guest speakers and events to develop cross-enterprise leadership thinking on key business issues.
Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book.