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“Adam was stuck.” And with this simple phrase, The Leader’s Climb introduces the reader to an engaging tale of how leaders often ascend quickly to the top, only to unknowingly slip down a path of decline—until it is too late. In this novel approach to the subject, set against the backdrop of a rock-climbing vacation gone awry, executive coaches Bob Parsanko and Paul Heagen “Adam was stuck.” And with this simple phrase, The Leader’s Climb introduces the reader to an engaging tale of how leaders often ascend quickly to the top, only to unknowingly slip down a path of decline—until it is too late. In this novel approach to the subject, set against the backdrop of a rock-climbing vacation gone awry, executive coaches Bob Parsanko and Paul Heagen draw from decades of success with business executives to reveal an all-too-familiar path of leadership struggles. The protagonist, Adam, is capable and well-meaning but has a confidence bordering on hubris, and blind spots that could be the end of him. That is, until unlikely encounters with a park ranger and a home handyman, who become confidants and mentors, reveal new insights to Adam. Through their wisdom, and the realities of the hard knocks of business, Adam gets “unstuck” and begins to turn around his life and career with three fundamental principles of personal growth: awareness, acceptance, and abundance.


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“Adam was stuck.” And with this simple phrase, The Leader’s Climb introduces the reader to an engaging tale of how leaders often ascend quickly to the top, only to unknowingly slip down a path of decline—until it is too late. In this novel approach to the subject, set against the backdrop of a rock-climbing vacation gone awry, executive coaches Bob Parsanko and Paul Heagen “Adam was stuck.” And with this simple phrase, The Leader’s Climb introduces the reader to an engaging tale of how leaders often ascend quickly to the top, only to unknowingly slip down a path of decline—until it is too late. In this novel approach to the subject, set against the backdrop of a rock-climbing vacation gone awry, executive coaches Bob Parsanko and Paul Heagen draw from decades of success with business executives to reveal an all-too-familiar path of leadership struggles. The protagonist, Adam, is capable and well-meaning but has a confidence bordering on hubris, and blind spots that could be the end of him. That is, until unlikely encounters with a park ranger and a home handyman, who become confidants and mentors, reveal new insights to Adam. Through their wisdom, and the realities of the hard knocks of business, Adam gets “unstuck” and begins to turn around his life and career with three fundamental principles of personal growth: awareness, acceptance, and abundance.

47 review for The Leader's Climb: A Business Tale of Rising to the New Leadership Challenge1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael Joseph Brown

    "Trust me, activity is not the only sign of progress." This is one of the great insights this fictional CEO confronts and realizes in this book. Although it can sometimes seem a little "preachy," this is a great book on leadership and life. I think it should be read by anyone in a leadership position, especially those who believe that the work can't go on without their presence (read: ministers!). Sometimes we just need to be reminded of the obvious, even if like the harried CEO in this book, we "Trust me, activity is not the only sign of progress." This is one of the great insights this fictional CEO confronts and realizes in this book. Although it can sometimes seem a little "preachy," this is a great book on leadership and life. I think it should be read by anyone in a leadership position, especially those who believe that the work can't go on without their presence (read: ministers!). Sometimes we just need to be reminded of the obvious, even if like the harried CEO in this book, we think they no longer apply to us. Read. Stop. Reflect on how this intersects with your own life.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    Okay story, I like what the author did, but it was a little unclear Scribd

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    This is an interesting exploration of leadership through fiction. Basically the authors focus on a fictional CEO and seek to use his activities and perspectives as a way to illustrate how leaders can get "stuck" - intent on barreling forward and failing to stop and consider other options. They then use an epilogue to outline their basic philosophy. My CEO experience is quite limited but my sense is that this fictional portrayal could be an effective way for executives to see their challenges from This is an interesting exploration of leadership through fiction. Basically the authors focus on a fictional CEO and seek to use his activities and perspectives as a way to illustrate how leaders can get "stuck" - intent on barreling forward and failing to stop and consider other options. They then use an epilogue to outline their basic philosophy. My CEO experience is quite limited but my sense is that this fictional portrayal could be an effective way for executives to see their challenges from a fresh perspective. By watching Adam navigate his business and family challenges others can reflect on whether they have similar challenges and if they are making similar mistakes. I am not sure how believable it is that a CEO like Adam would be so open to the advice of rangers and contractors but once you accept the relationships the dynamics and conversations are interesting and engaging. I picked up the book after having worked briefly with one of the co-authors, Paul Heagen, curious about how they would pull off this type of work. I am not really the target audience for the book and so would be interested to see how a more experienced, and business orientated, CEO wold engage with the book. But from my perspective it is well done and thought provoking.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Arion Williams

    This book had the feel of an average movie where you have plot figured 10 mins in. The main character was so out of touch with reality. His weaknesses were glaring. While there my be some that struggle with recognizing the obvious, most of us don't. I didn't mind not having a list of do's and don'ts. Very vanilla story. Guy works too much and is very stubborn in his drive. Almost breaks down before he realizes things have gotten out of hand. Note to self: don't be that guy. This book had the feel of an average movie where you have plot figured 10 mins in. The main character was so out of touch with reality. His weaknesses were glaring. While there my be some that struggle with recognizing the obvious, most of us don't. I didn't mind not having a list of do's and don'ts. Very vanilla story. Guy works too much and is very stubborn in his drive. Almost breaks down before he realizes things have gotten out of hand. Note to self: don't be that guy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kay Mcaloney

    Read this book with colleagues at work. There are some pretty good messages and fun story.

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