Don Schmincke
Chris Warner

As author of the unusual CEO bestseller The Code of the Executive and co-author of Taking Charge: Lessons in Leadership, Don's groundbreaking work have been published in 10 languages, endorsed by the top leadership experts, and featured by CNN, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. A graduate of MIT and Johns Hopkins University, his controversial and provocative approach uses anthropology and evolutionary genetics to dispel "program-of-the-month" management theories on leadership, strategy, change, and marketing while offering unique and astonishing alternatives for driving high-impact results consistently. Remarkable, thought-provoking insights and presentation style has allowed Don to become a leading global authority and a top speaker for the world"s largest CEO organization. His challenging yet refreshing approach is the result of 20 years of research and extensive travel throughout the world including the former Soviet-bloc, Indonesia, Africa, and Asia as well as touring as guest of the U.S. Secretary of Defense (he's still recovering from being shot off an aircraft carrier).

Don founded the SAGA Institute to help executives accelerate business performance and is the only Institute in the world licensed for his patent-pending methods. He has hosted the Executive Insights cable series and The Leader's Code radio program. Projects have ranged from helping the U.S. Navy evolve its Fleet Readiness strategy to facilitating the leadership for top plant performance at a national beer company. He's currently publishing new books on his research of tribal cultures in contemporary companies and bio-evolutionary leadership. Although he covers 200,000 miles annually training thousands of CEOs, Don is occasionally found at MBA programs wreaking havoc on leadership theories and inflicting his unconventional techniques on innocent graduate students. "Results come from replacing seduction with timeless wisdom, challenging outsourced thinking with the blinding obvious, and debunking quick-fixes with enlightened accountability."

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High Altitude Leadership:
What the World's Most Forbidding Peaks Teach Us About Success
Chris Warner, Don Schmincke
ISBN: 978-0-470-34503-0
240 pages
October 2008, Jossey-Bass
US $27.95
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