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The Extra Mile

Going above and beyond may be your winning business strategy.

By Mark Henricks

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Todd Skinner is a world-class rock climber and renownedmotivational speaker whose Beyond the Summit: Setting and SurpassingExtraordinary Business Goals (Portfolio, $24.95) containsbeautifully written accounts of daring climbs. His explanations ofhow to apply 40 life-and-death lessons of mountaineering to thedollars-and-cents world of business are, however, sometimesconfusing at first sight.

Take No. 26, for instance: "Always fall toward thesummit." What could that mean? Skinner explains you should aimto push yourself into the unknown and see that, if you do fail, youlearn enough to better your chances next time. Skinner'sunusual ideas and unsurpassed wealth of high-altitude leadershipexperience make this an interesting and helpful read forentrepreneurs looking for offbeat inspirations.

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