Naked at the Knife-EdgeVivian James Rigney
Naked at The Knife-Edge, Vivian James Rigney’s compelling and often harrowing true account of conquering Everest, offers a unique window into lessons on leadership and what it takes to succeed in any circumstance.
Only a relatively small group of individuals has climbed the highest peak on each of the planet’s seven continents. Known as the Seven Summits, it is a feat that typically takes years and an enormous amount of planning, training, and effort, in some of the most inaccessible places on earth. But Vivian James Rigney was determined to do just that.
An executive coach and globally recognized authority on leadership and teamwork in business, Rigney relied on skills learned in the corporate world in addition to physical training to attempt these summits. Everest, his seventh and final peak, almost broke him. There, he and his team confronted wild storms lasting for days, near-vertical walls of ice, and a knife-edge ridge with fatal drops on either side. They endured avalanches, sub-zero temperatures, and tragedy unfolding around them. The roller coaster of pain, self-reflection, questioning, and above all, loneliness left Rigney with ego in tatters. It was then he discovered an awakening of what real purpose and legacy actually is.
This unique and powerful journey reveals critical wisdom for individuals and leaders in any circumstance, including how to:
- Overcome the ego trap and get out of your head
- Triage what you can and cannot control
- Harness your intuition
- Create shared purpose and real followership
- Tap into the power of vulnerability and authenticity
In Naked at the Knife-Edge, Rigney uniquely combines the hands-on and reflective approach of one of today’s most respected executive coaches with adventure and a raw and revealing personal story.