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Parallel Peaks: Business Insights While Climbing the World's Highest…

by John D. McQuaig

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John McQuaig, bank founder, CEO of a management and accounting firm, and life long entrepreneur, is also a veteran mountaineer. While climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, he had a epiphany. After reaching the top, what came to his mind was what it took to climb the mountain was very similar to running a business. Parallel Peaks, his book, details the similarities between both, and additional insights needed for today’s businesses to survive and grow.

In the first chapter, McQuaig starts with eight major components both mountain climbing and business management need for success. The following expand on each of the eight components with illustrative stories from both real businesses and mountaineering. Each chapter has illustrative charts and graphs, and pictures from his mountain climbing.

A couple of points are brought up in the books which are oft-times overlooked by the small business owner. One is Key Performance Indicators, which together with Vision shows if there is good advancement to the goals. Another is teamwork. Any business that has more than one employee or owner consists of teams. Businesses need the power of teams and teams need the power of each individual member.

Parallel Peaks is an outstanding book that illustrates the preparation, training, determinism, and luck between business and mountain climbing. McQuaig writes in an informal style with purpose and meaning to his words. The anecdotes and saying sprinkled through highlight the topic on-hand. I work for a state government and many of his business insights apply to governmental business as well.

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