"Optimism is true moral courage." ........ Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Established in 2004, Shackleton Partners LLC serves its clients providing the same determination and fortitude shown by the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

We will find the creative solution to meet your needs using holistic methods that incorporate the enlightened management of Sir Ernest Shackleton coupled with the art of mindfulness . Better ways to manage people and resources. Identifying the skills and talents of your team and how to achieve the impossible from within. Building a greater consciousness and awareness holistically so that your resources can be put to work in ways that defy expectation.

Eight Down by David Reid
Chaplain David Reid

Eight Down reviews eight maritime casualties over forty-two years beginning with the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior in 1975 to the Stellar Daisy in 2017. As a former seafarer and retired member of the maritime profession for the past fifty years, all of the “Eight” have taken place during my watch. I have found resonance with my own experiences, that sparked my curiosity. I explore the connective threads that will illustrate how these events are the consequence of what Professor James Reason has called the “Swiss Cheese Model.” I know from my own experience that there were many instances when I might have been but one step away from being a maritime casualty — is it luck? Or is it the awareness or raised consciousness of someone who acts before that last step occurs?  I hope to provide insight into the management of change as it relates to safety and the avoidance of traveling through the final hole in a "Swiss Cheese.”

Published by Shackleton Partners, LLC 2019. Now available in Kindle and Paperback on Amazon.com

David Reid provides in his well crafted narrative of the loss eight major sailing vessels ( hence the title EIGHT DOWN ) a metaphor by which all readers may learn how to better navigate life’s travails. It is in a special way both a secular and a spiritual guide to better weather life’s storms through collective mindfulness.

Andrew E. Slaby, MD, Ph.D, MPH
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
New York University