Making It Happen

A book for people who want to make things happen, by people who made them happen.

At Skarbek, we believe in diversity of thought and the importance of opening our minds to creative ways of doing things in a new world where old ways don’t offer all the answers. With Making It Happen, we bring to you a cross-section of compelling stories from which to glean actionable insights into the successful implementation of your strategy. Each is from the hard-earned experience of exemplary individuals in an array of very different fields – the military, government, education, medicine, the arts, business, and exploration.

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Contributors include:

William Allen, Nimsdai Purja, Dr James Morrow, General Sir Michael Rose, Sir David Wright, Sir Tim Brighouse, Emma Bridgewater, Jens Festervoll, Stein Petter Aannerud, Dame Helena Morrissey and John Clarke. For more on the contributors click here.

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An incredibly valuable read. Making It Happen does just what the title implies – bringing the hard-earned experiences of soldiers, diplomats, educators, and business executives into useful focus for those facing the challenge of translating clever strategies into reality.
Stan McChrystal
US Army General (retd) and Partner at McChrystal Group
Teaches us some profound lessons on how to execute strategy with purpose and agility.
Sir Graham Wrigley
Founding Partner, Permira and Chairman, CDC Group Plc
I thoroughly enjoyed these heroic case studies of successful strategy from a woman who knows first-hand how hard it is to reach the summit.
Dr Dina Dommett
Ashridge Dean, Hult International Business School
It's inspirational and shows us all how, with the right mind-set, we too can take on the mantle and make a difference.
Sir Chris Bonington
Practically structured and entertainingly written, it is a compact university-level course in leadership.
Stan McChrystal
US Army General (retd) and Partner at McChrystal Group
This book reminds us what's possible, it's compulsive reading if you want to turn dreams to reality.
Tracy Edwards MBE
Sailor and author
An inspiring and informative read
Financial Times
Shortlisted for the Business Book Awards 2022

About the Author

Rebecca Stephens is a journalist, writer, lecturer, and mountaineer. She was working for the Financial Times Group when she was commissioned by the parent paper to write a series of articles on Everest base camp, got hooked, and four years later returned to Everest and became the first British woman to climb to the summit. The following year she went on to be the first British woman to climb the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each continent.

She is a principal consultant of Skarbek Associates Ltd and has written several books including The Seven Summits of Success with business writer Robert Heller, published by Wiley.

It has been inspirational to meet, interview and scribe the stories of the exemplars featured in this book. And we hope inspirational for readers to learn that every one of us has it within us to make a difference.

Making It Happen