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A demotion, then an Everest climb cut short: How one woman tackled two different kinds of failure

Susan Ershler

(original source Bizwomen)

“Editor’s note: Bizwomen reporter Caroline McMillan Portillo recently interviewed Sue Ershler. Over a 23-year career in corporate America, Ershler, now 58, led a number of sales teams at Fortune 500 companies, such asVerizon, CenturyLink (where she was responsible for $600 million in revenue) and FedEx Office. Based in Seattle, she has also written two books: ” Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales” and “Together on Top of the World.” The two of them talked failure — two very different kinds of failure — and about Ershler’s strategies for overcoming even the most dramatic setbacks.

It’s known as the Death Zone. Elevation: 26,000 feet. Mere hours from the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth.”

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