Book review: Wild Courage

Emma de Vita reviews the new book by Elle Harrison

Off the shelf
Off the shelf

"Sometimes we come to a place where the old ways no longer work ... And we know, like it or not, it's time for change", writes the consultant Elle Harrison in Wild Courage. It can happen to any organisation, any team - and instead of burying your head in the sand, you must muster the courage to walk through what she calls the "fires of transformation".

Wild Courage, by Elle HarrisonIt's a path every leader should take when faced with great change - and which charity manager isn't having to grapple with restructuring, redundancies or wholesale strategic realignment?

Along your journey, Harrison argues, you will come face-to-face with six experiences: dying, stillness, intuition, wildness, vulnerability and surrender. Old habits must die to make space for something new. The stillness of the void must be trusted until intuition leads the way towards new possibilities. Wildness helps you to break free from old rules and beliefs that limit your creativity, and vulnerability means the willingness to share feelings in order to bring about a deeper sense of trust and community in your team.

Finally, surrender means "letting go of the need to control and direct life", which opens the door to new solutions. Are you ready for the journey ahead?

Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today

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