The Inner Warrior: Developing the Courage for Personal and Organisational Change

The Inner Warrior: Developing the Courage for Personal and Organisational Change

by Beverley Stone
     
 
The Inner Warrior represents a paradigm shift in established change management theory and practice; whereas in the past much effort has gone into overcoming resistance to change, The Inner Warrior shows how many people in our organizations do change, usually for the worse. It demonstrates that following an initial honeymoon period, individuals feel constrained, become

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The Inner Warrior represents a paradigm shift in established change management theory and practice; whereas in the past much effort has gone into overcoming resistance to change, The Inner Warrior shows how many people in our organizations do change, usually for the worse. It demonstrates that following an initial honeymoon period, individuals feel constrained, become institutionalized and lose their authentic selves. Far from being positive, the result of this change is a culture of inhibition where collective potential is never fully realized. The book sets out an alternative philosophy for enduring individual and team improvement. It reframes personal and organizational development in the context of courage and courageous activity, and describes a six-stage model for use in accessing the Inner Warrior present within each of us. By using the skills of the model, individuals learn to avoid and resist the Gulliver Effect, a metaphor for psychological imprisonment. They also learn the best use of power that courage brings, in which collaboration and organizational effectiveness remain guiding principles. Using real-life case studies, The Inner Warrior is for anyone who seeks a healthy work environment where values are lived, not laminated.

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'This is an important book about life's hardest question: should you stick with what's familiar but unsatisfying, or risk change for the chance of something more meaningful? The Inner Warrior will help you confront your fears and find the courage to be yourself. It shows that being the person you really are - not hiding behind an image - will give you enormous energy, in both your work and your personal life.' - Rachel Baird, Health Features Editor, Daily Express

'This excellent book should be required reading for all leaders. It is an indispensable road map to the mysterious terrain of team dynamics. Deeply thought provoking, it really will help you to understand why some teams excel when others implode. Written with sharp insight and practical real-life case studies this readable account of interpersonal dynamics is one of the few management books which gives you the curiosity, motivation and confidence to change your behaviour from chapter one and to reap rewards by chapter two. I couldn't put it down.' - Debbie Hewitt, Managing Director, RAC Plc Roadside Services

'This compelling read is a real insight into what really happens in business today. It can be used either as a self-improvement tool or for individuals responsible for leading change in organisations. Either way it challenges and encourages the reader to take risks in leadership behaviour, which if done appropriately, can lead to powerful results.' - Karen Geary, Group Director - HR and Corporate Communications, The Sage Group plc

'This book is a must for those concerned with managing change within their organisations or for anyone interested in developing themselves to their fullest potential. Beverley's metaphors are compelling, her arguments thought provoking and the 6 C's model provides powerful, practical tools for personal empowerment, cultural improvement and driving organisational success.' - Rosemary Chesters, Organisation Development Manager, The BOC Group

'I suspect all those in senior management and leadership positions will find the scenarios explored in this book all too familiar and will easily identify with the types of individuals and relationships so colourfully illustrated. It gives one reassurance to realise that one is not alone in the encountering barriers that seem to confront one on a daily basis and gives one the courage to see such barriers for what they are and combat them.' - Jevan Morris, Director of Intelligence & Investigation, Police Information Technology Organisation

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230570559
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
08/26/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Beverley Stone is a Business Psychologist and Managing Director of Group Dynamics International Ltd. She is an Associate Consultant at the London Business School's Career Management Centre coaching MBA's, Sloan's and Executive MBA's and a Visiting Lecturer at London Metropolitan University.

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