The Power of the Herd: A Nonpredatory Approach to Social Intelligence, Leadership, and Innovation

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Linda Kohanov is beloved for her groundbreaking articulation of "the way of the horse," an experiential wisdom known to riders for centuries but little studied or adapted to off-horse use. Now Kohanov takes these horse-inspired insights on the nonverbal elements of exceptional communication and leadership into the realms of our workplaces and relationships. Here we find "the wisdom of the prey" and its practical lessons on developing assertiveness, fostering creativity, dealing with conflict, and even heightening...

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Overview

Linda Kohanov is beloved for her groundbreaking articulation of "the way of the horse," an experiential wisdom known to riders for centuries but little studied or adapted to off-horse use. Now Kohanov takes these horse-inspired insights on the nonverbal elements of exceptional communication and leadership into the realms of our workplaces and relationships. Here we find "the wisdom of the prey" and its practical lessons on developing assertiveness, fostering creativity, dealing with conflict, and even heightening mind-body awareness. Kohanov draws on the behavior of mature horse herds to debunk theories of dominance hierarchies, challenge ingrained notions of "survival of the fittest," and demonstrate the power of a "consensual leadership," in which governing roles are fluid and based not on consensus but on joint sensing. Eloquent and provocative, this is horse sense for all who seek to thrive in the herds we all run in — our communities, careers, families, and friendships.

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Editorial Reviews

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Kohanov bought her first horse in the early 1990s, when she was in her 30s, and it changed her life. She learned more about motivation from horses than she previously had from human relationships and has since transformed her life, now lecturing and conducting equine-based workshops and training programs around the world. Her book, however, is a complex and multi-layered one that can read like a textbook, particularly when she writes about "intersubjective awareness" or "objectification and projection". Other times it feels like a history book; she employs famous horsemen like George Washington, Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan to make key points about leadership. And sometimes it acts as a mystical handbook, discussing "grazing" or "letting go" of emotion and its important link to success. It's certainly not easy reading, however. Kohanov is clearly well-read and has researched widely, as evidenced by her extensive endnotes. For readers willing to embark on a slow and steady read, however, there are many rewards as Kohanov explains the "interspecies culture", the connection between "emotional intelligence" and professional success and shares meaningful examples of individuals who have learned valuable life lessons from their horses. (Mar.)
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“An innovative path to leadership and a journey of self-discovery.”
Peter A. Levine, PhD, author of Waking the Tiger and In an Unspoken Voice

“Once again, Linda Kohanov shows us a much-needed alternative to business-as-usual in our relationships with each other and with other species.”
Christian de Quincey, PhD, author of Radical Nature and Radical Knowing

“Linda Kohanov has created a unique synthesis of myth, symbology, psychology, neuroscience, and, most important of all, the insight she has gained from horses to give us a manual to guide ourselves and our leaders through the twenty-first century and beyond. In this book, a must for every leader, or everyone who wants to be one — in his or her own life and in our world at large — she takes horsemanship from a personal level to a global one.”
Allan J. Hamilton, MD, FACS, author of Zen Mind, Zen Horse

“In The Power of the Herd Linda Kohanov reveals the ways in which humans can learn from the behavior and social infrastructure of horses. Well written and well researched, this book is a valuable contribution to the literature on interspecies communication.”
Andrew Weil, MD, author of Spontaneous Happiness

“Complex and multi-layered....there are many rewards as Kohanov explains the ‘interspecies culture,’ the connection between ‘emotional intelligence’ and professional success and shares meaningful examples of individuals who have learned valuable life lessons from their horses.”
Publishers Weekly

“Belongs at the top of your list of books to read this year. Sweeping in scope, Kohanov’s latest work is a blend of scholarship and storytelling so finely crafted that you’ll want to pause occasionally just to marvel at the quality of the writing. It’s a fascinating read, brought to life with examples drawn from historical figures and the evolution of human development as well as lessons learned from years of working with her beloved horses. This is a book to be savored.”
Bob Wall, author of Coaching for Emotional Intelligence

“For millennia we humans were mere prey. We’re here only because some of our ancestors could mimic the animals who knew how to run the gauntlet of the great carnivores. Horses are one of those creatures still amongst us. Linda Kohanov is that rare twenty-first-century watcher with the wit to see the lessons horses can still teach us and the talent to harness it in this remarkable book. She lays out a powerful case that our evolution still rides on the shoulders of these giants.”
Meg Daley Olmert, author of Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577316763
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 191,421
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author


The author of the bestseller The Tao of Equus, Linda Kohanov speaks and teaches internationally. She established Eponaquest Worldwide to explore the healing potential of working with horses and to offer programs on everything from emotional and social intelligence, leadership, stress reduction, and parenting to consensus building and mindfulness. She lives near Tucson, Arizona.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Jaguartooth

    He cheereid

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Willowleaf & Stormfeather

    They cheered. ~Willowleaf & Stormfeather

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Racoonclaw

    "Yay!" He bounced around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Jaytiger

    He dippd his head to velvetstar. Juniperle nodded.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Cedarstrike

    He looked at Velvetstar worriedly, but called the new cats' names. "Jadesparrow! Briarpaw! Jadesparrow! Briarpaw!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Slightpaw

    "Okay!" She said, then trotted towards the camp exit an dout into the woods.


    ••Slightpaw••

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Birdstrike

    Sure! Meet me at horse run first result

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Wolfsun

    Jackalkit and thw other warriors but i never really got to train jaypaw why is he already an apprentice. Just tryong to stay realistic no offense jaypaw.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Thundeeheart

    Yea i'll stay.. (you reallize tha you hae to pick a deputy the day of your leader ship? It is in the code..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Velvetstar to Horseclan- Clan Meeting

    Velvetstar struggled up the tree trunk, muttering about her missing claws, and called for Horseclan to gather. "First off, I want to thank each of you, for helping get me away from the twolegs nest. Your all so very loyal and brave and I'm glad and thankful to have you guys as clanmates. Speaking of clanmates, I'd like Stormpaw Jaypaw, Juniperpaw, Slightpaw, Racoonpaw, Spiritpaw and Jackalkit to come forward. Each of you apprintices ha trined well and now are ready for your warrior names. From now on, you will be known as Jaytiger, Juniperleap, Stormbird, Racoonclaw, Spiritnight, and Slightfaith! Use your new skills to serve Horseclan well!" She waited while the clan cheered their names. "Jackalkit, you will now be Jackalpaw and Servaljump will be your mentor. I also want to welcome Wolfsun and Birdstrikes s new kits, Rubykit, Crystalkit, and Inkkit, to Horseclan." Velvetstar purred happily. "I also think we have some cats locked out, so we are moving camps. I oly have time to set up the clearing but I will finish the rest later. -Canterwood Crest- is our new territory. -Horse Run- will remain our hunting territory." Velvetstar then dismissed the clan and jumped of the tree. -Velvetstar-

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    Posted April 26, 2013

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