Beyond Threat

Beyond Threat

by Nelisha Wickremasinghe

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Overview

Unless we are in physical danger few of us think we are living 'under threat'. Yet our brains believe we are at risk many times a day. Nowhere is this more true than at work, where our response to deadlines, budget cuts, abrasive managers, competitive colleagues and dissatisfied customers is too often controlled by a part of our brain that's better suited to detecting, devouring or running away from predators. This is our threat brain, and on its own it is little help in dealing with the complex challenges of organisational life. In "Beyond Threat", business psychologist and international management consultant Dr. Nelisha Wickremasinghe takes us beyond the threat brain and describes the workings of our evolved Trimotive Brain which can respond with intelligence and compassion to unwanted, unexpected and unpleasant life experiences - if we learn how to manage it. This book is an invitation to: discover how our biological heritage (nature) and individual experience (nurture) combine to create who we are-and why that matters in organisational life; learn to notice and re-direct the hidden motives that control most of our behaviour-especially those arising from our threat brain; and find out, in three detailed case studies, how executives working in different corporate environments identified and overcame the problem habits arising from their overactive threat brain. *** "An extraordinarily informative and exceptionally well organized and presented study, 'Beyond Threat' will prove to be of immense and practical value for anyone having business management responsibilities. Thoroughly accessible for both academia, corporate executives, non-specialist general readers, 'Beyond Threat' is a critically important and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, corporate, community, and academic library Business & Management, Organizational Change, Business Psychology, and Organization Development instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists." --The Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch, The Business Shelf, March 2018 [Subject: Business & Management, Organizational Change, Business Psychology, Organization Development]

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911193340
Publisher: Triarchy Press Ltd
Publication date: 01/11/2018
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr Nelisha Wickremasinghe is a psychologist, entrepreneur, educator and international leadership/organisational change consultant who has worked in the field of human development for 25 years. She has postgraduate degrees in psychology and family therapy, a Master's in public sector management and a Master's and Doctorate in organisational change.

Her work at the boundary of psychotherapeutic practice and management development has taken her across the globe to support organisations like Fujitsu, Thomas Cook, Amec Foster Wheeler, Nielsen, Lloyds Banking Group, Aviva and BT to develop their leaders and implement complex change.

She also developed and ran a successful organic food business and restaurant and, for ten years, was clinical and management lead in mental health and social care services.

Dr Wickremasinghe works internationally with large corporates teaching and consulting on healthy growth. She is a senior client director at Saïd Business School, Oxford University, an adjunct at Ashridge Hult International business school and managing director of The Dialogue Space, which provides unconventional, whole-person facilitation and coaching for individuals, groups and organisations.

Her professional practice combines brain science and developmental psychology to develop individual, team and system resilience. The concepts and applications in this book have grown out of her personal experience, professional practice and doctoral research and draw on many conversations with groups and individuals working in diverse organisational contexts.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword.. 9

Introduction.. 17

PART ONE: HOW HAS IT COME TO BE THIS WAY?. 21

Chapter One: Our Emotional Brain.. 23

Chapter Two: The Significance of Childhood Experience. 43

Chapter Three: Memory – The Orchestrator of Self and Identity. 61

PART TWO: WHAT ELSE IS POSSIBLE?. 73

Chapter Four: Bundles of Habit 75

Chapter Five: Warming up Awareness. 101

Chapter Six: Waiting – doing a little, often.. 123

PART THREE: PANNING FOR GOLD.. 143

Chapter Seven: Maggie – Moving Against 147

Chapter Eight: Carl – Moving Away. 171

Chapter Nine: Ronnie – Moving Towards. 201

Epilogue: Moving On.. 229

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