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Flying Lead Change: 56 Million Years of Wisdom for Leading and Living

Flying Lead Change: 56 Million Years of Wisdom for Leading and Living

by Kelly Wendorf


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For leaders at work, at home, and in our communities—an essential guide to nature-based leadership inspired by the wisdom of indigenous teachings and horses.

Is there a common element to the challenges and crises of our modern age? If so, it must be disconnection—from each other, our planet, and the sense that our lives have purpose and meaning. Where can we turn for answers? In Flying Lead Change, leadership teacher Kelly Wendorf offers a new approach to leading and living inspired by two profound sources of ancient wisdom: original peoples and Equus (the horse), grounded in evidence-based principles of neuroscience.

In her groundbreaking EQUUS training program, Wendorf teaches a way of leadership modeled on a 56 million-year-old system of the horse herd––a path that has allowed humans and horses alike to survive the kinds of global and societal threats we now face, such as climate change and mass extinction. Here she takes you step by step through this powerful approach, including:

Listening—the starting point for all leadership, in which we suspend our biases and preferences
Care—explore the ancient, indigenous understanding of care that is reciprocal, empathic, and beneficial to all
Presence—meeting the here and now with vulnerability, openness, and a stable foundation
Safety—how a masterful leader creates a sense of group resilience and strength by “leading from behind” for the welfare of all
Connection—ways to move away from coercion and force to promote genuine communication and belonging
Peace—creating group harmony right now through the surprising concepts of “congruence” and “tempo”
Freedom—returning to our wild nature that is inherently free, unbridled, and unbroken
Joy—moving beyond temporary happiness to a state of wholehearted engagement of life, whatever the circumstances

In horsemanship, a “flying lead change” allows a running horse to respond with breathtaking grace to changing conditions. “Collectively, we need a similar physics-defying maneuver,” Wendorf writes. “This book is for the called—thought leaders, visionaries, parents, creatives, and all those who sense we are being asked to participate in humanity’s ‘flying change’ through the way we live, love, and lead.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683645726
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/13/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,083,051
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kelly Wendorf is a mother, an International Coach Federation Master Certified Coach (MCC) who specializes in transformative change, an author, a spiritual mentor, and a socially responsible entrepreneur. She is the Founding Partner of EQUUS, an innovative leadership development organization that she runs with her partner J. Scott Strachan. EQUUS uniquely combines neuroscience, systems theory, contemplative wisdom, attachment theory, somatic processes, indigenous knowledge, and nature-based intelligence in its coaching and experiential leadership development approach.

Kelly’s work has been featured in such publications as Forbes, the Wall Street Journal Magazine, Vogue, and the Huffington Post, and has been the inspiration inside several award-winning documentaries. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with Scott, Molly the dog, two barn cats, and seven equines.

For more, visit equusinspired.com and kellywendorf.com.

Table of Contents

A Letter from the Author ix

What is a Flying Lead Change? xv

Introduction 1

Part I Learning to Listen

Chapter 1 The Promise 19

Chapter 2 An Untamed Pedagogy for Life and Leadership 33

Part II Care

Chapter 3 Kanyini 47

Chapter 4 Conservation of Energy 57

Part III Presence

Chapter 5 Beingness 69

Chapter 6 Emergence 75

Chapter 7 Persistence 83

Part IV Safety

Chapter 8 Space 91

Chapter 9 Place 101

Chapter 10 Leading from Behind 109

Part V Connection

Chapter 11 Belonging 119

Chapter 12 Requests 127

Chapter 13 Vulnerability 137

Chapter 14 Engaging the Invisibles 147

Part VI Peace

Chapter 15 Congruence 161

Chapter 16 Tempo 169

Part VII Freedom

Chapter 17 Rewilding 181

Chapter 18 Creation 193

Chapter 19 Liberation 201

Part VIII Joy

Chapter 20 The Body as a Vehicle for Joy 211

Chapter 21 Leading the Flying Change 225

Giving Back 233

Gratitude 235

Notes 239

About the Author 251

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