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Great leaders take their teams on exploratory journeys to discover as yet unchartered territories. The Nomadic Mindset: Never Settle...for Too Long is much more than just another management or leadership book. It takes you on two journeys. In one, you fly off to the little known and somewhat mysterious worlds of the nomads in Mongolia, the Masaii in Kenya, and the Berbers in Morocco. In the other, you delve into yourself, your values, and your approach to leadership. With its refreshing new perspective and original concept, The Nomadic Mindset is a gemstone that has the potential to significantly contribute to a paradigm shift businesses and the world so badly need.
While researching this book, Kevin Cottam embarked on a journey to experience and absorb nomadic cultures on different continents. Drawing on these unique experiences, he shares the importance of traditions still deeply imbedded in these cultures. These customs have been kept alive for centuries and still play a fundamental role in how life is conducted in general and how business is done there. As we are introduced to wonderful ceremonies, such as the Tea Ceremony, we are inspired to reflect on the possible learning opportunities, both for us as individuals and for our organisations. We are enticed to wonder how these learnings can enrich and transform our modern leadership practices.
The stories and the colourfully vibrant yet peaceful pictures kept me in awe throughout. Kevin Cottam is an excellent storyteller and takes us with him on his discovery journeys to the deserts. He excites our senses as he weaves pictorial scenes and sentences, paints landscapes and portraits, and elucidates ceremonies and rituals. He masterfully leads us from the desert to the boardroom and from the nomads to the Western world in a juxtaposition of realities.
There are different layers and levels to this book that you can use to suit your needs. It can be read as an interesting exploration of the few tribes that still live by the principles of the nomadic mindset, as a collection of interesting views on leadership as told by corporate leaders across different industries and countries, or both.
Readers with an inquisitive and adventurous mind will discover The Nomadic Mindset and its benefits for individuals and organisations and their management. Leaders who wish to abandon the current well-known, ineffectual archetype and want to discover new pastures for their herds find a wealth of wisdom in The Nomadic Mindset, an excellent tool and a terrific option for those who want to lead change in their organisation and are willing to think differently.
This truly masterful book took me on an inspiring and thought-provoking journey, which I enjoyed tremendously. There is no doubt in my mind that every time I look into The Nomadic Mindset: Never Settle...for Too Long I will get more insights, spirited ideas, and a deeper understanding that will lead to further contemplation. This ground-breaking book ought to be on the reading list of every leader and manager.
Agnes Tarnai, Leadership Coach and Conference Speaker - Hungary
The author offers us the perspective of a hawk about our organizations. Somehow, he helps the reader view from the eyes of a nomad and invites us to have a new mindset about the way we lead ourselves and our organizations. I think it will be very useful for the people in or organizations and not only to the CEO. In my perspective is a must read! Thanks for this fresh vision!