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Wayfinding Leadership: Ground-breaking Wisdom for Developing Leaders by Dr Chellie Spiller, John Panoho and Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr brings an innovative, practical approach to leadership and management.

The conventional ‘business as usual’ approach to business and developing leaders is often insufficient for building the kinds of organisations we need today where ‘leaders need to deal with complex organisational dynamics, respond to unpredictable and chaotic challenges, and create meaning and purpose amid uncertainty’.

Based on the art of traditional Polynesian navigation, wayfinding leadership shows how wayfinding can transform leaders and organisations by using new practices such as mindfulness and awareness of their environment. For example, the concept of a navigator travelling to a destination is re-imagined to a wayfinding concept where the navigator is not travelling but sitting still and, through listening to and reading signals from their environment, takes the necessary actions so the destination appears to come to the navigator.

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Chellie, Hoturoa and John describe the benefits of wayfinding leadership as including:
- deepening your discernment about what is really going on and be more response-able to subtle shifts and nuances, as well as see the whole. In other words, see the wood and the trees
- developing integrative thinking and perceptiveness, and seeing connections between things that possibly others don’t see, making sense of complexity
- developing personal grit and courage and helping others develop their own grit
- honing the ability to work with resistance, shed rigid mental models and enter new paradigms
- adapting more naturally to change and harnessing the potential of uncertainty, ambiguity and the unknown
- experiencing greater relaxation, presence and calm, especially in the face of adversity
- experiencing and enjoying feelings of awe and wonder in the leadership journey.

You can buy the book online at Huia Publishers

The University of Auckland bookshop has limited copies signed by all three authors, you can order online

E-book, kindle version available on Amazon

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Today’s wayfinders are the living face of a philosophy of being that has been orally transmitted from one generation to the next through millennia. The Inuit who read the snow, Australian Aboriginals who track the desert, Bedouin nomads who traverse the sand dunes and Polynesian voyagers who navigate the oceans are some of the wayfinders who continue to practise their ancient craft in cultural pockets around the world. The art of wayfinding we refer to draws upon insights of ...master navigators who travel vast distances across the ocean, without instruments such as map, sextant or compass, in traditionally built Polynesian double-hulled sailing catamarans (waka).

In our book Wayfinding Leadership: Groundbreaking Wisdom for Developing Leaders we draw upon the experiences and adventures of Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr and the waka Haunui,and weaves this together with the wider body of leadership knowledge. We show how wayfinding leadership can transform leaders and organisations.


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