In the last few months, most of the Joy of Ageing team found themselves all reading the same book: The Leadership Trance by Neil Gamble.
The Leadership Trance is packed with real life examples of what the author has lived and discovered about our current way of life. It is a book full of facts and figures which many readers will recognise and others will find eye-opening and truly surprising.
In the words of the author:
“What is clear is that once we become more aware, more willing to know and once we are not held back by the imposed-by-education ideals and beliefs, we become intuitively open and connected to the wisdom of a universal order.”
“Having had a very comfortable family life and successful and varied executive career, in recent years the author has gradually perceived that the bubble he was living in was not in fact ‘it’ and is now absolutely convinced that the current way of mankind is nowhere close to what it should be or could be. As he became more aware of what was happening in society generally, it gradually became clear that corruption is endemic and has deep foundations in everything our temporal life offers. The book is not about trying to find solutions but about exposing that nothing in humanity’s lived ways is worth tweaking, adjusting, amending, or finessing as it is all too broken. The author asserts that we need a completely new formula – a paradigm shift!
"Early in the book the author observes that ‘this book is not for everyone’, yet this book should be prescribed reading for all those who are beginning to wake up to the fact that the current way we are living in the world is no longer working. In the author’s words, ‘Once the bigger, universal picture has been seen, it is impossible to unsee it.’
“Neil Gamble goes there and exposes the establishment that he helped create. The book also provides some insights into what ‘it’ can be. An informative and enjoyable read that just may change your life!” ~ Anne McRitchie
“During an unrelated conversation one day, I found out Neil was writing a book and asked if I could have a sneak peak, offering to give him feedback on his manuscript. This turned into a year-long project in which I had the privilege of reading every single word he wrote. I was inspired by his openness, his honesty, his complete willingness to expose everything including himself and his previous way of living. I read several of the chapters, time and time again, as we made further edits. I never, ever tired of reading the updated content because I knew each would represent a deepening, a further revelation of what he had witnessed and was able to call out.
“Neil’s long career as a globe-trotting executive is the foundation from which he writes so fluently about leadership. However, do not mistake this masterpiece as another ‘how to be in business’ book - although it is that. In truth, The Leadership Trance is a book about ‘how to be in life’. Leaving leadership up to politicians and CEO’s doesn’t appear to be working very well, does it? Neil proffers that ‘being a leader’ is all of our responsibility, equally.
“What if we collectively took responsibility for being leaders by virtue of the quality of our reflection as the Divine Beings that we are? There is no shelf-date on who can lead if this is the criteria of Leadership. Those of us in our elder years can be viable leaders right up to our last breath.”
~ Gayle Cue, Editor