You can not start a book at page one and finish at page 278 hoping to be the perfect leader. As an author, I am acutely aware that leadership is not learned by reading books: it is learned by doing leadership. But the problem with learning from experience is that experience is a random walk.
You have good experiences and you accelerate up the career ladder. Bad experiences mean you can fall off the career ladder. A good book will help take some of the randomness out of the random walk of experience; it will help you make sense of the nonsense you encounter; it will offer you a fresh perspective on your challenges and will give you some practical help and advice on the way. That is how I try to write all my books.
Tribal Business School opens a different window on the reality of the challenges we face today. Many tribes have survived far longer with far fewer resources and in far harsher environments than most modern firms. Maybe we can learn something from them. The essence of survival and success has not changed in thousands of years: Tribal Business School shows what it takes to survive anywhere, anytime.
By Jo Owen - 11 Mar 2008
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Beautiful and intriguing photos of tribal life from world-class photographer and adventurer, Anthony Willoughby. Includes his inspirations and insights on leadership skills, learned from exploring tribal territories. Jo Owen adds the wisdom and solid business writing that made his former two books essential in any leader's library. Learn the connections between the primal organizations of our ancestors and our modern day corporate tribes. Anyone interested in leadership, organizational development, or cultural anthropology will enjoy this unique approach and visual tour.
- A. Moore
The book was not what I expected: it was far better than I had expected. I had read some of Owen's previous books, and found them intensely practical. I was not prepared for a book which turns out to be both inspirational and insightful. His big idea is that by looking at tribes you discover what leadership is all about: you strip away all the "corporate life support systems" such as computers, HR, consultants and finance and you are left with the basics of leadership survival and success. I suspect some authors would treat this as a travelogue. Owen has clearly thought it through and offers up a whole series of insights which make you stop and think. The book is also richly illustrated with stories from both tribes and businesses which bring the points to life. And the photos make it entertaining as well: the first coffee table book of management? Maybe too much substance for that description. Not cheap, but very good value.
- Hiromi Takahashi
Free from theory, Power focuses on the practical skills any manager can learn and use to their advantage. Divided into six accessible areas, you’ll find everything you need to take command of the most important skill around. Here’s how you make things happen.
By Jo Owen - 20 Sep 2007
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This is a very good book to dip in and out if you want tips on how to move on at work or are feeling stuck. Very well written with useful hints, worth buying.
These events are guaranteed to be both practical and original. They draw on the practice of setting up successful businesses and on original research on leadership around the world, including seven years of research with tribal societies.
Throw away the electronic fetters of phone, internet, email and computer. Get rid of health and safety, legal, HR, IT, facilities, brand police, accounting. All gone. Now try leading.