Martin Farrell

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Wild Waters a survive and thrive guide for good leaders in bad trouble

‘You have to write a book about it’ said a third sector Chief Executive I had been coaching. ‘You have all that experience of coaching CEOs though crisis and you have to share it.’

That was just the spark, in October 2016, that I needed. Having been coaching CEOs since 2002 the time had come to share.

A couple of years later, after researching and pondering, I asked her advice. How do I start writing? I won’t share her exact words, but in summary she said I should just get on with it. So I did. That was January 2019. To my surprise the words started trickling (I’m a slow writer so ‘flowing’ would be an exaggeration) and a shape came to me.

That shape is a magically realistic story, a collective memoire, created from the harsh reality of the hundreds of CEOs I have coached. The story is supplemented by ‘A Way of Coaching’ and self-evaluation exercises to help readers understand what’s happening around them and in them.

We learn by stories, always have, always will and this story has the ring of truth conveying many nuggets of punchy and practical advice for all third sector leaders who are navigating the turbulent and sometimes dangerous waters swirling around CEOs, chairs and boards.

Although the source data comes from CEOs, the ‘good leaders’ are all of those who lead organisations which deliver social benefit and their ‘bad trouble’ is the drama between CEOs, chairs and boards.

’Wild Waters’ mixes the fantastical with the mundane, the real and unreal, weird night happenings with waking life. It’s a business how-to book combined with an engaging story which will captivate leaders who may have short attention span but face big challenges.

I expect the complete manuscript to be 45,000 – 50,000 words of which I have written 36,000. Engaging design and drawings throughout will illustrate the nuggets of advice and engage the reader.

Have you been in ‘wild waters’? What do you know now that you wish you had known then? What have you learned and what would you like to pass on to third sector leaders? I’d love to hear from you. (And if you’re in wild waters right now, I’d be glad to hear from you too.)

It all starts with a conversation, like it did in October 2016. And the story is still being written ...

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