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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Red Hatchet Press (May 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098471250X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984712502
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,492,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If, as Alan Shelton, asserts, awakening is akin to enlightenment, then every business person (and even those not in the corporate arena) should read this book. Awakened Leadership represents a bright new day in an otherwise dark world.- Marshall Goldsmith - million-selling author of the New York Times bestsellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There

Don't think for one second that this is just another leadership book. Alan Shelton has broken new ground with Awakened Leadership. Alan leads us by his own example - sharing his journey so we can better understand our own, and helping us experience the authentic, love-filled, awakened life we all yearn for.-Marci Shimoff, NY Times bestselling author, Happy for No Reason and Love for No Reason

Awakened Leadership is unlike any other book you ve likely read on leadership. Trekking through his own life experiences as both a business leader and spiritual seeker, Alan invites us to explore our own deep restlessness, the beliefs that are driving it, and the transforming power of presence and service to move us through and beyond it. --Dr. Paula Butterfield, author of In Our Right Mind: the Transforming Power of Women in Healthcare

[Shelton] writes with a rare combination of lighthearted personal transparency, sharp insight, and humor. The skillfully etched stories of his life provide example after example of how, believing in an illusory self-mastery, we all tend to seek fulfillment through ego-driven activities only to be frustrated again and again. For our era of radical, discontinuous change and opportunity, he offers a set of pointers to help disengage the ego mechanism that blocks the experience of awakening. Then, he says, we can be lived into our authentic leadership, not only in the business world but in any domain of life. [...] I highly recommend the book to any one of you who knows that your spiritual path is the door to an awakened life wherever you are planted. --Swami Veet Brahm (Osho Viha Information Center)

[Shelton] writes with a rare combination of lighthearted personal transparency, sharp insight, and humor. The skillfully etched stories of his life provide example after example of how, believing in an illusory self-mastery, we all tend to seek fulfillment through ego-driven activities only to be frustrated again and again. For our era of radical, discontinuous change and opportunity, he offers a set of pointers to help disengage the ego mechanism that blocks the experience of awakening. Then, he says, we can be lived into our authentic leadership, not only in the business world but in any domain of life. [...] I highly recommend the book to any one of you who knows that your spiritual path is the door to an awakened life wherever you are planted. --Swami Veet Brahm (Osho Viha Information Center)

About the Author

After decades of managing and advising large multinational companies, as well as the type of early-stage organizations that launched his highly successful career, Alan Shelton migrated to leadership coaching. Having experienced his own awakening, he began to ignite others who want to live authentically in the global corporate world, supporting them to deconstruct the assumptions that conceal the doorway to living as the awakened self.

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ALAN E. SHELTON, grew up immersed in the sixties' vision of infinite possibility. He began his career in 1977 at Price Waterhouse, structuring and negotiating Fortune 500 merger and acquisition transactions. After decades of managing and advising large multinational companies, as well as the type of early-stage organizations that launched his highly successful career, Alan migrated to leadership coaching - working with clients like VF Corporation, the University of San Diego and Celgene.

Having experienced his own awakening, he began to ignite others who want to live authentically in the global corporate world, supporting them to deconstruct the assumptions that conceal the doorway to living as the awakened self. Alan shares his story in the groundbreaking book "Awakened Leadership" (May 2012).

Stephen Covey taught us the habits of effective leaders. Eckhart Tolle exposed us to the land of awakening. Now, Alan Shelton integrates these two worlds and sheds light on the hope of a life of leadership that encourages authentic living for the greatest impact.

As a thought leader, Alan is in demand as a leadership speaker and workshop facilitator. In addition to his corporate coaching practice, he holds gatherings for seekers who have the courage to take a dip in the pool of intense experience. He lives in Oceanside, California, with his wife and two beloved dogs.

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It was a fascinating read with great stories in it.
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Alan Shelton shares with us his life-long journey of exploring internal assumptions in his quest for living fully "awake."
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Ok, by now you have likely come to the conclusion, JT really likes the book.
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Format: Hardcover
The core thesis of this book is that within each person, there are potentialities that are dormant, if not asleep. This may be what Whitman had in mind in "Song of Myself" when he asserted, "I am large, I contain multitudes." As Alan Shelton explains, "Who you really are bubbles up continuously to form the intuition that initiates the seeking. And the seeking that you undertake [during a journey of self-discovery] can indeed eradicate your identification with who you think you are. Moving toward recognizing the truth is a transformational journey in which the `you' that you believe yourself to be will be lost and something [someone] entirely new will take its place."

I share Shelton's affection (passion?) for metaphors but wary of them when in danger of excessive use, a form of abuse. However, I am comfortable with "journey" because it has several relevancies insofar what this book is about is concerned. First, with regard to man's lifelong quest for knowledge and understanding on a personal level; next, as a progression through various stages of employment (including self-employment) that require rigorous scrutiny in terms of perils and opportunities; and finally, the process by which (hopefully) we improve our ability to answer questions and solve problems.

For Shelton, if I understand his key points correctly (and I may not), progress is best measured in terms of the nature and extent of increased [begin italics] awareness [end italics]. His objective is to provide the information, insights, and counsel his reader needs to experience the multi-dimensional reality of "the highest form of awareness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Brigger on August 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Alan Shelton sheds new light and meaning on self mastery and ego. Alan's book has shifted my jaded thinking in regards to the corporate world I fled from. Alan's book had me hooked from the beginning with these words"Spiritual Seekers are looking for truth while corporate types are looking for authenticity."
Not all leaders of the corporate world are the ruthless people many of us dealt with or see in the media. What touched me are the leaders who Alan has worked with who realize they must experience their own awakening in order to effectively lead heartfully in this New Age. Alan's own personal journey from the corporate world to his own enlightenment which took him back to the corporate world is an amazing story of honesty and spiritual awakening that has truly inspired me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Estill on May 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I had the privilege of reading an advance copy of Alan Shelton's new book Awakened Leadership - Beyond Self Mastery.

I love the title because I seek self mastery. As the title implies, the book is about the soul of leadership. It speaks of spirituality in leadership (not as in religious - as in soul)

Shelton weaves stories through the book. Each interesting on their own and if read thoughtfully, each inspiring thought and providing challenge. The book move chronologically through Shelton's life starting with fond childhood memories. He often reflects back to his youth throughout the book.

He ends to books with stories of his coaching. His coaching style seems unique but also intuitively obvious as effective.

Shelton offers many challenges to leaders to examine themselves. To keep growing.

I love the book and would suggest it to any leader or coach.

It reminds me of a line from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. "In the end, it will all be well and if it is not well, it must not be the end".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miki Strong on May 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
With so many books on leadership, many of them outstanding, Alan's work stands out as a must-read for this moment in our history as mankind. No longer is it good enough to talk-the-talk of leadership without engaging what it really means to be a leader. From the forward to the very last page, Alan draws us in by weaving colorful stories of his own journey into awakened leadership, and why we must BE leadership rather than DO leadership.

But this book is about more than leadership ... it's about awakening to who you are and your place in this world, living consciously with purpose and meaning as you "bring all of yourself into this life experience". It's from this awakened place that leadership takes on a whole new meaning as you stand in your own strength.

In Alan's own words, "strap yourself in for the ride" and be prepared to laugh, cry, disagree, reminisce, and see yourself mirrored in this quest for Awakened Leadership.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Burke Miller on November 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I feel privileged to have found Awakened Leadership and read it. In my 16 years experience as an executive coach and leadership trainer, I find Shelton to be a truly original voice in the leadership development field.

What I love about this book is the way Shelton offers fresh paradigms instead of rehashing old leadership conventions. For example, he suggests that rather than our expansion as human beings serving the goals of leadership, leadership is a stage for our expansion and development as human beings. He says that the highest calling of leadership is less about doing, and more about allowing - which he shows is not just a new age idea, but an essential element in being able to innovate and answer the toughest corporate and societal problems with truly creative solutions. He describes how great results in business are no longer the product of a performance focus, but follow more from shifting consciousness and changing basic assumptions.

Besides his thesis being compelling, Alan's life stories are truly riveting, weaving the depth of his experience together with the most profound truths of ancient wisdom, quantum physics and business strategy. I literally could not put the book down, which is unheard of for a non-fiction, leadership book.

I heartily recommend it - for the entertainment value, or for profound insights into leadership and business - either way, you can't lose.
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