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The Camino Way: Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain Hardcover – July 13, 2017
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“...brilliantly draws continuous connections between the Camino, which started as a religious pilgrimage hundreds of years ago, and contemporary business leadership.” —Foreword Reviews
“What began as a competitive trek became an amazing adventure and career game-changer.” — Retail Observer
A leadership journey unlike any other.
Stretching across 500 miles of northern Spain, the Camino de Santiago has been a pilgrimage route for a millennium. Each year, hundreds of thousands of peregrinos make their way through rugged countryside and medieval towns in order to reflect, test their will, and join a community of strangers on a shared mission. In short, it’s the ideal training ground for authentic leadership.
Challenged to walk the Camino, Victor Prince began his trek as one person: driven, work-focused and highly competitive, and he finished it a very different one: more balanced, more caring, and more present in the moment. In this transformative book he guides readers on their own Camino, translating his experience into seven essential leadership lessons inspired by the values emblazoned on the back of every pilgrim’s passport:
Treat each day as its own adventure • Make others feel welcome • Learn from those who’ve walked before • Consider your impact on those who follow • And more
Leadership is a journey. The Camino Way prepares you to tackle it with a pilgrim’s heart, a wayfarer’s grit, and a leader’s vision.
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Then I had to find out how reading about this book and what a pleasant surprise that was. Author Victor Prince uses the backdrop of his own pilgrimage along the Camino Way to give leadership lessons.
All along his thirty-day journey he received like every other pilgrim who takes this journey he stopped to have his Pilgrim’s “Passport” which formally documented and officially marked every step of his journey. He notices that on the back of the passport titled, “Spirit of the Camino” he found seven guideposts for not only the journey but also for all aspects of a life being well-lived. It was on these guideposts that he constructed his very useful and inspiring book.
Here they are:
1. Welcome each day, its pleasures, and its challenges
2. Make others feel welcome
3. Live in the moment
5. Feel the spirit if those who have come before you
6. Appreciate those who walk with you today
7. Imagine those who will follow you
Mr. Prince took these very valuable guideposts and turned them into chapters of the book. Relating first where he was on the pilgrimage in each chapter, talking about his own journey through life as well as the people he meets along the way.
Then as a special treat each chapter ends with what he calls a Camino Leadership Lesson here he applies the guideline to business and yes to life. Here is discusses lessons like, “Identify Hidden Pockets of Value” or “Maximize Recognition” where he demonstrates the value of recognizing people for their contributions.
And finally, he wraps up the book with a summary of lessons learned from Camino Way. The very fact that he ties in a religious experience with a personal experience with a business lesson was surprisingly appealing to me as I hope it will be for other readers.
This book is a true and unique pleasure to read and ponder.
See many people may see my mentality and think I am intense and hardcore but I had an experience while motorbiking through Vietnam alone where I may have not returned home if some teenagers had not helped me! Reading this section of you being helped due to the kindness of others sent me back and reproduced those feelings. Those feelings of being so lost, alone and helpless before I had found help and then the most amazing feelings after being helped and in how impactful kindness can be to others even when for the people helping it may be something so simple. Typing this message sends all kinds of memories and emotions through me.
Although I did not experience your specific experience, I understand walking till your boots are soaked in blood and also the feelings of starting a journey with the onset of obstacles early on that truly begin to make you question many things. Is this possible? Can I do this? What if…??
So I just wanted to thank you and write to you to explain how deeply the end of the chapter affected me. The feeling of being helped when you reach a point where mental toughness no longer can help yourself is indescribable. It definitely taught me to be grateful, help others and be kind without expectation of anything in return. (Anyways, the kindness I continue to give has already been returned by the people who have helped me before.)
Thank you for taking the time, energy and effort to put this book together. Thank you for making the decision to go on this adventure as I am sure there will be many who will connect with what you describe, learn from what you learned and be inspired by what you experienced.
Definitely a must read ! One of those few hard to put down books.