Wicked & Wise : How to Solve the World’s Toughest Problemsis the first compelling title in a brand new series launching with Urbane Publications.
A groundbreaking new series developed by leading consultant Alan Watkins, the Wicked & Wise explores a number of hotly debated and “wicked” issues facing the planet and its people, and offers some intelligent, challenging and “wise” ways forward that may be able to break through the current intractable position. Each book in the series is co-authored by leading leadership consultant Alan Watkins and a hand-picked expert in each subject field.
The first book in the series looks at some of the most pressing and topical issues affecting the world today, from the clash of religions and cultures in a globalised world to the growing dominance of technology. Co-written with renowned social thinker and philosopher Ken Wilber the book sets the scene for debating the key challenges facing current and future generations, and sets possible agendas for how leaders, and potential leaders, can solve challenges through the wise application of multi-tiered multi-channel, multi-organisational intervention and lead in a highly developed, enlightened & selfless way.
Many organisations have an urgency addiction. It requires a very different mind-set to step back and ask tough questions. Alan has helped to bring those questions and that kind of thinking to our team. He has also helped me to realise that this journey stats from within. There is a level of positive contagion that comes from working with Alan.
Shaun Usmar, CFO Barrick Gold Corporation
Alan helped me to understand that deeper empathy and attention to getting others on board is critical to accelerate and embed change.
Matt Simister, Commercial Director Fresh Food & Commodities, Tesco Plc
Alan has also helped me remain in the present, learning to operate from a position of inner peace and calmness is transformational.
John Browett, CEO Dunelm Group, ex CEO Monsoon Accessorize, ex CEO Dixons Group, ex Apple Board member
Alan gave me some tools that allowed me to ‘step out of the shadows’ rather than be a silent advisor. I became willing to be lead visibly rather than leading through influence. That changed gears for me. Working with Alan helped us understand the importance of spending enough time understanding the divergent team and how best to harness them.
Sir Ian Cheshire, UK Government’s Lead Non-Executive Director, ex CEO Kingfisher Group
Dr Alan Watkins is recognised as an international expert on leadership and human performance.
Alan has a broad mix of commercial, academic, scientific and technological abilities. Drawing on his background as a physician and neuroscientist he has an ability to integrate different lines of development and scientific advances from many fields.
Over the past 15 years Alan has been a coach and confidant to many of the world’s top leaders. He is passionate about developing enlightened leadership in the world in multiple market sectors and enabling leaders to make a more meaningful contribution in a increasingly complex world.
Alan is an honorary senior lecturer in neuroscience and psychological medicine at Imperial College, London and an affiliate professor of leadership at the European School of Management, London. He originally qualified as a physician, has a first class degree in psychology and a PhD immunology.
Alan’s work has focused on coaching CEOs and boards. When working with individual leaders, he often tracks a person’s physiology for 24 hours, covering a normal working day. Insights from this monitoring guide transformational leadership and personal development.
In addition to working extensively with executive teams in organisations, Alan has also worked with the GB rowing squad prior to the London Olympics and continues to provide guidance to the coaches and crews in preparation for Rio 2016.