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An Evening with Linda Kohanov
February 26, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm$35
Where: Riverbend Church – Quad 4 • 4214 Capital Texas Hwy N • Austin, TX 78746
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What might we accomplish if we finally understood how to be powerful, together?
In this engaging presentation, bestselling author Linda Kohanov debuts compelling insights and practical tools from her upcoming book The Five Roles of a Mastery Herder (due in June 2016). This innovative model—based on an ancient source of wisdom—offers a much needed perspective on how free, empowered people can navigate continuously changing social and economic climates.
Linda’s fifth book looks at traditional herding cultures where tribes must manage large groups of powerful animals without the benefit of fences and very little reliance on restraints. Master Herders exhibit a sophisticated understanding of leadership and group cohesion as they move through seasonal grazing lands, facing predators, and dealing with changing climates/resources along the way. This knowledge, virtually lost to modern “civilized” leaders, is based on the little-known fact that among cattle and horses, the herd leader and the herd dominant are often different animals. Furthermore, group coordination and solidarity are reinforced through companionship, nurturing, and sentinel-related
“Leaders, Dominants, Sentinels and Nurturer/Companions are all crucial to herd cohesiveness,” Linda writes. “The animals themselves tend to play more than one role, though few are fluent in all the roles. The thing about being human among herbivores ten times your size is that you really do need to perform all these roles well to become a Master Herder, especially in the great unfenced back-country where freedom abides. Humans also need to separate predatory power from the other four roles. When used consciously and judiciously, the Predator role keeps life in balance with available resources. But for the most part, it is important to employ the Dominant, Leader, Sentinel and Nurturer/Companion roles in their non-predatory forms.”
Linda’s professional clients include Nike, Raytheon, and Chubb Insurance. She has also taught this model at universities and conferences in the US and Europe. “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you know how to employ all of these roles,” she says. “Understanding the differences between these ‘power tools,’ and how to combine them has been a revelation to leaders, teachers, parents, clergy; basically anyone interested in accessing the greener pasturers of humanity’s own untapped potential.”