Beyond Threat - Early Reviews
At work and home, we believe we are reasonable, 21st century adults. But this highly readable and relevant book has opened my eyes and deepened my understanding of a parallel reality. Our nervous system and vital parts of our brain tell us it’s a jungle out there and we are under threat. If we can recognize, understand and manage these embodied ‘messages’, the implications for ourselves, our families and friends as well as the organizations we work in - are simply enormous.
Jim Cookson, Director Client Solutions, Ashridge/Hult International Business School
Regulating our motivational system by paying more attention to and nurturing our safe brain is, I believe, at the cutting edge of leadership learning and practice. I have run leadership development programmes based on Dr Wickremasinghe’s work for over four years, deeply immersing our leaders and managers in these practices. Participants have been inspired and energised to lead more courageously and act as catalysts for change within organisations. It is very timely to see this work appearing in print. This is a powerful opportunity to reach a much broader audience of executives and L&D practitioners, enabling them to rethink how they develop and compete for the top talent of the future.
Tom Jones, VP, Rolls-Royce
I believe that trust is at the heart of great leadership, and to understand what is really driving our behaviour is fundamental to creating the environment where excellent teamwork and transformation can take place. Over the last five years I have worked with Dr Wickremasinghe, developing our high potential future leaders to embrace the challenge of leading global teams within a complex business. I am delighted that her insights into the emotional brain and impact on leadership style will now reach a wider audience through this book.
Christoph Debus, Chief Airlines Officer, Thomas Cook Group
Dr Wickremasinghe’s translation of the neuroscience of motivation through the Trimotive Brain concept has resonated with Fujitsu’s global leaders and helped develop a deeper understanding of our behaviours and relationships at work. In the leadership development programmes we have run, high achieving participants from around the world quickly recognise their own Threat-Drive brain loops and appreciate the importance of managing their inner critic and developing self-compassion as they expand their capabilities and aspirations. When I look around the room and see leaders from very diverse cultures nod in agreement and appear genuinely touched by the clarity and warmth of these ideas and practices, I am convinced that this kind of learning and understanding is fundamental in helping organisations to unlock the potential of their people.
Ian Parkes, VP, Global Talent & Leadership Development, Fujitsu
In this beautifully written and humane book, we learn how we become the stories we tell about ourselves and how, by re-authoring our sense of self, we can address our demons and lead more fulfilling lives.
Jules Goddard, Fellow, London Business School
Take your time while reading this book. It brings discoveries about human nature that need to sink in. More importantly, it gives you hope, courage and curiosity to embark on a journey of compassionate self-discovery. The Trimotive Brain is like a three-headed fantastic beast whose heads need to agree on the direction and then the beast can fly!”
Mike Houghton, Programme Director, Amec Foster Wheeler