William Ayot's poetry, prose and performances have helped leaders around the world to pause, reflect and occasionally re-think; to re-engage with their imaginations and refresh themselves on the journey of leadership. This slim volume represents his work in the field and reminds us that timeless challenges can still find contemporary champions, and that old virtues can find new venues, even in the jargon-polluted corporate world.
This book wasn't written for poets. It was written for people who are often estranged from poetry, who might not trust it, who may have been baffled, or irritated, or even turned off by it. It was also written for those who spend the better part of their time guiding others through the labyrinth of working life, the men and women who at different levels, lead the organisations that shape so much of our modern lives.
"Occasionally a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and ourselves. For many of today's leaders I believe 'E-Mail from the Soul' will be such a book. It shines a spotlight of humanity into the heart of organisational life, and on the often unspoken, deeply felt , and kaleidoscopic path that leaders follow. A much needed gift to those who carry so much responsibility for all our futures." - Andrew White, Associate Dean, Said Business School, University of Oxford
"I have witnessed first-hand the profound impact of William Ayot's poems on leaders seeking to take themselves to the next level. Through them, executives come to understand that they manage in prose, but lead in poetry. The poems in 'E-Mail from the Soul' speak - directly and intimately - to core challenges of leadership in times of profound transition. - Michael Watkins, Author "The First 90 Days"
William Ayot's poems don't offer much comfort. They are tools for survival in an uncertain corporate world - a way to preserve in yourself and to recognise in others, the roots of human feeling, passion, power and decency. - Philip Gross, Poet and Author, winner T.S.Eliot Prize