Restoring Spirit To Business: The Shaman As Corporate Leader with Richard Whiteley

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Imagine this: You're asked to deliver a message to your CEO in the boardroom. As you approach you hear the sound of drumming. You cautiously open the door and on the floor, surrounded by burning candles, you behold the CEO and board of directors lying, flat with their eyes closed, being drawn into the rhythmic beat of the drum. Are you hallucinating? No. All is well. Richard Whiteley, author and corporate shaman extraordinaire, is leading them on a journey to find their power animals. The corporate culture as we have come to know it may never be the same. Whiteley intrigues us with a fascinating story about how his life experiences led him to shamanism and his life's purpose: using the time tested tools and techniques of ancient shamanic traditions to restore and heal business. He says, "If 75% of the people want more spirituality in their lives, and most of those people are in organizations working, then it seems that another archetype is required, and that would be leader as compassionate healer." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Whiteley is the author of:

  • The Corporate Shaman: A Business Fable (HarperBusiness, NY, 2002)
  • Love the Work You're With: Find the Job You Always Wanted Without Leaving the One You Have (Henry Holt & Company February 2001)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What you can do to discover your life purpose
  • How to integrate shamanic practice in your work
  • How you can find your power animal(s)
  • What five conditions are necessary for a successful shamanic journey
  • Where a shamanic journey can take you
Host: Michael Toms        Interview Date: 4/4/2002        Program Number: 2932