To Plant a Walnut Tree
In To Plant a Walnut Tree Trevor Waldock embarks on a quest to find how we can use our experience to create a fruitful legacy – something he calls eldership. Privileged with the gift of experience, elders can see the broader perspective and hold their leaders to account. Their wisdom may be needed to solve a problem, understand a dilemma, resolve a conflict or map a pathway through complex and unfamiliar territory. They make way for, and they guide, generations to come. We can all aspire to live and lead this way. The discovery that one’s life can be a journey that makes sense, and not just for oneself in the short term, can change everything. Waldock’s compelling narrative may be the key to examining many of the challenges society faces at all levels – it speaks to leaders in all aspects of life, be they in business, health, education, or local and national politics. It is not limited to gender, culture, education or age. Whether you’re a twenty-something executive coming up for breath or a CEO at the top of your game, whether you’re considering ‘retirement’ or a career break, To Plant A Walnut Tree is a personal invitation to reshape your life and find a pathway to share wisdom in a practical way.
Trevor Waldock is one of the best-known, and best-respected, executive coaches in Europe and has worked at the most senior level in organisations across all sectors. The author of The 18 Challenges of Leadership, he is also the founder of Emerging Leaders, a charity that aims to bring the best of leadership development to the poorest of communities in sub-Saharan Africa.
“To Plant a Walnut Tree is a moving and highly readable account of a tough personal journey in a world which no longer values experience. The language and structure of the book are both deceptively simple, but the complex topic of what lies beyond leadership is thoroughly explored. Compelling stuff.” – Charles Parker, Clerk to the Mercer's Company from 1998 to 2008 “Trevor Waldock is a profound thinker and To Plant a Walnut Tree is a wonderful story ... An insightful and meaningful book.” – Jane Meyler, owner of Meyler Coaching and senior leadership professional “Everything I read in his new book held my attention and often touched me – his searching, his humility, the quality of his descriptive writing, the narrative, the humanness and indeed the eldership that he displays. I like what I have read very much and I believe it will hold readers well. I fully endorse the conclusions and he has found a great way to convey it to others.” – Sir John Whitmore, author of Coaching for Performance “To Plant a Walnut Tree profoundly touches the heart of what many are pondering and plants the seed of a new way of thinking about our leadership contribution. The journey many of us take seems to stop at a clear and sometimes unfulfilling point – now we have reached the top, what’s next? Trevor’s well-argued and passionate answer is to become an elder, one who knows what they can uniquely do that the world of tomorrow needs. It will inspire you to renew how you bring your humanity to the work you do with and for others.” – Dr Gerry McSorley, Senior Leadership Fellow, NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement