To some Intelligent Disobedience might feel like surprising stings as when, in one of Mr Chaleff’s stories, the lieutenant told the Colonel, “That’s BS, Sir”.
To others, it will be the wonder of possibility that comes from finding the secret, camouflaged doorways in barrier walls.
Doing the right thing is not always as simple as it looks. The right thing is usually multiple threads of doing, woven into a tapestry of time that looks different depending on which side you stand and how far away your perspective takes you. “Intelligent Disobedience” takes you through a journey of examples of multiple angles and perspectives, that helps you stand back and ponder...that gives you the opportunity to learn vicariously from others’ experiences.
Leading and following is a constant ebb and flow we are all engaged in within our outer lives and inner selves. This ebb and flow surges in the edge of chaos (of chaos theory) and requires a lot of effort to keep creative possibility rooted in the earth of truth where it can be nurtured. In “Intelligent Disobedience” Mr Chaleff helps us identify possibilities of creativity “to do the right thing when what we are told to do is wrong”.
I had the blessing of spending some time with Ira Chaleff, sharing conversation, and letting his wisdom form connections to my own wandering thoughts. I had read his earlier book, "Courageous Follower" and found resonance there, but when he mentioned Intelligent Disobedience, the brilliance of “Yes!!” was uncovered. From Aesop’s fables to Star Trek, from fiction of Harry Potter to realities of “We Were Soldiers Once...and Young”, and throughout my life of trying to follow and learning to lead, I found the truths of Intelligent Disobedience had walked with me.
I just wish I would have had the opportunity to understand more clearly and earlier in my life, Ira’s “algorithms of obedience” as well as the “balancing algorithm of Intelligent Disobedience” that he describes. This book is full of stories of Intelligent Disobedience that I am not sure I would have had the courage to replicate had I been in that role. Much of our “domestication” (that Don Miguel Ruiz talks about in his “Four Agreements”) prevents us from hearing the call of the “inner self” that Mr Chaleff refers to as fundamental to Intelligent Disobedience.
For me, Intelligent Disobedience is not a treatise, it is now one of my life manuals that gets dog-eared, passages highlighted, wisdom underlined, and pages marked up with questions, comments, and memory links to other works and thoughts. Intelligent Disobedience is one of those books that could be, and should be, the foundation for courses and learning interventions in K-12 and all the other education and training we go through for professional and personal lives. It should be a recognized component of all of our personal understanding and critical thinking.
From the “crucial lessons of guide dog training”, thru the “price of teaching obedience too well”, to the “elements of teaching Intelligent Disobedience training”, Mr Chaleff takes us on a journey of introspective learning. The premise of Intelligent Disobedience feeds the light of truth, helping us to be more resilient, when we inevitably bump against the darkness. “Intelligent Disobedience” is a practical guide for anyone interested in effective leadership, courageous followership, or just pilgriming through everyday life in conversations with ourselves.
Buy “Intelligent Disobedience” and let it simmer with you. You may not agree with everything, but some wisdom therein will touch you, and I'll bet you will vibrate with some new knowing and understanding.
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Berrett-Koehler; 1 edition (1 January 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626564272
- ISBN-13: 978-1626564275
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.4 x 21.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 295 g
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