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Hardwired Humans

Offices are not our natural habitat. Leadership is easier when you understand the nine instincts that still drive human behaviour.


Successful Leadership Using Human Instincts

Hardwired Humans shares a practical framework that helps makes sense of human behaviour and allows leaders to manage more effectively.

With the Industrial Revolution only 250 years ago, we left our hunting, gathering and village societies to work in offices and factories. However, we did not leave behind the instincts of social interaction we inherited from our ancestors. The behaviour that ensured our survival on the savannah plains of Africa causes tremendous challenges in today’s workplace. Yet an understanding of instinctive behaviour also provides solutions to the challenges that leaders commonly face.

As you read this entertaining book, you will learn how the instincts of clan connections, hierarchy, gossip, politics, snap judgments, status displays and sexual competition continue to drive modern office interactions just as they have driven human interaction for millennia.

At our core we are social animals. In Hardwired Humans, understanding our nature as social animals is enhanced by sharing true stories about chimpanzees from Taronga Zoo, Sydney and Gombe, Tanzania.

Witty and well researched, this actionable framework will bring you back to the basics of human nature and guide you down the path to effective leadership in the 21st century.

Andrew O’Keeffe and Dr Jane Goodall in Melbourne 2014
A compelling book
Dr Jane Goodall

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