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Street Smart Awareness and Inquiry-in-Action

In the book we present practices that are simple and manageable, underpinned by sophisticated techniques that will open up your thinking and acting, and develop and enrich your everyday life both at work and beyond. Our starting point will not be a review of the considerable research and frameworks for transforming leadership—we will jump right into the practice. This book offers a gateway through which to start developing your capacities to transform this world for the better.

The 45 Street Smart Practices are written by the authors and 15 chosen contributors, for whom they are part of everyday life and yet usually found in more rarified places where senior leaders take time to reflect on their strategic leadership as individuals and in teams. We wanted to make them available for a larger audience in more accessible – Street Smart – language.

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Authors of the Street Smart Awareness

Jane Allen
Jane Allen is an experienced consultant, facilitator and coach working in public and private sectors, based in the UK. She provides advice and support to consultants and coaches working in the field of organisational and leadership development. Her ambition is to encourage the best of individuals and organisations in pursuit of their highest ideals and achievements.
Heidi Gutekunst
Heidi has a M.Sc. (Econ.). She has worked most of her career in traditional and digital advertising agencies. Heidi has several national and international awards in innovative advertising, branding, design and digital service design. She started her career working as a Human Resource Manager and continued from there to key account management, strategic advertising and branding.
Bill Torbert
Bill is Leadership Professor Emeritus at Boston College. He has consulted worldwide and served at numerous boards. Bill’s leadership article “Seven Transformations of Leadership” was selected as the “10 best ever” by Harvard Business Review. He is also the father of the Global Leadership Profile (GLP).


Co-founder of Amara Collaboration Jane Allen points to the need to balance personal inquiry during the worldwide crisis and the need for action under pressure whilst much is uncertain and volatile. The commitment to step back for moments of reflection and disciplined inquiry leads to more timely action and maintaining strong composed leadership. We are … Continued

In February 2018 Heidi Gutekunst was invited to the Efter Nio Talk show of YLE Fem to talk about the just released book Street Smart Awareness and Inquiry-in-Action. The Talk show Efter Nio, is hosted by Sonja Kailassaari Mårten Svartström.

Jane Allen a Co-founder of Amara Collaboration tells how the book Street Smart Awareness and Inquiry-In-Action was brought alive and why. Learn more about the Book or Buy the book at Amazon.