Troubador Mannership

Released: 28/04/2022

ISBN: 9781803131467

eISBN: 9781803138596

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Seeking a Source of Self-destruction


Mark has an unusual history. After losing his hearing as an eighteen-month-old infant, the next six years were silent as he honed his way of watching. Wandering Africa and Asia as a teenager and being adopted by nomadic tribes opened his eyes to the cultural nuances of different lands and peoples. 
Mannership is an enquiry into origins of self-destruction which is uniquely human, focusing on 3 questions: 

  • How does an individual mind become ‘poisoned’ by a self-destructive tendency? 
  • How is the poison hidden, and harboured, in a part of the mind which is ‘out of reach’ so we cannot simply ‘deal’ with it? 
  • How did our environment or culture develop in such a way that this ‘poison’ became thrust so deep into our children’s minds?

From the teachings of indigenous Shamans to the lessons taught by animals, Mark connects observations from his journeys to read like magical adventures while seeking an elusive source of self-destruction.

Mark’s descriptions are vibrant, and the text is further illustrated with fantastic photographs of the people and places he encountered. These personal stories are magical and full of rare adventures.

by Clarion Reviews

Mark’s reflection and openness to personal growth with an extraordinary selection of teachers including indigenous shamans is satisfying and inspiring.

by Blue Ink Review

His stories of how he communicated using what he calls his “deaf-sight” really set this work apart from other memoirs, as it explores the nuances of human connection.

by Kirkus reviews

This book is fascinating and refreshing. An unusual upbringing brought Mark a rich perspective and references, that challenged the clique points of view of our society.Mark’s experience and therefore observations of different cultures Add to his understanding of human behavior, that together with psychoanalysis and the wisdom extracted from old sacred texts, delivers a beautiful message.

by Alberto Albeniz

Mark Goodwin

Mark Goodwin

University of Oxford 1973-1975; Mackinnon Scholar, Mathematics; Johnson Exhibitioner, Theoretical Physics; Masters degree First Class Honours (Physics)

Diplomatic Service for British Government in the Gilbert Islands, South Pacific as the last English District Officer before independence from the Crown, 1975 to 1977.

The Alexander Proudfoot Company of Chicago 1977 to 1983. Starting as a junior consultant and rising through all the ranks to Director General, Europe at age 29.

Chief Executive, Booker Tate Ltd. 1984 to 1991. Booker Tate was the largest manager of Tropical Agriculture in the developing world, working in 26 countries.

CarnaudMetalbox 1992 to 1993. CarnaudMetalbox was Europe's leading packaging company with 30,000 employees in 160 factories and 40 countries globally. Mark was responsible for initiating cultural change in manufacturing.

Mark worked as an independent consultant 1993 to 2003 coaching organisations in Central Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

President of Efeso Consulting USA, 2003 to 2016, creating a Change Leadership course taught in 30 countries.

In parallel (1989 to 2001) trained and practiced in psychotherapy, receiving the membership of the Institute of Group Analysis, London and membership of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists.

Working with indigenous tribal shamans from Africa and the Americas (1993 to date)

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