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E-Mail From The Soul

Subtitle New & Selected Leadership Poems
By William Ayot
Published by PS Avalon
ISBN 978-0-9572246-1-2
Spring 2013


Ayot’s poetry has helped leaders from around the world to pause, reflect and re-think, to re-engage with their imaginations and refresh themselves. This collection reminds us that timeless challenges can still find contemporary champions, and old virtues can find new venues, even in the jargon-polluted corporate world.

Author's Biography

William Ayot is a poet, presenter, and workshop leader with extensive experience in corporate world. In the early nineties he underwent a personal transformation and since that time has devoted himself to working with others as a poet, storyteller, facilitator, coach and mentor.


Occasionally a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and ourselves – [this is] such a book. — Andrew White, Associate Dean, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford 

I have witnessed first-hand the profound impact of Ayot’s poems on leaders seeking to take themselves to the next level. — Michael Watkins, Author “The First 90 Days” 

Ayot’s poems are tools for survival, a way to preserve in yourself, and recognise in others, the roots of human feeling, passion, power and decency. — Philip Gross, Poet and Author, winner T.S.Eliot Prize 

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I would like to cast my vote for William Ayot's excellent Email from the Soul.
William is a superb poet. I urge you to attend one of his poetry readings to hear him read is sublime.
Magnificent writing. Should be required reading.
Brilliant poetry = True fiction!!!!!
By reading just one poem to groups of executives accomplishes what sometimes can take a lifetime of reflection - great short cut:)
Inspiring and readable
How brilliant to have poetry that can be used in a managerial culture - and to such great effect. Brilliant.
Poetic brilliance!
Wonderfully free, unadorned language, pin sharp on its subjects, with wit and pathos in equal measure.
Profoundly moving book. Much of what William writes speaks to the soul.
Good poetry. Hope we may see you reading at a literary festival somewhere?
All leaders should read this poetry book
Thank you William Ayot. I have seen you present other fantastic poets at the Poetry On The Border series that you run each month in South Wales. We have seen some amazing poets through this, and it is lovely to be able to support your poetry.
Excellent book...saw him read at the Oxford Literary Festival last month..and loved it. He is such a great reader and has a powerful energy in the room. I think I am in love!!!
Excellent book of leadership poetry, which has inspired and moved me. Spread the word!!! Tell everyone about this gem of a book
An inspirational and moving collection,
His words definitely resonate with the soul. Well worth a read, even if poetry is not typically your thing!
Eloquent, moving and insightful, this collection goes to heart of what it means to be human at work.
William Ayot's verse restores soul to those of us at risk of soul-loss in the business world and in leadership.
a wonderful, wonderful collection that speaks to the heart
This is an extraordinary book that captures the essence of the modern life we live in the corporate world. I have read and shared these poems with corporate audiences and they have been moved to tears by the elegance and truth of these carefully worded observations
An excellent collection of poems.
A very worthwhile read straight from the soul.
Brilliant insights into the world of business – should bring a whole new audience to poetry
Moving, touching, honest, witty, compassionate.
Very moving poetry. Profound Really enjoyed some of these.
Wonderful expressive poetry which moves me.
thought provoking fundamentals
The wisdom in this book emerges from William's experience, congruence and integrity. Everyone I know who has read it has had an insight or ah-ha that has enriched them in some way. Penny Tompkins, co author 'Metaphors in Mind: Transformation through Symbolic Modelling'
William Ayots poetry is food for the soul.
A real original voice - a poet who understands and values leaders and organisations - and gives us a heartfelt experience
I find William Ayot's poetry some of the most moving I have ever read, it vibrates deeply with my experience.
'Email from the Soul' could equally well be called 'Email for the Soul', for they satisfy at a deep level. The poems beautifully link the delicate art of words to the solidity of leadership in a demanding world of work. The poems are elegant and subtle, accomplished and simple, and clear as flowing water. Reading these before a demanding work task can help restore a sense of proportion and balance.
Acutely observed, powerful and deeply moving poetry- this collection deserves to be placed at the top of any poetry lovers list.
I have worked with William Ayot's poetry as a facilitator of leadership development for years. It is great to have all his wisdom in one volume. It offers great insights into organisational life and the role of leadership. It also tells a new story of what leadership can be in the 21st century.
Inspiring work!
William Ayot's poems come from the heart and touch everyone's heart directly.
I admire the directness and realism of William Ayot's poems.
This is a fantastic book. Ayot shows real courage in addressing a wide range of subjects within leadership. This book shows that business and leadership are not, can never be, without soul; but that to engage soul consciously makes for a profoundly more humane and effective leadership.
A fantastic book - beautifully written, accessible poetry that speaks to me in a language i understand. Highly recommended for new-comers to poetry. Well done William. I will read more of your work.
Through his poetry, William has an ability to reach parts of us that most leadership, management, organisation or self-help books fail to do. These poems are providing a subtle opening to hidden parts of ourselves, and what a joy it is to have those parts brought to our attention.
I was moved to tears when I heard William Ayot read from this book recently. His words shook me to the core of my being. When I went to thank him afterwards, he gave me the book as a gift (even though I was a complete stranger). I am now reading it slowly and trying to savour it - restricting myself to a couple of poems a day - to make it last. Very special. The poems aren't 'show-off' clever. But quietly, deeply, profoundly wise. They are not made to impress other poets! They really are for 'the people'. They use everyday language that nevertheless goes straight to the jugular with a wake-up call sometimes shouted, sometimes whispered but impossible to ignore.
This is a great book which should be available in schools as it carries such wisdom in the creative poems.
Inspiring, moving and truthful - wonderful
Beautiful and moving expressions of vulnerability and resilience.
This book crosses a bondary taking poetry into the working world unlike any poetry I have seen before and it meets the soul. Beauiful language with a profound message. I hope many read it.
As a leader, I have found this book magnificent and moving.
Wishing you well, hope you win!!! It would be great to have a book of poetry as the winner.