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Overview Benefiel shows, using complelling stories of contemporary businesses, healthcare organizations, an dnon-profits that integrity, profitability, and personal and organizational transformation are all of a piece.
Publishers Description "Working with Margaret Benefiel has helped me, in a short time, become grounded in Spirit in my corporate workplace. The power and productivity of this spiritual work gives me hope that leaders can encourage people to bring their whole selves into the workplace and that this will lead to more tangible and positive organizational results."--Kerry Hamilton Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing, BJ's Wholesale Clubs In the last ten years, dozens of books about spirituality and management have demonstrated the yearning for spirituality in the workplace that exists in people like Kerry Hamilton. No longer content to abide the widening chasm between their deeply-held values and the all-too-common business practices they encounter, these readers long for congruence between their values and their work. They wonder whether the days of the giants of corporate character like Johnson & Johnson, businesses who believed that integrity and profitability could co-exist, are gone for good. Are we living in a state of business and organizational entropy? Are we doomed to endless repetition of the Enron, Worldcom, and Global Crossing scandals? Must integrity and profitability now be opposed? What has happened to American business, healthcare, and non-profits in the last forty years? "Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations "demonstrates vividly that another way is possible, based on the contemporary restoration of the partnership between integrity and profitability. "Soul at Work" translates the core of what companies like Johnson and Johnson stood for forty years ago into contemporary forms. "Soul at Work "shows, through compelling stories of contemporary businesses, healthcare organizations, and nonprofits, how integrity, profitability, and personal and organizational transformation are all of a piece.
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Studio: Seabury Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.08" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2005
Publisher Seabury Books
ISBN 1596270136 ISBN13 9781596270138
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More About Margaret Benefiel
Margaret Benefiel, Ph. D., author of Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations, is an internationally known expert in the filed of spirituality and leadership. CEO of ExecutiveSoul.com, she serves as Chair of the Academy of Management's Management, Spirituality, and Religion Group. Author of numerous articles and co-editor of a previous book, Dr. Benefiel teaches at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston and the Milltown Institute in Dublin, Ireland.
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A Gift That Keeps on Giving Nov 11, 2008
SOUL AT WORK was a holiday gift to me and a large group of colleagues at an urban Head Start program several years ago. This book continues to speak to me through the soothing, smooth stones in the cover art, the stories of workers and now the conversations with others who read the book and have been willing to share their insights and support.
The human stories ring true to my experiences in the workplace and break open details that can propel or derail harmony, productivity and souls in balance. I was able to access suggestions for spiritual practices and I am doing more of several of them. My conversations with God have increased, but we are wrestling over the questions; so that has added yet another set of strong feelings to sort and separate and keep in perspective as I live and work.
My book group of twelve people of faith read the book and we had a spirited discussion of the book and some of our own work-setting challenges. SOUL AT WORK was a great gift that opened me to consider my soul and my struggles with challenging work. Now I am connected to a larger set of strategies and a widening circle of people willing to talk about these issues because we shared the experience of reading this book together.
SOUL AT WORK was a great gift that continues to give me support and strategies through the stories and strategies it shares. It was indeed a gift that keeps on giving.
"Soul at Work" is Worth Reading Twice! Sep 14, 2008
I read Margaret Benefiel's "Soul at Work" twice - the first time at the end of many years of work in a large corporation, the second time two years later, after shifting my priorities and transforming my life in many personal and professional ways, with an eye to starting my own business. I found something different in each read coming from these two different perspectives.
The first read gave me hope (that I needed) that large organizations could practice and incorporate spirituality into their cultures, work environments, and support the deep spiritual inner lives of their leaders and employees to manifest "soul" ("the lived manifestation of spirituality in an individual, a family or an organization"). It is instructive to have examples of leaders, practices and cultures that exemplify "soul" through passionate espirit de corps, fun, humor and lived integrity at work. Corporate work lives are driven, busy and breathless - it is fascinating to read the narratives of the businesses that succeed by remaining true and grounded in the initial inspirational foundations that gave them life. What makes these examples really strong is that these organizations have been successful over time and have matured and transformed through very difficult financial times, changes in key leadership, and a myriad of hardships.
The second read, two years later - I focused on the practical business examples/tools I might use if I were to start a business and the personal narratives of the leaders. The examples provided in this book are supportive models for both the large corporate business or as a "beginner's" guide for the startup entrepreneur, which can be used to build a strong foundation for the soul of a leader, organization and culture. I especially found the later chapters that bring all the narratives together very helpful -- what corporate discernment can look like, how existing business organizations use this practice and how they sustain these practices. The comparison discussion of the spiritual transformation of the leader and the organization are useful to recognize. This viewpoint helps to normalize these in the framework of business and spirit.
"Soul at Work" is a well organized, concise, easy to read book that is great for discussion groups, corporate settings (corporate workshops, discussions or conferences) or for a business leader or employee taking a fresh look at the business world starting their own business or finding ways to breath new life within their current work culture. I recommend reading it twice!
Minding a Mindful Business Apr 16, 2008
Dr. Margaret Benefiel invites leaders of organizations, corporations and other groups to awaken to that which enlivens and engages, to what she names as the "soul", through the practice of discernment or mindful attention. Such embodied leaders can practice ways of being human and humane that can empower employees while benefiting the organization. A worthy read for any leader or CEO seeking to bring forth the best in themselves and others.
Bridging the Gap Oct 22, 2007
There is an increasing awareness that spirituality is not limited to religious organizations and/or activities. Margaret Benefiel uses the definition of spirituality that would certainly bridge the gap between secular view of work and spiritual understanding of work: "the human spirit, fully engaged." In my mind, Margaret Benefiel's premise for the book is quite simple: work can be as fulfilling as a deep spiritual experience. In other words, people need not work as necessary burden for survival but as essential tool for meaning and satisfaction.
The examples provided in the book illustrate how real people were able to bridge the gap to their best ability. In each case study, how people are living out "soul at work" is unique but all case studies show that it is possible to create a work environment where human spirits can be fully engaged. The work environment where creativity and dignity can reside side by side is still rare but these example prove conclusively that it is possible.
The book helped me tremendously in changing my view of work place. In the new view, productivity is balanced by relationships. Position description is seen as supplementary to a creative visions.
If you are a leader of any organization, this book is a must-read. It will help you to shed some of mechanistic view of work. It might help you to feel your spirit fully engaged in being human. That is, after all, soul at work.
Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations Aug 28, 2006
Interesting book, with great insight into businesses willing to remain on the high road.