Addressing the theory that a diseased human spirit is at the core of American business and government problems, a modern spiritual dialogue finds a troubled executive seeking management advice from a respected sage.
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"No two authors are better equipped than Bolman and Deal to address and answer the seminal dilemma of our time: the difference between making a living and making a life. They lead the way to discover how to lead a spirited life." — Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California and author of Managing the Dream
"Bolman and Deal understand something that too many of us are destined to figure out too late in life: the organizations where we work are filled with living, breathing, feeling human beings, people who need more than a pay-check, more than a performance review, more than a promotion. Until we realize this, we cannottruly lead; we can only manage."—Patrick Lencioni, author of The Five Temptations of a CEO and Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive
" Wonderful lessons about leadership in a very personal story of a relationship between a teacher and a student. It is teaching and storytelling at its best."—James A. Autry, author, Life and WorkFrom the Back Cover:
The powerful story of one beleaguered executive's quest for passion and purpose in work and life is crafted in the visionary tradition of M. Scott Peck and Max De Pree. The authors draw upon many of the world's major spiritual traditions, poetry and philosophy, social science teachings, and their own extensive consulting experience to offer inspiration and guidance--teaching that the heart of true leadership can only be found in the heart of a leader.This contemporary parable chronicles the journey of Steve, a dispirited leader in search of something deeper and more satisfying than a preoccupation with the bottom line. He seeks answers from Maria, a sage whose wisdom was forged in her own hard-won business career. Although Maria's initial questions seem far afield from business, Steve unexpectedly discovers the true meaning of leadership. By finding his own soul, he learns to ignite the spirit of his organization.The authors draw upon many of the world's major spiritual traditions, poetry and philosophy, social science teachings on leadership and organizations, and their own extensive consulting experience to offer inspiration and guidance for today's embattled leaders. True to the essence of leadership, Bolman and Deal offer an invitation to participate with them in understanding the ties that bind spirituality and leadership together. Interludes within the story explore the everyday application of lessons Steve has learned and provide practical ways to get the most from life and work."Teaching and storytelling at its best."--James A. Autry, author of Life and Work
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