Reawakening the Spirit in Work: The Power of Dharmic Management / Edition 1

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"The key questions for today's managers and leaders, " writes Jack Hawley, "are no longer issues of task and structure, but questions of spirit....not religion, spirit." We all yearn for spiritually rooted qualities at work - integrity, character, inspiration, belief, and even reverence - qualities that are key factors in an enterprise's success. Hawley provides a direct response to the widespread desire for spirituality at work, offering a practical vision of work permeated with "dharma" - deep integrity fusing spirit, character, human values, and decency. He shows how successful leaders or managers who are motivated by a spiritual vision liberate the best in people, and explains why all leadership is spiritual. He provides many examples of people actually living by their inner truth at work, and shows how such people can create an improved place to work and a better life as well as a more resilient, effective organization that is prepared to meet the challenges of the present and future.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Recently, numerous business books have appeared emphasizing transcendental themes while no doubt also prodding managers to wonder if spirituality really has a place in our profit-oriented business culture. Hawley, a California consultant who spends half the year in an Indian ashram, maintains that these qualities do matter. ``The key questions for today's managers and leaders'' he writes, ``are no longer issues of task and structure but are questions of spirit.'' Hawley urges managers ``to feed the roots of integrity and nudge toward spirit,'' in order to increase business-wide leadership, creativity, cooperation and stability. He describes how dharmic theories could enable managers to harness the power of heart, spirit, happiness and belief, accompanied by successful examples e.g., Hard Rock Cafe. This is a thought-provoking crossover book that could generate sales in both business and self-help markets. June
Library Journal
William Blake said, ``Each man is haunted until his humanity awakens.'' This emphasis on the spirit, on values and ethics, is the ``hot topic'' in business today, and the focus of Hawley's intriguing work. He distinguishes the spiritual from the merely religious and shows how managers can liberate their organizations by addressing higher levels of concern, such as purpose, meaning, character, and integrity. Living by inner truths is the dharmic approach to management, which Hawley further describes as respiriting, revering, repowering, recharactering, and reinspiring. Combining his management consulting experience with the teachings of Indian Swami Sathya Sai Baba, Hawley provides a unique management treatise that should attract attention. For all management collections.-- Dale Farris, Groves, Tex .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781881052227
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.91 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

The Author
Introduction: Going Home to Spirit and Character in the Workplace 1
Pt. I Respiriting: Reawakening to Spirit in Management and Life 9
1 The New Management Agenda 11
2 Constant Spiritual Awareness 19
3 Working with Energy and Spirit 32
Pt. II Revering: Love and Reverence in Work and Life 39
4 The Reverence Continuum in Organizations 41
5 Respect, Caring, and Big Loving 48
6 Shyness about the "L-word" in Business: Love 55
7 The Six Landscapes of Love 59
8 Putting Love to Work 71
Pt. III Repowering: Realigning Beliefs, Thoughts, and Being 79
9 The Power of Beliefs and Thoughts 81
10 High Belief and Moments of Faith 92
11 Bending Space and Time: Already-Thereness and Instantaneousness 100
12 Untethering from Worldly Life: True Freedom 115
Pt. IV Recharactering: Strengthening Personal and Organizational Integrity 127
13 Living by Your Inner Truth 129
14 Adding Dharma: Right Action, Fearlessness, and Spirituality 141
15 Endowing Individual and Organizational Character 149
Pt. V Reinspiring: The Spiritual Core of Leadership 163
16 All Leadership Is Spiritual 165
17 The Roles and Practices of Spiritual Leadership 169
18 A Visit with a 6,000-Year-Old King 181
Appendix: A Glimpse into the Sathya Sai Baba Phenomenon 187
References and Recommended Reading 203
Index 207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2005


    ¿All Leadership is Spiritual,¿ says Jack Hawley. Though that concept sounds sweeping, reading through the book the reader evolves the thought that the concept was not alien after all. The book takes the reader through elements that leadership and spirituality in such a manner that the reader keeps wondering, `Why didn¿t this thought occurred in my mind earlier?¿ Probably, that is what makes this book wonderful. The book introduces the concept of Spirit with the quote of Joseph Campbell by stating ¿There is a dimension of the universe unavailable to the senses¿. The book expresses Spirit as the Vitality/ Aliveness that dwells and also refers to Spirit as the source of energy within us and a part of us. As promised, the book goes beyond the theories of abstractness, and thus tries to explain the spirit of Spirit through the words of an IBM employee, who lives the spirit of the famed IBM Service standards and thus tries to communicate what spirit is about. The book is laden with powerful anecdotes and stories, which, in addition to opening wonderful vistas of thoughts, brings to us memories when we were ¿spiritual¿, but never realized. From Alexander the Great¿s march into the Kulu valley in North Western India to a lovey-dovey incident between two small kids during a birthday party, these selected incidents do help the reader to stand aside, be a witness and then to merge in the nectar of Love. The reader will be able to find a number of autobiographical elements in the pages of the book, as the author has been successful in connecting with the deep yearnings of an individual. This connection that the author develops with a reader helps the reader to engross his attention to the book. The book is divided into five sections. The first section is about Reawakening to Spirit in Management and Life, followed by the section that deals with Love and Reverence in Work and Life. The third section deals with realigning beliefs, thoughts and being, while the fourth section deals with strengthening personal and organizational integrity. The final section is about spiritual core of leadership. The book deals with various facets of a Leader like Leader as a Servant, Leader as a Steward, Leader as a Sense Maker, Leader as a Guide, Leader as a Yogi and yes, Leader as a Warrior too. The author travels 6000 years back to narrate a conversation between the warrior supremo Bhishma, who is on his deathbed, and Prince Yudhishtira, at the end of the fierce battle in Kurukshetra. The author soon takes the reader from this historical incident to the modern day business wonder of Hard Rock Café, an acclaimed chain of restaurants and its founder, Isaac Tigrett, who bought in ¿Spirit¿ and ¿Love¿ to his workplace, before leaving the company. The book speaks about the `Reverence Continuum¿ in organizations, a model which raised eyebrows and quizzical looks when the author was introducing the model as part of a management development programme. The book while acknowledging the existence of organizations that are indifferent and apathetic, focuses its attention on those organizations that are ¿basically civilized¿. The reverence continuum thus moves from a Polite organization to a Caring organization. As per the book, increased levels of Caring take an organization from the state of Caring, to the state of Respect. Soon, increased levels of Respect, takes an organization, to the state of Reverence. The author says, ¿I know reverence sound far out, but think back to the best boss you've ever worked for or the best team you've ever worked on or the best subordinates you've ever worked with. Tell me; was there reverence in that situation?¿ Answering the question for ourselves will help us to question whether Reverence is so far-off after all. The book also follows a movement when it speaks about Love (the ¿L-Word¿ as the author mentions it), which the author feels is a crucial idea that business people, scientists, doctors, teachers e

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