Responsibility at Work: How Leading Professionals Act (or Don't Act) Responsibly / Edition 1

Responsibility at Work: How Leading Professionals Act (or Don't Act) Responsibly / Edition 1

by Howard Gardner
     
 

Responsibilityat Work

Most persons strive to produce work that is of excellent technical quality, is pursued in an ethical and socially responsible way, and has the qualities of being engaging and meaningful. How can we attain this ideal of good work in a world that changes so rapidly and all too often features an ethically compromised milieu?

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Responsibilityat Work

Most persons strive to produce work that is of excellent technical quality, is pursued in an ethical and socially responsible way, and has the qualities of being engaging and meaningful. How can we attain this ideal of good work in a world that changes so rapidly and all too often features an ethically compromised milieu?

Filled with original essays by Howard Gardner, William Damon, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Jeanne Nakamura and based on a large-scale research project, the GoodWork® Project, Responsibility at Work reflects the information gleaned from in-depth interviews with more than 1,200 people from nine different professions—journalism, genetics, theatre, higher education, philanthropy, law, medicine, business, and precollegiate education. The book reveals how motivation, culture, and professional norms can intersect to produce work that is personally, socially, and economically beneficial.'At the heart of the study is the revelation that the key to good work is responsibilty—taking ownership for one's work and its wider impact.

The authors examine how responsibility for work is shaped by both personal and professional components and explore the factors that cause a sense of responsibility, the obstacles that lead to compromised work, and the educational interventions that can lead to a greater sense of responsibility. Most important, this volume provides strategies for cultivating greater responsibility in both seasoned workers as well as the young people who will one day enter the workplace.?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787994754
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/17/2007
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.39(h) x 1.25(d)

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Meet the Author

Howard Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the author of more than twenty books translated into twenty-four languages. Gardner also holds positions as adjunct professor of psychology at Harvard University, adjunct professor of neurology at Boston University, and senior director of Harvard Project Zero.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Who is responsible for good work? (Howard Gardner).

PART ONE: POWERFUL MODELS OF RESPONSIBILITY).

1. Taking ultimate responsibility (William Damon and KendallBronk).

2. The ability to respond (Susan Verducci).

3. Creativity and responsibility (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi andJeanne Nakamura).

4. A call to serve: An exploration of humane creators (WendyFischman).

PART TWO: FACTORS THAT MODULATE RESPONSIBILITY).

5. A balancing act: How physicians and teachers manage timepressures and responsibility (Jeffrey Solomon).

6. Placing God before me: Spirituality and responsibility atwork (Seth Wax).

7. Responsibility and leadership (Andreas Schröer).

8. Service at Work (Lynn Barendsen).

9. Beyond the gender stereotype: Responsibilities to self andothers (Carrie James).

10. Control and responsibility: A Danish perspective onleadership (Hans Henrik Knoop).

PART THREE: THE LIMITS OF RESPONSIBILITY).

11. Constraining responsibility: Choices and compromises (LauraHorn and Howard Gardner).

12. Irresponsible Work (Howard Gardner).

Part Four: Toward Greater Responsibility).

13. Practicing responsibility (Jeanne Nakamura).

14. The GoodWork Toolkit: From Theory to Practice (LynnBarendsen and Wendy Fischman).

Conclusion (Howard Gardner).

Index.

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