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

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Responsibilityat Work

Most persons strive to produce work that is of excellenttechnical quality, is pursued in an ethical and sociallyresponsible way, and has the qualities of being engaging andmeaningful. How can we attain this ideal of good work in a worldthat changes so rapidly and all too often features an ethicallycompromised milieu?

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

The authors examine how responsibility for work is shaped byboth personal and professional components and explore the factorsthat cause a sense of responsibility, the obstacles that lead tocompromised work, and the educational interventions that can leadto a greater sense of responsibility. Most important, this volumeprovides strategies for cultivating greater responsibility in bothseasoned workers as well as the young people who will one day enterthe workplace.?

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Editorial Reviews

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"Gardner and his colleagues outline steps that can be taken tobuild a sense of responsibility and to take ownership for one'swork and its wider impact." (District Administration, 07/08)

Overall, this book represents a valuable contribution theliterature on understanding the meaning of work in our lives.(PsycCRITIQUES, 05/28/08)

"The questions are though-provoking; the responses, profound. Ofhighest interest is the tool kit that the GoodWork Project hasdeveloped." (Nonfiction Philosophy and Psychology)

"The book is well researched and makes for interesting readingthat administrators and teachers could all benefit from." (TheSchool Administrator, 04/2008)

"This book appeals to a wide audience as an array of informativeand skillfully written insights into the responsibilities, meaning,and ethics of work." (NACADA, 03/11/08)

"Responsibility at work provides strategies for cultivatingresponsibility in those at work and those who may enter theprofession." (Ad-Hoc-News, 10/17/2007)

Gardner's book mentioned in an article - " my favorite chapteris 'Creativity and Responsibility'…." (Daily Herald,09/12/2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787994754
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/17/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,465,462
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.39 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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.

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Table of Contents


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


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).


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).


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).


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