The Congruent Life: Following the Inward Path to Fulfilling Work and Inspired Leadership

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Amidst the chaos and complexity of our daily lives, most all of us feel the need for a deeper sense of meaning. And more and more of us are searching for that meaning in the offices where we spend the majority of our waking hours. In The Congruent Life, consultant and counselor C. Michael Thompson weaves together the disparate strands of spirituality, depth psychology, and adult development theory to explore what this search consists of, what we may encounter along the way, and what the implications will be for ...

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Overview

Amidst the chaos and complexity of our daily lives, most all of us feel the need for a deeper sense of meaning. And more and more of us are searching for that meaning in the offices where we spend the majority of our waking hours. In The Congruent Life, consultant and counselor C. Michael Thompson weaves together the disparate strands of spirituality, depth psychology, and adult development theory to explore what this search consists of, what we may encounter along the way, and what the implications will be for our lives and our organizations.Thompson reunites two subjects that have long been separated—what we do for personal fulfillment and what we do for a living. He traces the history of this separation and examines how a change in our attitudes toward work and a shift in our definition of spirituality can lead us back to a more congruent life. Spirituality, as Thompson defines it, is not adherence to any particular creed or dogma, but a life orientation that creates meaning and purpose in all aspects of our lives, including our work lives. Good leadership is the fruit of that life orientation, rather than a set of skills and competencies. Thompson shows that leadership is a process of growth and maturation fed by the leader's inner spirit and he explains how such inspired leadership is essential in meeting the challenges the future holds for businesses, non-profits, and organizations of all types.Thompson's insights are interwoven with case studies from his work as an executive coach and spiritual director. Each chapter contains questions and exercises for further reflection. Thompson concludes the book with recommended practices, disciplines, and resources that will help readers and their organizations enjoy the outer fruits of a richer inner life.

Presents a clear and comprehensive examination of the intellectual, emotional, psychological, and spiritual imperatives that provide the fertile soil in which a rich inner life and a successful business career can grow together.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The Congruent Life is by far the clearest and most comprehensiveexamination of the intellectual, emotional, psychological, andspiritual imperatives that provide the fertile soil in which a richinner life and a successful business career can grow together."—James A. Autry, author of Real Power: Business Lessons from theTaoTe Ching

"This is a masterful book, at once challenging and encouraging,authoritative and innovative. Thompson's ideas are profound and hisresearch is impeccable, engaging and rich with practicalapplications." —Gerald G. May, author of Will and Spirit and TheAwakened Heart

"Spirituality and work is a popular topic these days, but few whotalk or write about it do so with the grounding and insight thatMichael Thompson has to offer. Thompson provides a guide to thesubject that is sound in its scholarship, compelling in itspresentation, and immediately applicable to contemporary lives."—Parker J. Palmer, author of Let Your Life Speak and The Courageto Teach

"Among all the books that have been appearing on this subject,Michael Thompson's voice is one of the calmest, wisest, and mosthelpful I know. He has something significant to say on every aspectof the subject." —Peter B. Vaill, author, Spirited Leading andLearning: Process Wisdom for a New Age

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787950088
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 838,637
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

C. MICHAEL THOMPSON runs a private consulting practice that focuses on organizational and individual assessment, leadership development, and executive coaching. He is also an adjunct and feedback coach with the Center for Creative Leadership and a member of the adjunct faculty of Salem College.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction: Life in the Lost Provinces.

WORK AND THE SEARCH FOR MEANING IN OUR AGE.

The Great Divorce.

The Meaning of Work and the Work of Meaning.

SPIRITUALITY: AN ANSWER ANCIENT AND EVER NEW.

Spirituality—And Other Misunderstood Words.

Beware of Cheap Imitations (or, What Spirituality is Not).

Why Go There?

PSYCHOSPIRITUAL GROWTH AND ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP.

The "Fruits of the Spirit".

The Personal Fruits.

The Interpersonal Fruits.

INSPIRED LIVING AND LEADING: ANSWERING THE CALL OF A NEW AGE.

Toward the Future: Shifting Sands and Paradigms.

Personal Spiritual Growth.

Conclusion: The Hundreth Seeker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2009

    A bit of a waste

    This was required reading for a course I'm taking and I could have done without this particular book. It was very difficult to get accustomed to the writing style of the author. The majority of the information was entirely to repetitive and the most significant information was grouped in one section at the end. If your looking for a good read try Built to Serve by Dan Sanders.

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