The Right Use of Power

The Right Use of Power

by Peter Block
     
 

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Stewardship is our best response to our search for better leaders. It finally acknowledges the fact that we are all in this together. Leadership as we know it tries to answer the question "What's in it for me?" Wrong question. The only question that matters is "What do we want to create together?" This is the most compelling question we can ask in business today.

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Stewardship is our best response to our search for better leaders. It finally acknowledges the fact that we are all in this together. Leadership as we know it tries to answer the question "What's in it for me?" Wrong question. The only question that matters is "What do we want to create together?" This is the most compelling question we can ask in business today.

The words of Peter Block convey the essence of his revolutionary message. On The Right Use of Power, this bestselling author and distinguished management consultant fast-forwards us to the business model of the future: a self-governing, accountable organization where power is shared equally, and work has meaning far beyond conventional measures. Join this business visionary as he explores:

  • The community of workers, and how faith, service, and communication redefine success
  • How to retain the best coworkers, and why it has little to do with money
  • The high-control, low-adaptive organization, and its roots in the parent-child relationship
  • What the philosopher-artist can teach us about pure motivation
  • The controlling boss—the surprising truth about why they do it
  • Spirituality in the workplace, and the hidden strengths of our coworkers
  • Performance appraisal: obsolete artifact or necessary evil?
  • Breaking the cycle of unfulfillable expectations in the workplace, through the partnership model
  • The Great Questions technique for building skillful communications and trust at work
  • If we redistribute power, do we have to redistribute wealth too?
  • Plus compelling real-life examples of the power of stewardship, gained from Peter Block's years of work in both the public and private sectors

Concluding with a tough question-and-answer session with Peter Block, The Right Use of Power will help prepare you for the changes, challenges, and rewards coming in the new era of business—an era that has already begun.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564559036
Publisher:
Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
3 CDs
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 6.46(h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Block

Peter Block is an author, consultant, and resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, whose work focuses upon chosen accountability and the reconciliation of community.

He is the author of several bestselling books, including Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used; Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest; The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work; Community: The Structure of Belonging; The Answer to How Is Yes: Acting on What Matters; and Freedom and Accountability at Work. He is also the coauthor of Applying Philosophic Insight to the Real World (with Peter Koestenbaum) and The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods (with John McKnight). His books address ways to create workplaces and communities that work for all, to bring change into the world through consent and connectedness rather than through mandate and force.

He is a partner in Designed Learning, a training company that offers workshops designed to build the skills outlined in his books.

Peter serves on the boards of directors of Elementz, an urban arts center; and LivePerson, a provider of online engagement solutions. He is on the advisory board for the Festival in the Workplace Institute, Bahamas. He is the first Distinguished Consultant-in-Residence at Xavier University. With other volunteers in Cincinnati, Peter began A Small Group, whose work is to create a new community narrative and to bring his work on civic engagement into being.

Peter's office is in Mystic, Connecticut. For more information, visit www.peterblock.com, www.abundantcommunity.com, www.designedlearning.com, and www.asmallgroup.net.

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