When the Canary Stops Singing: Women's Perspectives on Transforming Business / Edition 1

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Overview

Early in the century, miners would take canaries below ground with them. When the canary stopped singing, they knew the air was too toxic to breathe. Like the canaries, women who work in today's corporate marketplace are serving as an early warning system to alert us that the business environment is becoming unhealthy and we must make far-reaching changes. The authors of these essays go beyond sounding a warning to serve as harbingers of essential business transformation. They are entrepreneurs, consultants, corporate executives, and thinkers of all stripes. While big companies conduct "business as usual", these women are pioneering innovation. In fifteen provocative, practical, and insightful essays, they share painful struggles, striking new metaphors, stories and legends, and fresh analogies - the corporate mythology of tomorrow, the raw, vital stuff of transformation. As varied as their backgrounds and perspectives may be, these women see a common need and share a common goal - to create more humane and nurturing workplaces. Truth and a willingness to risk are benchmarks of the essays, as is the search for personal and spiritual freedom. The authors speak of personal responsibility and a balance among all the areas of one's life. Work becomes an arena for self-discovery, explained through metaphors that are organic, contrasting with traditional male metaphors taken from sports and the military. The controlling "power over" becomes life-nurturing "power to", and steps for creating a full and productive partnership between men and women are defined. In proposing new and more effective ways to succeed in business, When the Canary Stops Singing explodes the myth that feminine andmasculine perspectives can't interact in harmony. Its examples testify to the importance of moving beyond the masculine status quo to achieve a balance in the workplace that will ultimately benefit everyone.

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Editorial Reviews

Alice Joyce
Barrentine has selected a group of essays written by women in the business world, suggesting new approaches to coping with problems surfacing in corporate life today. Common themes appear, such as the need for flexible conditions for single parents, or more integration between one's personal and work life. These thought-provoking ideas are geared toward sensitizing and humanizing the business environment, with each writer engaged in a quest for alternative strategies. The emphasis throughout is on women's strengths and new ways of utilizing them, on improving the business environment for workers and managers alike, and on carrying a message of global connection to the insular atmosphere of corporate life.
WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women
For many, especially laborers, "American business" and "capitalism" conjure up negative images and imagionable business ideals. I have visions of single-minded money-mongers with no regard for the people whose energy and resources are their backbone. Curtailing the "us and them" syndrome and archaic business practices is the aim behind When The Canary Stops Singing. Pat Barrentine pooled diffeent perspectives from 15 women entrepreneurs, consultants and executives. Their visions comprise a new way of conducting business and living life in and out of the office, primarily by switching from a dominator model to one of partnership as the means for developing a healthy business and personal life, together.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781881052418
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

John Naisbitt's "Megatrends" topped the "New York Times" bestseller list for more than two years, was published in 57 countries, and sold more than 8 million copies. Currently a faculty member at the Nanjing University in China, Naisbitt is also the author of several other books, including the international bestsellers "Re-inventing the Corporation" and "Megatrends Asia". He lives in Vienna, Austria.

Patricia Aburdene ... is one of the world's leading social forecasters and co-author of four Megatrends books, including the New York Times best-seller Megatrends 2000 (William Morrow, 1990, with John Naisbitt). She is a highly respected speaker who lectures around the world on global trends.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword 1
Introduction: Women as Harbingers of Business Transformation 9
Pt. 1 Interdependence and the Organic Metaphor 23
1 Women, Men, and Management: Redesigning Our Future 27
2 Love at Work 43
3 Organizational Gardening: A Metaphor for the New Business Paradigm 55
Pt. 2 Balance, Harmony, and Nurturing the Spirit 69
4 Balance: The Ultimate Challenge of the 21st Century 73
5 Corporate Poverty: Lessons from Refugee Camps 89
6 The Workplace As Spiritual Haven 105
7 Values for the Gobal Marketplace: A Quest for Quality with a Difference 119
Pt. 3 Creating Networks, Support Systems, and a Spirit of Community 133
8 Helping Your Dream Job Find You 137
9 Organizational Renewal Through a Hunger for Meaning 151
10 Chaos to Community: One Company's Journey of Transformation 165
11 A World We've Only Dreamed Of 177
Pt. 4 Openness, Intuition, and the Process of Change 193
12 Creativity at Work 197
13 Intuition in the Midst of Change: A Key to Success in Business 209
14 New Listening: Key to Organizational Transformation 223
15 Seven Keys to Conscious Leadership 239
Conclusion: The Courage to Act 253
Recommended Reading, References, and Resources 257
How To Contact Authors 265
Index 267
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