Work with Meaning, Work with Joy: Bringing Your Spirit to Any Job

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The launch title in Sheed & Ward's new Spirit at Work series, Work with Meaning, Work with Joy is an honest, insightful, and challenging guide to working with meaning in any job. As a pioneer of the emerging spirituality and work movement, author Pat McHenry Sullivan has spent years interviewing thought leaders, studying trends in organizational development, writing articles, and consulting with individuals and businesses of all sizes. Here she brings together her vast hands-on experience and keen insights ...

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Overview

The launch title in Sheed & Ward's new Spirit at Work series, Work with Meaning, Work with Joy is an honest, insightful, and challenging guide to working with meaning in any job. As a pioneer of the emerging spirituality and work movement, author Pat McHenry Sullivan has spent years interviewing thought leaders, studying trends in organizational development, writing articles, and consulting with individuals and businesses of all sizes. Here she brings together her vast hands-on experience and keen insights into a concise, helpful book that offers wisdom and inspiration as relevant to CEOs as they are to mailroom clerks and mid-level managers. An ecumenical book that respects and draws from several relgious traditions and spiritualities, Work with Meaning, Work with Joy revolutionizes traditional ways of conceiving of work and offers practical tools for finding your true vocation, bringing faith and integrity into the workplace, creating balance, and achieving worklife excellence. Filled with memorable stories and innovative ideas,Work with Meaning, Work with Joy also offers questions, resources, and ideas for further reading.

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Editorial Reviews

St. Anthony Messenger
A guide to reinvigorating your work life, brining faith and integrity into the workplace, and creating balance in your life.
Orlando Sentinel - Tammy L. Carter
Are you suffering from the workplace blues? If so, Pat McHenry Sullivan may have a solution for you.
Stewart Levine
Pat Sullivan asks you to engage in a deep inquiry that can lead to profound possibilities. She provides many tools that enable you to connect to your work, whatever it is, with your spiritual life. If you're unhappy at work, read this book!
John Renesch
Work with Meaning, Work with Joy is a refreshing guide and wonderfully rich overview of the spiritual renaissance taking place in workplaces around the world today. Pat Sullivan is to be congratulated on a marvelous achievement.
Judith A. Neal
Find yourself a quiet place at home or work, and read a little bit of this book every day. Take notes and underline the ideas that touch you. Then have courage and start to infuse your life and work with greater spirit and meaning each day, with Pat Sullivan as your guide. She's an expert with heart and wisdom. You can't ask for a better guide than that!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580511179
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Series: Spirit at Work Series
  • Edition number: 192
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat McHenry Sullivan, president of Visionary resources in Oakland, CA, helps individuals and groups to work with more integrity, purpose, and joy. An expert in the spirituality and work movement, she has published over fifty articles on practical, everyday spirituality and twenty-six "Vision and Values" columns for the San Francisco Chronicle and its predecessor, The Examiner and Chronicle. She is a board member for the Association of Spirit and Work and contributing editor for Earthlight magazine

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Discovering New Possibilities for Meaning and Joy at Work Chapter 2 Seeing Your Work as a Spiritual Journey Chapter 3 Creating and Using a Workplace Altar Chapter 4 Turning Stress and Burnout into Energy and Insight Chapter 5 Finding Wisdom for Work from Many Traditions Chapter 6 Tapping Your Own Wisdom throughout the Workday Chapter 7 Working with Integrity as Your Bottom Line Chapter 8 Creating Spiritual Community at and for Your Work Chapter 9 Envisioning and Re-Visioning Your Work and Your Profession Chapter 10 Resources for Meaningful and Satisfying Work

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Interviews & Essays

Transcending the Rat Race
I want to help change the world by helping to change the world of work.

Work fills most of our waking hours. Work provides enormous opportunities to help or harm others. At work, we meet representatives of cultures we may have been taught to fear or hate. Too often, we face enormous pressures to work not from our wisest and most compassionate selves, but from our most shallow and competitive ones. Workplace cultures make it hard to know how many of our colleagues also yearn for a more ethical, more satisfying work-world.

Work with Meaning, Work with Joy is filled with tips and stories from people who have learned to turn situations filled with stress and the potential for burnout or corruption into sources of insight, energy, and goodness. These tips and resources come from all levels of the corporate ladder, from all faiths, and from much individual creativity.

This book is dedicated to my father. From him I learned that meaningful work isn't measured by job title or size of accomplishment, but by attitude and commitment to integrity. By integrity he meant not just honesty and ethics. In the bigger context, integrity means bringing our full selves to our work and creating a seamless integration of all that is meaningful with all that is necessary.

I hope that by sharing what I've learned from many people who now work with meaning and joy, that many others will discover how to work more ethically and joyously, then go home full of energy. That means more time for self, for family and friends, for service, creative projects, and just plain fun.

A world where more people go home with a smile on their faces. A world where we can better trust accounting statements and product claims. A world where the peace and vitality at work ripple out into all corners of everyday life. That's what I was hoping for when I wrote this book, and I hope many others want the same. Pat McHenry Sullivan

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