When we think of work, we often think of drudgery, frustration, and stress. For too many of us, work is the last place in our lives we expect to experience satisfaction, fulfillment, or spiritual growth. In this unique book, Michael Carroll—a meditation teacher, executive coach, and corporate director—shares Buddhist wisdom on how to transform the common hassles and anxieties of the workplace into valuable opportunities for heightened wisdom and enhanced effectiveness. Carroll shows us how life on the job—no matter what kind of work we do—can become one of the most engaging and fulfilling areas of our lives.
At its heart, Awake at Work offers thirty-five principles that we can use throughout our day to revitalize our work as well as our understanding of ourselves and others. Carroll invites readers to contemplate these slogans and to use them on-the-spot, in the midst of work's chaos, to develop clarity, wisdom, and inspiration. Along the way, Carroll presents a variety of techniques and insights to help us acknowledge work, with all its complications, as "a valuable invitation to fully live our lives." In an engaging, accessible, and often humorous style, Awake at Work offers readers a path to rediscovering our natural sense of intelligence, confidence, and delight on the job.
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About the Author
For over two decades Michael Carroll worked on Wall Street and in the publishing industry, holding executive positions at Shearson Lehman Brothers, Paine Webber, Simon & Schuster, and the Walt Disney Company. Founding director of AAW Associates, Carroll consults with major corporations on bringing mindfulness into the workplace. He is a longtime student of Buddhist meditation and an authorized teacher in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa. Carroll has taught mindfulness meditation at the Wharton School of Business, Columbia University, Kripalu, and the Cape Cod Institute. For more information, visit www.awakeatwork.net.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Love this book! It has helped me change my attitude toward my work. I love the concept of "Idiot Compassion". Now, more often than not, I am able to reflect on one of the many "slogans" in the book which helps me reframe my attitude and my actions. I have the Nook version for home and keep the paperback version in my office.
I read and re-read Awake at Work often. Yesterday, I re-read a chapter about the silence of fear. Carroll posits that fear is powerful because we experience it in silence. After making an embarrassing mistake at work, I remembered what I had read and decided to address the mistake openly. Before remembering what I read and making the decision to be open I was seriously considered attempting to cover up my mistake. Because of the book I found acting with integrity a little easier.
Not a self help, not a management style book. You don't even have to read this cover to cover. Just open it to any page on any day and read. It will change the way you THINK about work as it relates to your life. I find I go back to it over and over when I am frustrated or feeling lost in the chaos of work. A reminder of fundamental principles of life that apply to work as well as all aspects of living.