Hearing Our Calling: Rethinking Work and the Workplace

Hearing Our Calling: Rethinking Work and the Workplace

by Gill Coombs

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For many of us, work is a source of anxiety rather than joy, and our workplace routine has become a strain on our lives. This unique book explores whether it's possible to develop a world of work which is, in fact, joyful, fulfilling and good for our health. Insightful and practical, Hearing our Calling traces the history of work, challenging current work practices and routines we take for granted. Drawing on her extensive work with different organisations, the author exposes the corporate world and reveals a surprising and beautiful alternative. She argues that we all have a 'calling', and that hearing it is especially important in times of widespread unemployment and economic hardship. This lucid and readable book invites us to think differently about how and where we work, both individually and as a society, and offers the potential for real change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782500827
Publisher: Floris Books
Publication date: 06/19/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 326 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gill Coombs started her working life as a riding instructor before finding her calling as a management coach and facilitator. She has run work-based training for many organisations around the UK. She also studied Holistic Science at Schumacher College in Devon, UK.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 9

1 The Workplace Today 13

2 A Brief History of Work 27

3 The Impact: Self and Society 35

4 Destructive Work 45

5 The Ascent of the Rational Mind 51

6 A Limited Perspective 59

7 A Self-Regulating Whole 69

8 Community 81

9 The Broader Community: Work and the Wild World 89

10 A Niche for Everyone 97

11 Type and Roles 105

12 What is a Calling? 113

13 Hearing your Calling 123

14 Not Hearing your Calling 139

15 The Greater Good 147

16 Rethinking Education 153

17 Reinventing the Workplace 161

18 Reconnection, Response and Reciprocity 173

19 Hope, Inspiration and Plenty of Things to Do 189

Endnotes 199

Bibliography 203

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