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Making a life, making a living : reclaiming your purpose and passion in business and in life
Albion, Mark S., 1951-
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New York : Warner Books, [2000]

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x, 273 pages ; 24 cm

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HD38.2 .A347 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Peppered with numerous quotes, quips, and observations, this book offers a detailed approach to how people who are serious about their careers can seek financial goals in life while maintaining an inner spiritual sense and stability.

Author Notes

Mark Albion, a twenty-year veteran at Harvard University and its Business School, is the founder of You and Company, a career management firm, and helped launch Net Impact (formerly called Students for Responsible Business), an international not-for-profit network of MBAs committed to a better world. Albion publishes a newsletter, Making a Life, which is read by more than a million business executives in eighty-seven countries. His work has been recognized by Ronald Reagan, Mother Teresa, and other world leaders, prompting BusinessWeek to name him the "savior of B-school souls."

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Booklist Review

Albion was a Harvard marketing professor for 20 years, and in the 1980s he consulted for big-name consumer brands and wrote several books on advertising. But he grew disillusioned with the quest for "money, power, and fame" and left Harvard. He founded You & Co., a recruiting firm that matches MBAs and socially responsible companies, and cofounded Students for Responsible Business, which now has branches at more than 100 business schools. Albion continues to consult; now his expertise is "humanistic marketing," and he commands fees of up to $6,000 a day. He also speaks regularly at major business schools and publishes an online newsletter devoted to business ethics, corporate responsibility, and finding meaning in work, which reaches 50,000 readers. Here, he sets down his philosophy by spelling out 12 guidelines that address four major questions: Who are you? What do you want? What can you do? and Where can you go? Albion answers those questions using dozens of inspirational stories and aphorisms from sages as diverse as Mother Teresa and Lily Tomlin. --David Rouse

Publisher's Weekly Review

Albion, who gave up a teaching post at Harvard Business School and now publishes a monthly newsletter called "Making a Life," has spent the last 11 years preaching that personal integrity is the real ticket to prosperity. He cites a study that tracked the careers of 1500 business school graduates. In 1960, the year they graduated, all but 255 said they wanted to make money first in order to do what they really wanted later on; the remainder decided to do what they loved in hopes that money would follow. Of the 101 who became millionaires by 1980, only one belonged to the former group. In chapters with titles such as "Don't Let Success Stand in the Way of Opportunity," "Bring Your Values to Work" and "Live a Life, Not a Resume," Albion profiles a range of entrepreneurs and high-level employees. His emphasis is on the disparate paths these people took to achieve a sense of purpose and meaning in work that carried over into their personal lives. There's Elliot Hoffman, who built the San Francisco-based cafe Just Desserts from a single birthday cake into one of the city's most profitable and socially responsible businesses. And there's Albion's most personal story, that of his mother, which frames the entire book. In 1986, she was diagnosed with cancer, and her doctor indicated she would be lucky to live six months. Now in her 70s, she continues to head the successful manufacturing company she began in 1978. Albion's book powerfully illustrates what can be accomplished when, in our work lives, we use our heads while following our hearts. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. iv
Part 1 Who are You? Find Your Passionp. 1
Chapter 1 Make Happiness a Habitp. 3
Chapter 2 Keep Your Walking Costs Lowp. 21
Chapter 3 Take Your Place at the Table of Lifep. 41
Part 2 What Do You Want? Establish Purposep. 63
Chapter 4 Know How You Measure Successp. 65
Chapter 5 Bring Your Values to Workp. 89
Chapter 6 Build a Domain of Lovep. 111
Part 3 What Can You Do? Develop Market Valuep. 131
Chapter 7 Create Your Platform and Leapp. 133
Chapter 8 Seek Common Ground for Uncommon Resultsp. 155
Chapter 9 Find Out Where You Fit In by Not Fitting Inp. 177
Part 4 Where Can You Go? Free Your Spiritp. 201
Chapter 10 Live a Life, Not a Resumep. 203
Chapter 1 Don't Let Success Stand in the Way of Opportunityp. 227
Chapter 12 Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Embrace the Futurep. 253