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The answer to how is yes : acting on what matters
Block, Peter.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, [2002]

Physical Description:
203 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Central Library BF637.S4 B572 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Personal growth in and out of the workplace has long been hampered by the constant question ""how?"" In The Answer to How Is Yes, Peter Block teaches readers how to act on what they know and reclaim their freedom and capacity to create a world they want to live in. He shows how to reject tendencies toward passivity and blame in favor of choosing accountability and demanding a more compelling purpose from work and life. The book also emphasizes the need to shift the paradigm from the self-help/bootstrap/make-a-million craze toward something larger and more generous and, in the end, more satisfying.

Author Notes

He is a Fellow in Media Management at the University of Hertfordshire Business School, Global CBT production manager for Management Consultancy Service for PricewaterhouseCoopers and former Multimedia consultant to Shell International.


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Booklist Review

The new approach to change management that is presented here will completely flummox control freaks. Block posits a refreshing series of truths that, if adopted, will transform workplaces into journeys of meaning. The best-selling author of Flawless Consulting (1981) and Stewardship (1993) insists that we ask the wrong question about accomplishing the important things in our lives, particularly in our place of employment. We too often ask "How?" which focuses too closely on the practical way of getting something done and is actually a subconscious expression of society's emphasis on control of people, time, and cost. Instead, our concentration should be focused on "Why?" In other words, we need to pay attention to what really matters to us personally, from heart-felt commitments in our private lives to the creation of projects in the workplace. To be able to act on what matters, explains Block, we must reclaim specific qualities, such as intimacy and idealism. Then we can tackle purposeful work as if we were social architects seeking engagement and change. Provocative and stimulating reading. --Barbara Jacobs

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