Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, May 20, 2013 - Business & Economics - 312 pages
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NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATED Stewardship was provocative, even revolutionary, when it was first published in 1993, and it remains every bit as relevant and radical today. Most organizations still rely on patriarchy and hierarchy as their core form of governance, stifling initiative and spirit and alienating people from the work they do. Peter Block asserts that a fundamental shift in how we distribute power, privilege, and the control of money can transform every part of an organization for the better, and he examines the nitty-gritty of implementing these reforms. This revised and expanded edition includes a new introduction by Block addressing what has and hasn’t changed since the first edition and a new chapter on applying stewardship to the common good of the wider community. This visionary yet pragmatic book is sure to open your mind and change the way you do your job forever.

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Block, author of The Empowered Manager (Jossey-Bass, 1987), which offers an individualistic approach to "empowerment,'' here explains this movement on a much broader scale, offering his original and ... Read full review


Foreword by Steven Piersanti
Introduction to the Second Edition
Goods We Can Build Upon
TWO Choosing Partnership over Patriarchy
THREE Choosing Adventure over Safety
FOUR Choosing Service over SelfInterest
FIVE Defining the Stewardship Contract
SIX Upsetting Expectations

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Peter Block is a partner in Designed Learning, a training company that offers workshops designed to build the skills outlined in his books. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Organization Development Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award and ASTD’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning, and was named to Training Magazine’s HRD Hall of Fame. He is the author or coauthor of eight books.

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