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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (February 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576752054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576752050
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Schuster is a principal in the consulting firm he founded in 1981 and his clients include Aventis, Sprint, EDS, the United Way and the Kauffman Foundation. He is an executive coach, trainer, and speaker. He is a senior consultant with the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara and a senior faculty member with Peter Block's School for Applied Leadership.

More About the Author

John P. Schuster is an author, executive coach and mentor. He founded his business, The Schuster Kane Alliance, Inc., in the early 80's. He is a coach and mentor with Merryck and Co., the CEO mentoring firm located in the US, Europe and Australia. John serves as a faculty member for the coaching certification program at Columbia University. His company
pioneered the open-book management practices that tie to balanced
scorecard work, and he created the business simulation Profit and Cash®, now played by over 450,000 people.

Prior to starting his business, John was the Director of Human Resources for
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He also taught English in the inner city in Chicago. John is the author of the several books, including The Power of Open-book Management, (John Wiley & Sons, published in 4 languages), and Answering Your Call: a Guide to Living Your Deepest Purpose ( Berrett-Koehler, published in 3 languages). He lives in Kansas City and Columbus and frequents both coasts.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
"Am I really being called or is it wishful thinking?" "If I am responding to the call, why do I still have times of doubt?" These are among the questions one normally asks when dealing with a call. John P. Schuster masterfully with these and other questions in "Answering Your Call".
The author makes a strong argument that we often don't feel fulfilled in life if we don't know our purpose. The reason we feel we have no purpose is because we continue to miss our callings when they occur. With this as his thesis he works through the process of knowing what a call is, recognizing when you are called to do something, and responding to your call. This is a fresh and insightful look at defining purpose in your life and a recommended read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bobby on January 16, 2004
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As a 'twenty-something with a clean slate', trying to balance my potential career choices with my passions and callings, this book was a refreshing reminder of what I need to consider when I am making my next life decisions. I also feel like I have several callings--which this book helped me understand.
After reading it, I can only think: "Yes, I want significance over success in my life."
The author is a great storyteller, and I will look for counsel in these pages as I move on to the next phase of my life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "cmcadoo2" on April 14, 2003
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I borrowed Answering Your Call from a friend. I read it. I bought ten. I gave them to my professional friends. I gave them to my personal friends and to my family. I wondered how John P Schuster knew what had been dancing around in my mind and heart.

Schuster has found not just a niche but also a gaping hole in the search for a purpose-filled life. He provides a framework for being true to yourself and for being intentional about your life choices. He provides examples and exercises to help the reader claim the courage and the insight to approach a call as a legitimate opportunity not as a coffee break fantasy.
This is a book that is warm and inviting. It is reassuring and yet it gives the reader a kick in the "Yes But" part of his or her response to taking a hard look at how we choose what to do with the time we have ahead.
John P Schuster is a gifted thinker and writer. Answering You Call wil not set you on fire but it will put one under you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Sheppard on April 7, 2003
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For far too many of us, the "call" is an unknown, or at best an uncertain, facet of life. As a result, the roads we travel are too often deserted, directionless or uninspiring: one of the tragedies of life. John Schuster's work creates a framework for introspection and self-assessment that helps the reader orient and energize for the journey.
This book is particularly helpful to the reader who may be searching for definition of a call, but it just might spark an internal debate even within those who are rock-solid in their vocational and avocational pursuits. Schuster poses questions that get to the essence of who we are and why we are, and therefore whether we are positioned to fully experience life's great joys.
Schuster does a wonderful job of weaving anecdotes from other travelers, philosophical views, personal reminiscences, poetry and practical exercises, all of which help the reader to examine his/her own feelings. In a non-presecriptive fashion, Schuster gently exhorts us to take the time to ask, to understand, to feel, the central call questions that are within each of us.
This work is appropriate not only to the philosophical reader, but also to the pragmatic, objective-oriented business reader who aspires to know the road being traveled, why he/she is on it, and where it might lead.
I encourage seekers to resource this book and I loudly applaud John Schuster in helping us to call for our own answers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2003
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In times of moral confusion and national uncertainty, when (as ever) traditional ways of making sense of our purpose are undermined and challenged, we have to look hard to find markers that reassure us we are on a safe path or at least can find our way back to one. John Schuster reminds us we can discern reliable direction, and teaches us to trust the subtle signals that call us to personal meaning and fulfilling action. I like books that provide useful conceptual tools, that propose workable models for thinking about one's personal mission. I'd like every high school and college graduate to confront the ideas suggested in this book. Leave No Child Behind! I'm not big on spiritual self-help manuals, but was glad to find the light touch Schuster uses to introduce serious ideas. We see our purpose and our source of meaning as if through a veil. Schuster helps us work our way across and along the veil, deepening our ability to realize possibilities that are ever-present but seldom seen. I am grateful for his guidance, and commend him to you warmly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2003
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As many of us do, in January of this year, I was pondering my resolutions. But this year was different for me in that I wanted to look more long term and take a "strategic" view of my life. "Am I in the right place and time for what I am doing? Should I be doing something different? Am I sabotaging my own goals by just living day to day and not stretching myself to new horizons?"
After reading John's book, I didn't have ALL the answers, but I knew that I was asking the right questions. His book gave me ideas for tools that I can and should use for my life planning and a sense of hope that I don't have to live from day to day - but could "re-discover" the passion for life I embraced years ago. I was able to write an "approach" to "what next" for my life from his inspiring ideas. I've recommended the book to several and so far all who have read it found it inspiring and challenging.
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