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Awake at Work: 35 Practical Buddhist Principles for Discovering Clarity and Balance in the Midst of Work's Chaos Paperback – February 14, 2006
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"One of the best books ever written about practicing spirituality on the job."—Spirituality and Health
"Refreshingly practical and down to earth."—The Beacon
"A revelatory book that brilliantly applies Buddhist principles to the life of work and vice versa."—Warren Bennis, University Professor, University of Southern California, and author of On Becoming a Leader
"Michael Carroll does not just write about being awake at work; he has lived that awakening, thoroughly and inventively. His adaptation of Buddhist mindfulness to the complexities of modern employment is a singular and valuable accomplishment, giving us pithy exhortations and detailed instructions for being awake and aware in every workplace situation."—Lewis Richmond, author of Work as a Spiritual Practice
"An invaluable guide to surviving—and thriving—in today's demanding business environments. I've drawn on Michael's brilliant and wise advice for years. Now everyone can benefit from his wealth of insight and experience."—Deborah Dugan, president, Disney Publishing Worldwide
"A truly unique book. The wisdom that has been developed in two very different realms—that of business and spiritual practice—join together to create much richer insight and wisdom. Given the struggles of these times, these teachings are extremely important."—Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science
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For the last three decades I have been asking three questions:
"Why do so many people sleep walk through life?"
"Would they thank us if they woke up?" and
"What could we do to help them wake up?"
The author of this important book helps provide some answers. He founded Awake at Work Associates, a consultancy that specializes in helping organizations and individuals apply mindfulness awareness in the workplace, to help both recover balance and well-being in work. Michael Carroll is both a practicing Buddhist who is an authorized teacher in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and has over two decades experience in human resources in several large companies. He teaches mindfulness meditation at the Omega Institute, New York Open Center, and the Wharton Business School in Philadelphia.
Michael encourages us to explore our relationships to work and his book is full of practical and uplifting suggestions that are grounded in his work in meditation.
One good example is this: he points out that if we are going to be awake at work, we need to understand how we fell asleep. In Tibetan Buddhism, meditators study the six confusions or "mindsets that describe how we imprison ourselves at work.Read more ›
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How many of us work in companies where the environment isn't as healthy as we want it to be? Yet at the same time, we're often unconscious about these toxicities--maybe even distance ourselves from them or the jobs that create them. We often attribute the job of bettering the work experience to "them"...or maybe even change the environment for our own groups or for the company at large...but in effect treat the people we want to benefit (and ourselves!) as relatively passive participants.
"Awake at Work" sheds a whole new perspective on the workplace experience. NOT just enabling people to see their own role in how they experience work. But giving very specific lenses (35, in fact) on how to change the way work feels FOR US for the better, without the environment having to change one iota. Brilliant! And a very easy, almost poetic read, too. How many books give you a whole new and very positive way to think about and experience a place you spend a lot of your time...can be used in a practical way (e.g., chapter a day)...and are just a good read in the bargain? I found Michael Carroll's "Mindful Leadership" great, too--but "Awake at Work" is entirely unique in my experience of management literature.Read more ›
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while i haven't yet completed it Mr. Carrolls first Buddhist work book (fearless at work the second) is very accessible, very practical and can be read in sections or even in... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dan
The author does a fantastic job of taking practical Buddhist principles and relating them in a way that is useful in the workplace and elsewhere. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ronald Rojas
I've been practicing Theravada and Zen meditation for almost six years, so I'm not very experienced, but I was pretty bored by this book. Read morePublished on February 11, 2014 by Kestrel Slocombe
Fantastic book with a wonderful approach to the stresses of work. I have been reading one slogan every weekday after my meditation practice and then sharing the slogan with a few... Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by caroline donahue
Teachings go against the typical western expectations of go faster, but make so much sense. Work has become more enjoyable and relationships at work more fulfilling.Published on November 21, 2013 by Keith Inglis
Reading this book is like 'old home week', where the author has skillfully woven Buddhist principles into the everyday Western work environment... Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by RussLauber
Interesting and practical...accept the stuff that is unchangeable and be ready for everything to change. Life changing for me when I first read it.Published on December 21, 2012 by C Allen