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The call for increased creativity in the workplace brings with it a concomitant challenge: how will the world of cool professionalism stand up to the inevitable heat and volatility that accompanies people's emotional and spiritual lives? It is problematic to assume, poet David Whyte explains, that you can ask people to create and also to behave. The Heart Aroused explores these and related issues in an inspiring, grounded, thought-provoking way, and is the best nonverse book by a poet since Robert Bly's Iron John. Interwoven with carefully selected poems to illustrate Whyte's points, The Heart Aroused is necessary reading for any professional who secretly harbors a poet's soul.
A corporate analyst who quotes Dante, Yeats, and Blake? Whyte, a maverick business consultant, wends his way through office and board room finding occasions for poetic reflection. The reader who attends to his message may indeed discover that success in business is spiritual, not merely financial, and that time spent in meditating will count for more in the end than time spent tabulating profits and losses. This intuitive rather than rational line of reasoning will mystify--perhaps infuriate--executives hardened to everything except career advancement. But readers willing to lay aside workaday preconceptions will learn ways to look for the hidden patterns of labor and creativity that can give new meaning to corporate employment. While some of Whyte's insights translate almost immediately into more effective office communication and management, many require the slow pondering that leads to fundamental reorientation of vision. Bryce Christensen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
This is literally the finest book ever written about integrating our souls into our work life.
Everyone knows that workplaces can be wastelands staffed by people too burned... Read more
Loved the poetry in this book but if you are looking for a practical guide on how to bring your soul to work, this book isn't the one.Published 4 months ago by Charles Reynard
This book was very insightful and provided a road map for the changing world of corporate AmericaPublished 5 months ago by kat
Thought provoking book that will challenge your relationship with work. Get ready to dive into your soul through some unexpected stories and poems. Great read.Published 6 months ago by Michael J. McFadden
This s great book and a must read by anyone feeling lost in corporate america. It reconnects you with your soul.Published 9 months ago by Chad Leslie Novak
Fabulous. Full of beautiful metaphors. I keep returning to it for its mythical wisdom.Published 11 months ago by Stan S.
Tedious, and a bit outdated. Might be interesting for a person who just started working in the corporate world. Read morePublished 13 months ago by NJ Savvy Shopper