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Product Details

  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (January 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576751031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576751039
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

In Whistle While You Work, Richard Leider and David Shapiro counter the clichéd query about what you want to be when you grow up with a more intriguing question: "What is your life's calling?" The authors define calling as "the inner urge to give our gifts away in service to something we are passionate about in an environment that is consistent with our values." Drawing upon psychologist James Hillman's metaphor of the acorn programmed to grow into an oak tree, Leider and Shapiro guide readers to discover their "core gifts" and the work they were born to do. Each chapter describes a conversation with a cabdriver in a different city to introduce a key idea about the process of heeding your life's calling. These lively conversations are followed by stories of individuals--from a Motorola executive to a building security guard--who have identified their calling. The stories are paired with bulls-eye exercises that allow readers to discover their calling. Tools include "calling cards" to identify core gifts, a "calling journal" and the "calendar/checkbook" exercise to align values with time management.

The book would have been strengthened with more narrative about the relationship between choosing a calling and maintaining a positive cash flow. Yet the clarity and conviction of its approach sets this book apart from other do-what-you-love career books. It is an eloquent and practical blueprint for being at home in the world by making a living with your uniqueness. --Barbara Mackoff

From Publishers Weekly

"If we're spending our precious hours feeling half-alive as we drag ourselves through tasks that we abhor, then we're wasting our most precious commodity of all: time," warn Leider and Shapiro, coauthors of the bestselling Repacking Your Bags, in this intelligent and inspirational guide to discovering meaningful work. For those stuck in a job rut, they propose self-directed exercises to assess personal gifts and aptitudes, passions and values, so that readers can define their "calling," which the authors define as "the inner urge to give our gifts away." They also provide engaging stories of a wide variety of workers who have found ways to express their individual callings within conventional job titles. Leider and Shapiro maintain that when a calling serves to promote one of our passions in an environment consistent with our core values, we maximize our chances for infusing work with joy and meaning. Despite their enthusiasm, Leider and Shapiro acknowledge that all workers have to take responsibility for having "courageous conversations" with themselves, and they do not downplay readers' resistance to confronting tough realities, change and risk. Emphasizing their own successes and those of the others who have found their callings, the authors remind readers that "the only regrets we really have are the risks we didn't take." (Apr.)Forecast: With workplaces growing more impersonal, job-satisfaction ratings sinking and the economy stagnating, this lively and commonsensical guide, with its hopeful message and lack of jargon, could prove irresistible to readers who pick it up and its attractive price makes it accessible to workers at all salary levels.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


More About the Author

RICHARD J. LEIDER
Legendary Coach, Bestselling Author, Speaker

Founder and Chairman of The Inventure Group, a coaching and consulting firm with offices in Minneapolis, MN, Richard has created a wide array of programs and experiences for clients, such as AARP, Caterpillar, Ericsson, Habitat for Humanity, and MetLife.

Richard is consistently rated as one of the top executive coaches in the world. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the "Top 5" most respected executive coaches, by Linkage as one of the "Top 50" executive coaches, and by the Conference Board as a "legend in coaching."

He is an Executive Fellow at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and is a guest lecturer in the Harvard Business School and Duke Corporate Education.

Richard is the author of nine books, including three best sellers, and his work has been translated into 21 languages. Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose are considered classics in the personal growth field. Claiming Your Place at the Fire and Something to Live For, have been touted as breakthrough books on "positive aging." He is a contributing author to many leading edge coaching books, including: Coaching for Leadership, The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, Executive Coaching for Results, The Leader of the Future, and The Organization of the Future.

Richard holds a Master's Degree in Counseling and is a Nationally Certified Master Career Counselor. He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality and Healing where he is a founder of The Purpose Project. As a commentator on "life work" challenges, Richard appears in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and USA Today, and on PBS public
television, NPR public radio and other media sources. Along with his professional pursuits, Richard leads annual Inventure Expedition walking safaris in Tanzania, East Africa.

A pioneer in the field of "positive aging," Richard's work has received recognition from the Bush Foundation, from which he was awarded a Bush Fellowship. He was named a "Distinguished Alumni" by Gustavus Adolphus College, to the "Hall of Fame" at Central High School, and received
the Fielding Outstanding Scholar for Creative Longevity and Wisdom award.

Richard is arguably one of the most in‐demand coaches in the world. For over 30 years he has helped more than 100,000 people from over 50 corporations discover the power and possibility to pursue life's big question: "What gets you up in the morning?"

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Dercks on March 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Leider and Shapiro have done it again, writing a book that speaks to a crucial issue in many people's lives. "What do I want to be when I grow up" is a question many of us are asking, at an age when one would think the question had been long answered. Like all of Dick Leider's books, this one is a very pleasant and calming read, filled with interesting stories and sound advice. Whistle While You Work, in combination with the Calling Cards, can give great insight for each individual into what type of work would be most rewarding, and what work environment most suitable. This is a very informative book.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Douglas B Sievers on February 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
A must read no matter what stage of life you are at. This book can best be described as a guided journey, where critical questions are posed that lead the reader to reflect on where they are at in life with work and where they desire to be. One of the best aspects of this book was the real life stories of working professionals. These testimentaries fit very nicely into the general theme and flow of the book. Don't think twice about putting the whistle in your work!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Susan S. Boren on February 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
Whistle While You Work speaks to what I hear daily from friends and colleagues, i.e., work without passion drains energy from life and nibbles away at the soul. This book takes a straightforward approach to how you can be personally responsible for discovering what work will suit you so well that work/energy/passion meld into one. Leider and Shapiro make the ultimate dream of "good work" seem possible, attainable and sustainable. The calling card exercise works so don't pass it up!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2001
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This book is a rare gift. It helps you ask and answer the questions that adults rarely ask anymore, "What do I want to be when I grow up?" and "What was I born to do?" The authors are talented story tellers and through their stories you understand the true meaning of what callings are. Then, they take you through an exercise with calling cards to help you find what your own calling is. Through this exercise you can truly see whether you are spending your time on this earth the way you should be. I loved their other book too, Repacking Your Bags. I am glad to see these authors writing together again.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C. Neck on January 26, 2001
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Confucius once wrote: "Find a job you love, and you will never have to work another day in your life." This book is the first step towards making these words ring true in your life. It's a must read for anyone searching to find such a job to enhance their life.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Mazzoni on March 11, 2003
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Books like this do everything in their power to get your drive going. And every time I read one (which isn't often), I do feel good about myself. But in the end, I'm back on Earth a few days later. OK, I am sounding pathetic, but the truth is, there isn't a whole lot of practical advice here, just motivational anecdotes. To be frank, there is nothing wrong with that. It just needs more to distinguish itself.
It starts out promising with the part about choosing the characteristics you most want in a job. However, it goes downhill with the straight out of "Touch By an Angel" cabbie stories that start every chapter. What I really did like about this book is that it makes you reevaluate the situation you are currently in to make the most of it. It doesn't preach dropping everything and chasing after your dream because not all of us are in a position to do so. Another thing I liked is that it keeps the message short (under 200 pages). There is no need for a book like this to be 300+ pages. All in all, it's a good starter book for those looking to make a career change.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By kkant@singnet.com.sg on November 24, 2001
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A must read in making choices along your career journey to find your calling. Based on John Holland's Theory, this is a very useful book to help laypersons' to apply the Theory in a most practical and meaningful way to find their calling. Most importantly, the authors share not only their personal experiences but also include the experiences of a number of individuals. In career planning and strategizing, this is very helpful. It is having others share their experiences and this gives a better grasp of the issues so that career choices can be made wisely. This ultimately will lead you to what you are destined to do. A useful complementary reading to the perrenial favourite, What Colour Is Your Parachute. In fact, Richard Bolles' comment about the book is, "I love it"! Need I say more for endorsements?
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