- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (April 2, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1573229148
- ISBN-13: 978-1573229142
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Readers who accept poet and Fortune 500 consultant Whyte’s invitation to enter into ‘an imaginative conversation about life and work’ are likely to be challenged as well as delighted by the beauty of his writing and the expansiveness of his views. Gracefully using the metaphor of a sea voyage to depict the journey through the world of work, Whyte views work not only as a means of support, but as a means for interacting with the world and developing self-expression and identity… An abundance of provocative ideas…thoughtful readers will wholeheartedly savor this book.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Crossing the Unknown Sea is like a grail that reconfers dignity to what has been demeaned by our preoccupation with monetary wealth.”Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce
“Managers might do well to ditch wishy-washy motivational speakers and instead hire the fiery David Whyte to stir creativity and imagination in their employees.”USA Today
“Keep this beautiful book with you and you will discover, as I have, a still point amid our slightly mad world.”Peter Senge, author of the The Fifth Discipline and coauthor of Schools That Learn
About the Author
Poet David Whyte grew up among the hills and valleys of Yorkshire, England. The author of four books of poetry, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with many American and international companies. He holds a degree in Marine Zoology, and has traveled extensively, including working as a naturalist guide and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions. He lives with his family in the Pacific Northwest.
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Crossing the Unknown Sea is especially recommended for those trying to make sense of and bring meaning to what they do, their work lives. This book is also a source of inspiration, and perhaps the needed push, for those who have recognized they need to change their work focus, but did not know how to begin to do so. Whyte walks the reader through the process of reconnecting with their innermost desires and suggests the mental attitudes and daily disciplines needed to successfully identify the distinction between what one does (for a living) and who one is. Despite its predominately individual focus, the book is also recommended for business leaders as the closing chapter discusses the questions and conversations that must be had for corporations to be successful in a constantly changing world and how attract and retain a loyal and productive workforce.
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If you are like me, someone who loves stories and believes each one of us is here to be the hero of our own life story, then this is a book you will want to purchase and keep in your personal library for the rest of your life.
Although I am still at the crossroads with regards to starting a new career, I have at least decided on a clearer path (a path born out of the pages of "Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity"); one that I believe will fulfill my soul and embolden me to have a greater impact on society.