- Hardcover: 156 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (May 9, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0787901733
- ISBN-13: 978-0787901738
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,861,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Managing with the Wisdom of Love: Uncovering Virtue in People and Organizations 1st Edition
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"A gutsy book. Marcic has spoken honestly about theresponsibilities and motivations at work in a way no one has daredbefore. [This book] should be read by everyone interested inmanagement and organization." -Lawrence M. Miller, President,Miller Howard Consulting Group
"Dorothy Marcic has found some men and women in business who arechasing sales and profits like everyone else, but who are living ina different world than many of us -- a world of trust and faith andlove and even serenity! This book shows us how that is possible."-Peter Vaill, author of Learning as a Way of Being and Managing asa Performing Art
"With the discipline of a good scholar and the insight of a sage,Dorothy Marcic has extracted the most profound lessons from theworld's wisdom literature, and has synthesized them into acompelling guide for those who would manage with the wisdom oflove. But don't expect wispy new age idealism here, because Ms.Marcic has illustrated her material with persuasive, specificexamples from today's American workplace." -James A. Autry, formerCEO of Meredith Corporation and the author of Confessions of anAccidental Businessman, Love and Profit, and Life and Work
"Moves the reader beyond today's poverty stricken business to abusiness of well-being....It also provokes the inevitable foreveryone: the discovery of self." -John Hormann, coauthor ofCreative Work
[For use on front cover:] "It is a time of virulent change. Manyare being left far behind. Cynicism is rampant. But Dorothy Marcicoffers a message of hope and, yes, love. Work...Virtue...Love. Thethree can -- and should -- fit in the same workspace. Read thisbook, then ask, 'Why Not?' " -Tom Peters
"This book is a must for those in leadership positions who arecommitted to establishing people- and team-centered organizationsthat are truly empowered." -Carl M. Skoogland, Vice President,Ethics Director, Texas Instruments Inc.
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Disappointing reengineering and downsizing efforts have prompted many managers to realize that prescribed formulas and materialistic solutions are not the total answer to organizational problems. But what more is there? In Managing With The Wisdom Of Love, author Dorothy Marcic explores that question from a fundamentally different perspective as she poses an intriguing question of her own: How would the workplace change if we acknowledged that spiritual values are as important in the operations of organizations as they are in the lives of the people who work there? As the author brilliantly shows, love, justice, dignity and respect are more than just traditional spiritual ideas; they are also The New Management Virtues needed in the contemporary workplace.Speaking directly to those managers who are "trying to figure out why their elaborately planned programs don't work, why morale is low or trust is absent, why worker motivation just isn't what it ought to be," Marcic presents concrete evidence -- taken from real-world examples -- that breaking spiritual law, in business as elsewhere, elicits predictable results. She also outlines practical workplace applications for the Anduring principles she discusses, and provides checklists and charts that help operationalize spirituality and internalize what it means to act as a manager with virtue.Banishing the outdated "tyranny of the OR" -- the notion that a business can be spiritual OR successful -- Managing With The Wisdom Of Love gives business people the insight they need to thrive instead with the "genius of AND."
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- Roots = Volitional
- Trunk = Emotional
- Branches = Intellectual
- Leaves = Physical
The unseen water and nutrients necessary for the tree to survive represent spiritual qualities such as justice, respect, dignity, and the ability to love. These spiritual qualities are intended to form the foundation of an organization's philosophy and are the basis of the New Management Principles of trustworthiness, unity, respect and dignity, justice, and service and humility, suggested by the author.
The author provides examples where some of the New Management Principles have been incorporated into struggling organizations. Stepwise approaches to assessing the current status of an organization and for integrating spirituality into an organization are also provided. However, my criticism of the book is framed by a statement made by the author --that trustworthiness is at the foundation of the problems associated with management change efforts. By the lack of detailed supporting research and thorough documentation of successes within organizations, the author forces the reader to take a leap of faith as to weather or not to trust in the concepts contained in the book. The impasse here is, of course, that spirituality is an intangible that cannot be seen or measured. Essentially, the author paints an abstract picture of utopia where realism may be needed.
The concepts provided by the author are consistent with contemporary viewpoints on ethics, motivation, teambuilding, leadership, and the management of diversity. Authors of theory and text on these subjects offer similar views and suggest that the path to a successful organization is through the balanced application of principles similar to those suggested by the author
The underlying message of the book, to treat and respect others as we would wish for ourselves, is arguably the single most important goal we should set for our personal and professional lives. Certainly the concept of applying this principle in a work environment will be met by a fair share of skeptics, as acknowledged by the author (`in the end, about 30% of participants will be transformed to some degree, 50% will be open to future experiences but not yet transformed, and about 20% will be against the transformation process or simply will not care'), but what management change effort isn't met with skepticism. The success/failure rates of other of other management programs may be comparable, because it takes a visionary team of leaders to lay the foundation necessary to see these concepts permeate a large organization. The concepts presented by the author also seem to be the first to be thrown out the door in a time of crisis. Open your mind and heart and take in the message the author is trying to deliver and it will enrich you, the people you work with, and maybe even society as a whole.
Once thought to be relevant only in formal religious contexts, this author makes a valid case for 'Managing with the Wisdom of Love' in the workplace. She goes so far as to suggest that much of the conflict/problems that plague organizations are the direct result of the imbalance that exists among the five dimensions of work. To manage with love is to treat others as you would like to be treated; to manage with wisdom is to seek the best balance for the individual, the group, the organization and the community.
This is the premise of Marcic's guiding principles for effective management. Marcic says the philosophical and spiritual foundations are made of "New Management Virtues:" trustworthiness, unity, respect and dignity, justice, service and humility. Marcic incorporates success stories from well-known companies that follow these virtues. She makes great use of charts, checklists and questions to use to implement these spiritual laws. The book lacks suggestion in how to deal with coworkers who may not be open to these beliefs or new ideas. She makes it sound easier than it really is, since change can create fear and conflict for some individuals.
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Reading this book encouraged me to reflect on myself as a manager - to...Read more