Bringing Your Soul to Work

An Everyday Practice

Cheryl Peppers (Author) | Alan Briskin (Author)

Publication date: 08/01/2000

Bringing Your Soul to Work
  • From the author of The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace, winner of the Body Mind Spirit Award of Excellence
  • Engages the creative side of readers through stories, images, reflections, and imagination
  • Combines vivid portraits of work life with solid principles of psychological and organizational theory
  • Helps readers work through their own questions and dilemmas as they confront the challenges of today's workplace
  • From the author of The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace, winner of the Body Mind Spirit Award of Excellence
  • Engages the creative side of readers through stories, images, reflections, and imagination
  • Combines vivid portraits of work life with solid principles of psychological and organizational theory
  • Helps readers work through their own questions and dilemmas as they confront the challenges of today's workplace

Employees today are actively searching for more meaning in the workplace, for work that resonates with their being. How does one dare yearn for something more, when so many workplaces seem aligned solely with financial survival and profit making? How do we get work done amidst the demands and tugs on our soul?

Bringing Your Soul to Work addresses these troubling questions in a way that provides a pathway for readers who want to bridge the gap between their spiritual and work lives. It honors readers' unique experiences and challenges them to think differently, aligning their actions with their hearts.

Engaging, inspiring, and poetic, yet grounded in real life, this book is written by consultants who see the contradictions of the workplace firsthand. Using case examples, personal stories, inspirational quotes, visual images, reflective questions, and specific applications, it shows readers how to use their own experience to grapple with the gritty realities of the workplace. Throughout the book, readers are invited to consider the book's concepts in relation to their own unique situations and, in the case of the applications, to record their responses in writing. They then learn to construct meaning from their own experience, drawing on imagination and practice, as well as the specific circumstances of their work lives.

Addressing what many feel but cannot say out loud, Bringing Your Soul to Work links ideas about soul to the realities of work in a unique way. For all those looking to increase their effectiveness at work and bring more feeling, imagination, and heart into their efforts with others, it will serve as a guide for creating something new and lasting.

  • From the author of The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace, winner of the Body Mind Spirit Award of Excellence
  • Engages the creative side of readers through stories, images, reflections, and imagination
  • Combines vivid portraits of work life with solid principles of psychological and organizational theory
  • Helps readers work through their own questions and dilemmas as they confront the challenges of today's workplace

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Overview

  • From the author of The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace, winner of the Body Mind Spirit Award of Excellence
  • Engages the creative side of readers through stories, images, reflections, and imagination
  • Combines vivid portraits of work life with solid principles of psychological and organizational theory
  • Helps readers work through their own questions and dilemmas as they confront the challenges of today's workplace
  • From the author of The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace, winner of the Body Mind Spirit Award of Excellence
  • Engages the creative side of readers through stories, images, reflections, and imagination
  • Combines vivid portraits of work life with solid principles of psychological and organizational theory
  • Helps readers work through their own questions and dilemmas as they confront the challenges of today's workplace

Employees today are actively searching for more meaning in the workplace, for work that resonates with their being. How does one dare yearn for something more, when so many workplaces seem aligned solely with financial survival and profit making? How do we get work done amidst the demands and tugs on our soul?

Bringing Your Soul to Work addresses these troubling questions in a way that provides a pathway for readers who want to bridge the gap between their spiritual and work lives. It honors readers' unique experiences and challenges them to think differently, aligning their actions with their hearts.

Engaging, inspiring, and poetic, yet grounded in real life, this book is written by consultants who see the contradictions of the workplace firsthand. Using case examples, personal stories, inspirational quotes, visual images, reflective questions, and specific applications, it shows readers how to use their own experience to grapple with the gritty realities of the workplace. Throughout the book, readers are invited to consider the book's concepts in relation to their own unique situations and, in the case of the applications, to record their responses in writing. They then learn to construct meaning from their own experience, drawing on imagination and practice, as well as the specific circumstances of their work lives.

Addressing what many feel but cannot say out loud, Bringing Your Soul to Work links ideas about soul to the realities of work in a unique way. For all those looking to increase their effectiveness at work and bring more feeling, imagination, and heart into their efforts with others, it will serve as a guide for creating something new and lasting.

  • From the author of The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace, winner of the Body Mind Spirit Award of Excellence
  • Engages the creative side of readers through stories, images, reflections, and imagination
  • Combines vivid portraits of work life with solid principles of psychological and organizational theory
  • Helps readers work through their own questions and dilemmas as they confront the challenges of today's workplace

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Meet the Authors


Visit Author Page - Cheryl Peppers



Cheryl Peppers is an organization consultant in the areas of leadership development, strategic vision, work design, process analysis, team start-ups, and workforce strategy. Her clients have included numerous Fortune 500 companies, as well as a number of professional service firms.


Visit Author Page - Alan Briskin

Alan Briskin, Ph.D. is an award-winning author, artist, and pioneer in the field of organizational learning. He has been working with groups and organizations for over 30 years as a coach and consultant. In his role as a consultant and executive coach, Alan helps leaders apply practical wisdom and a learning orientation to complex issues of organizational change and transition. He uses dialogue, inquiry, and skillful questions to evoke new ways of thinking. He is the author of The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace and co-author of Bringing Your Soul to Work and Daily Miracles.  His most recent book is The Power of Collective Wisdom: And the Trap of Collective Folly.

To learn more about Alan and his work, please visit his website wwe.alanbriskin.com

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Collective Cry for Something More

Part One: Mapping the Territory

Chapter 1: Windows to the Soul

Chapter 2: Soul as a Chorus for Inner Voices

Chapter 3: Shadows of the Soul

Chapter 4: Playing with Wild Cards

Chapter 5: Shadow Sightings and Everyday Practice

Part Two: The Expedition

Chapter 6: Finding Purpose in Work

Chapter 7: Role as an Expression of Soul

Chapter 8: Practices for Being Effective in Role

Chapter 9: The Emotional Tapestry of Group Life

Chapter 10: The Threads of Connection

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Excerpt

BRINGING

PREFACE

THIS BOOK began as a small project that turned into its own journey. Berrett-Koehler had asked Alan to prepare a study guide for the soft-cover publication of his first book, The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace. At about the same time, Cheryl was rethinking her consulting practice, looking for ways to bring understanding and renewal to those struggling for more meaning in their work. A colleague of Cheryl’s turned out to be a friend of Alan’s and suggested they meet. Soon, we had agreed to write a study guide together as a first step toward collaboration.

Some months into the project, we realized that we had stumbled onto something much bigger—a guide that would take readers along a personal journey, linking ideas about spirit and soul to the gritty realities of the workplace. What has gotten lost? How do we get work done amidst the demands and tugs on our soul? How do we awaken to our gifts? How do we join with others to make work meaningful? Through stories, reflections, and written applications, the guide would invite readers to take up these questions and apply them to their specific work settings. Knowing that so many are searching for ways to bring soul into their work, our goal became to provide encouragement as well as a pathway for the journey.

To listen to the soul’s voice is to be mindful of our own particular path and curious about the patterns that thread our lives together. How do we follow the threads that lead into our own personal story? How can we find the place where the inner world and the outer world meet—find soul, that is, in the points of overlap? As writers, we invite readers to draw on their imagination, their curiosity, their courage, and their belief that “there must be something more.”

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Endorsements

"It is only when we begin to experience our own truth and beauty that we are capable of recognizing these qualities in others. This book takes the reader on an archaeological dig of the most personal kind, dedicated to bringing forth the authentic self in the workplace. A stunning accomplishment!"

-- Nancy Kezlarian, Executive Director, Florence Crittenton Center

"Peppers and Briskin have written a creative guide for all who seek greater inspiration and soul in their work. This book is grounded in the principles of depth psychology and makes common sense use of working with persona and shadow issues in the wokplace as well as our personal lives. This book can truly provide a bridge between our inner lives and the work that we do in the world. It is no ordinary 'self-help' book, but a path for self examination and reflection, bringing nuggets of wisdom from many sources."

-- Dr. Suzy Spradlein, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Analyst, C.J. Jung Institute of San Francisco

"Business leaders today confront a most pragmatic concern-the war for talent. Without authentic, soul-led, pasionate commitment themselves, leaders cnnot attract and keep people. Cheryl and Alan guide the reader first on the inner path to finding one's true voice and passion, and then offer wise counsel and simple but effective practice for taking soulfulness into the gritty world of inspiring people, managing roles and driving business."

"Today's institutions and our upbringing have not prepared us for htis new economy. Instead , we feel fragmented, rushed, unsatisfied. Cheryl and Alan offer practical ways for unearthing the lost abilities to see deeply, to be auhtrnetic, to listen soulfully. Armed with the disciplines they outline, the reader can discover the narrow and rewarding path that balances authenticity and role, being and doing, inteention and action."

-- Stepahanie Spong, Managing Director, Razorfish (Los Angeles)

"Bringing Your Soul to Work is written with care and an easy and compelling prose. Peppers and Briskin are bravely willing to face what is difficult and confusing in life and work and therefore very respectful to the reader. The book is a fine blend of spirit and practicality and if the reader has the will to do the exercises, they will find they will have given voice to their own story, which is the point of reading, anyway."

-- Peter Block, author of Stewardship, The Empowered Manager and Flawless Consulting

"What does 'soul' have to do with going to work every day? Everything, when traditional notions of work are transformed from employment (what we do) to a process of self discovery (who we want to become). The authors raise profound issues and offer practical insight about successfully embarking on a life-changing journey through the experience of work. This book is a highly evocative and deeply personal "field guide" to better understanding different, even difficult, parts of ourselves through what we do. It is a powerful dialogue that can help us realize more of our humanity by consciously reframing the role and purpose of work in our lives. The wisdom of this book makes a seminal contribution to anyone who wonders, "There must be more to worklife."

-- Peter Boland, Ph.D., President, Boland Healthcare

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