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The Congruent Life: Following the Inward Path to Fulfilling Work and Inspired Leadership

ISBN: 978-0-7879-5008-8
320 pages
January 2000, Jossey-Bass
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From Dagwood to Dilbert, the past fifty years haven't seen much evolution in our attitudes toward work. Too many of us still believe that our work selves and our real selves, our professional and personal lives, are separate entities. This book is about how that concept is slowly, but surely, changing. It is about why it is changing. And, most important, it is about why it must change. C. Michael Thompson takes a compelling look at the connection between our inner lives and our work lives and shows how the development of the individual spirit can trigger not just personal fulfillment, but much-needed organizational change.


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Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction: Life in the Lost Provinces.

WORK AND THE SEARCH FOR MEANING IN OUR AGE.

The Great Divorce.

The Meaning of Work and the Work of Meaning.

SPIRITUALITY: AN ANSWER ANCIENT AND EVER NEW.

Spirituality--And Other Misunderstood Words.

Beware of Cheap Imitations (or, What Spirituality is Not).

Why Go There?

PSYCHOSPIRITUAL GROWTH AND ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP.

The "Fruits of the Spirit".

The Personal Fruits.

The Interpersonal Fruits.

INSPIRED LIVING AND LEADING: ANSWERING THE CALL OF A NEW AGE.

Toward the Future: Shifting Sands and Paradigms.

Personal Spiritual Growth.

Conclusion: The Hundreth Seeker.
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C. MICHAEL THOMPSON runs a private consulting practice that focuses on organizational and individual assessment, leadership development, and executive coaching. He is also an adjunct and feedback coach with the Center for Creative Leadership and a member of the adjunct faculty of Salem College.
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"The Congruent Life is by far the clearest and most comprehensive examination of the intellectual, emotional, psychological, and spiritual imperatives that provide the fertile soil in which a rich inner life and a successful business career can grow together." --James A. Autry, author of Real Power: Business Lessons from the TaoTe Ching

"This is a masterful book, at once challenging and encouraging, authoritative and innovative. Thompson's ideas are profound and his research is impeccable, engaging and rich with practical applications." --Gerald G. May, author of Will and Spirit and The Awakened Heart

"Spirituality and work is a popular topic these days, but few who talk or write about it do so with the grounding and insight that Michael Thompson has to offer. Thompson provides a guide to the subject that is sound in its scholarship, compelling in its presentation, and immediately applicable to contemporary lives." --Parker J. Palmer, author of Let Your Life Speak and The Courage to Teach

"Among all the books that have been appearing on this subject, Michael Thompson's voice is one of the calmest, wisest, and most helpful I know. He has something significant to say on every aspect of the subject." --Peter B. Vaill, author, Spirited Leading and Learning: Process Wisdom for a New Age
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