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Freedom and Accountability at Work: Applying Philosophic Insight to the Real World

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Freedom and Accountability at Work: Applying Philosophic Insight to the Real World

Peter Koestenbaum, Peter Block

ISBN: 978-0-787-95594-6 August 2001 Pfeiffer 464 Pages

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Peter Koestenbaum and Peter Block offer you a new perspective forviewing the workplace through the lens of philosophy so that youmay have a better understanding of how to reclaim your freedom andaccountability and encourage the same in others. They provide aradical new approach to your work-a-day life that will bring truemeaning and power to your work.

Freedom and Accountability at Work offers you the information youneed to:
* Gain strength and meaning by transforming your thinking on howyou view anxiety, doubt, death, and guilt
* Find new ways to bring spiritual and ethical values into yourworkplace
* Engage in profound change that will help you overcome cynicismthat comes from superficial change
* Replace your loss of organizational loyalty and safety with asense of freedom and accountability

"Both Koestenbaum and Block are such passionate men who bringtogether what we all seek in our work life-meaning, insight, andhumanness. Bless them for this book."
--Joyce DeShano, board chair, Ascension Health
Part One.

1. Experience of Freedom.

2. Choice, Reality, and Will.

3. Determinism and the Case Against Freedom.

4. Existential Understanding.

Part I: Implications.

Part Two.

5. Value of Anxiety.

6. Revelations of Anxiety.

7. Coping with Anxiety of Rebirth.

Part II: Implications.

Part Three.

8. Vitality of Death.

9. Revelations of Death and Failure.

10. Reality of Evil.

11. Coping with Anxiety of Evil.

Part III: Implications.

Part Four.

12. Two Kinds of Guilt.

13. The Problem of Meaning.

14. Constituting the Workplace.

Part IV Implications.
"Both Koestenbaum and Block are such passionate men who bringtogether what we all seek in our work life-meaning, insight, andhumanness. Bless them for this book." (Joyce DeShano, board chair,Ascension Health)

"Peter Koestenbaum's message of courage and accountability in theface of anxiety has struck a powerful chord. He and Peter Blockhave helped us see the very core of ourcontribution-compassionately confront people with their ownfreedom." (Kenneth F. Murphy, senior vice president, humanresources, Philip Morris USA)

"Prepare to have your world rocked. Koestenbaum and Block take onthe profound task of understanding existence and its place inorganizations. You will never be the same." (Christopher G. Worley,director, MSOD Program, Pepperdine University)

"This book deepens the ongoing economic and social dialogue aboutbalancing wealth creation with core human values. The authors'words offer encouragement to people in organizations who choose toelevate their work by using it as a vehicle to discover andstrengthen the links between identity and industry, passion andprosperity, meaning and marketability, service and success."(Joseph A. Braidish, director, Kelley Executive Partners, IndianaUniversity Kelley School of Business)

"Peter Koestenbaum brings the full force of his intellectualprowess to bear on the major questions of human existence. Hisinsights are priceless even as they challenge some of our mostdeeply held assumptions about organizational life." (Camden C.Danielson, executive director, Kelley Executive Partners, IndianaUniversity)

"This work is one of those rare business book breaks from the 'howto?to the what if?'. Block and Koestenbaum provide the foundationfor a philosophy of hope for the work place for life; addingmeaning to both." (Howard Schultz, cofounder, The LearningConsortium)

"This book is for the curious and the courageous. The curious willlearn from a master philosopher and be intellectually challenged.The courageous will be asked to choose freedom and accountability.Be forewarned!" (Charlotte Roberts, author, Fifth DisciplineFieldbook, The Dance of Change)

"Tired of being held? and holding others?accountable? Disappointedthat your time management system didn't reduce your stress? Thinkfreedom in the workplace is an oxymoron? Then get ready to go deep,and emerse yourself in the wisdom of Koestenbaum according toBlock." (Paul Anderson, dean, Northern California School forManaging and Leading Change)

"I've taught Peter Koestenbaum's leadership philosophy all over theworld...and it works! Its broad and all encompassing...and brings apowerful message of hope to us in the workplace." (George I.Fitzpatrick, The Authentic Leader, teacher and practitioner)

"This is an important book by two important management thinkers.Peter Koestenbaum and Peter Block offer an alternative, if not anantidote, to the shallowness of 'speed, simplicity and(unwarranted) self-confidence' by challenging managers to thinkabout freedom and accountability." (Robert M. Fulmer, coauthor, TheLeadership Investment, Distinguished Visiting Professor GraziadioSchool of Business, Pepperdine University)

"Noted philosopher Peter Koestenbaum and author Peter Block presentsome new perspectives for seekers of meaning, insight and humanityin the work place." (Training, 12/01)

"It's perceptions are strikingly original, challenging the readeron every page to speculate and transform." (Napra Review,1/02)

"Koestenbaum and Block present more in-depth information onphilosophical tenets and do an outstanding job of helping readerssee how to apply the ideas." (Choice, 2/02)

"...it provides deep an valuable insight..." (Professional Manager,March 2002)

"It belongs on your retail shelves and also in your backroom to beread and shared with employees." (New Age Retailer, May/June 2002)