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Best selling author and distinguished management consultant Peter Block fast forwards us to the business model of the future: a self-governing, accountable organization where power is shared equally and work has meaning far beyond conventional measures. Join this business visionary as he explores:
  • The "community" of workers and how faith, service and communication redefine success.
  • How to retain the best co-workers and why it has little to do with money.
  • The "high control, low adaptive" organization and its roots in the parent-child relationship.
  • What the philosopher-artist can teach us about pure motivation.
  • The "controlling" boss: the surprising truth about why they do it.
  • Spirituality in the workplace and the hidden strengths of our co-workers.
  • Performance appraisal: obsolete artifact or necessary evil?
  • Breaking the cycle of "unfulfillable expectations" in the workplace through the partnership model.
  • The "Great Questions" technique for building skillful communications and trust at work.
  • If we redistribute power do we have to redistribute wealth, too?
  • Compelling real-life examples of the power of stewardship, gained from Peter Block's years of work in both the public and private sectors.

    Concluding with a tough question-and-answer session with Peter Block, The Right Use of Power will help prepare you for the changes, challenges and rewards coming in the new era of business - an era that has already begun.

  • ©2002 Peter Block; (P)2002 Sounds True, All Rights Reserved

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    This book expounds on the ideas and concepts put forth in the author's earlier book "Stewardship: Choosing Service over Self-interest." Peter questions many aspects of the basic business model we now work under, such as performance reviews, motivation, employee retention, profitability, etc. and suggests revolutionary changes in our thinking. Implementing his ideas will force us to think about the bigger picture, the impact of our actions on society, and how this will benefit all. The discussion here is a little more practical than in his other stewardship book, and he offers numerous examples to illustrate his points. He admits that much of what he says is experimental, but that change starts in pieces. The book ends with an interview where the moderator challenges Peter on the practicality of his ideas. If nothing else, his defenses will leave you thinking.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    Felt like a good old wine bottle of wisdom

    Peter Block is the man that could restructure the illogic architecture of modern leadership that is so unpoetic.
    He makes leadership human and artistic

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    • Marcus
    • 02-09-12

    The Voice of Stewardship

    Peter Block's book made me realise how much potential there is pent up in ordinary people. People with purpose, shared values and an environment that fosters interdependence and respect, can do amazing things.

    This builds on the great work of the likes of Stephen R Covey, Stephen RM Covey, Chip Conley. Other authors you might enjoy include Og Mandino, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, Harriet Braiker, Brene Brown, Peter Miller, Dan Ariely, Chip & Dan Heath, Kerry Patterson, Jonathan Haidt.

    This isn't going to be for everyone. If you want a quick fix to a broken organisation, this isn't the book for you.

    Applying the lessons of this book cannot be for the faint hearted. Block pulls no punches and had me rapt from the start.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 12-07-06

    Thought Provoking

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book on a number of levels. Peter Block offers some highly stimulating and original thinking about organizational and personal leadership that I found particularly useful. His laid back delivery and dry humour at times had me chuckling, particularly when he related situations that I have myself experienced. An essential listen for those interested in modern leadership beyond the 'Industrial age, command and control paradigm' as Mr Covey would put it.