career planning, spirituality and work

 

Nicholas W. Weiler, in collaboration with Stephen C. Schoonover, M.D.

"Filled with practical, researched advice that is simultaneously both spiritual and profoundly down to earth." -M. Scott Peck, M.D., author of The Road Less Traveled


Spiritual development as if the work world mattered

A recent cover story in Fortune magazine describes, "a counter culture bubbling up all over corporate America that wants to bridge the traditional divide between spirituality and work." Clearly, people are looking for a greater sense of fulfillment and spiritual growth in what they are doing.

Most of us have explored various spiritual development books or other resources in attempt to improve our lives in one way or another. While many of these are excellent in their own right, they often leave a person with little indication of how to apply their teachings in daily life, especially in the context of one's work life. We get back to work and immediately plunge back into the world of deadlines and expectations and the old behavior patterns seem to take over.

Good for you, good for your employer.

We're not theologians or ministers. I've spent most of my career working at the corporate headquarters level in GE and other large corporations. Steve's a psychiatrist who has turned his attention to helping companies develop more productive and successful employees. But we're convinced that people work best when they have a spiritual center, and they're happiest and most fulfilled when their work life is supportive of their personal life values and spiritual aspirations.

In our research at GE and other companies, we learned that the things that make people resilient and successful-and thereby productive-came from the inside. These tend to be characteristics like taking responsibility for their own careers; understanding their own life values, having a sense of some higher purpose, communicating with an openness to others' needs and ideas. These were people who had figured out on their own how to "take their souls to work."

If these Fortune 500 professionals can do it, you can too but just wanting it may not be enough. Most of us have the determination to improve our lives but we don't know where to start and we get bogged down in false starts. We need a little help. Your Soul at Work provides a step-by-step process to get you off the dime and keep you moving forward in directions you want to go.

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