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Responsibility at Work. How Leading Professionals Act (or Don't Act) Responsibly

  • ID: 2326888
  • Book
  • 368 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Responsibility at Work

"In this remarkable collection of essays, Gardner and his colleagues have given us an astonishing array of penetrating insights into the responsibilities, meaning, and ethics of work. Everyone, anyone, in any organization, can learn and profit from the wisdom in these pages."
Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business and University Professor at the University of Southern California and author of On Becoming a Leader

"Gardner and his colleagues boldly confront the ever–present tensions between professional action and professional responsibility with superbly crafted individual case studies as well as broad theoretical arguments. Taken together, the writers deepen our understanding of the challenges of leadership from classical ethical dilemmas to the seemingly mundane question of how to allocate one′s time."
Lee S. Shulman, President, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

"Responsibility at Work is a crucial book for our times. It is horrifying to think that a willingness to take responsibility has so long been eclipsed by a demand for rights. It is responsibility that is the cornerstone of our society and is the key to "good work." This insightful, penetrating book gives fresh understanding of that vital and essential concept and how it can be applied in the workplace."
ALEX S. JONES, Director, Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Kennedy School, Harvard University

"The key to building community, as argued here, is for citizens to take responsibility toward others. But where do people gain that sensibility? What social forces encourage it? What can we do to enrich it? In short, how can we revive people′s commitment to others? Drawing upon hundreds of interviews from the GoodWork® Project, the authors of these essays wrestle admirably with these questions. Taken together, these essays are not only richly rewarding but reassuring: perhaps it is just possible we can find our way again."
DAVID GERGEN, Professor of Public Service and Director of the Center forPublic Leadership at Harvard University′s John F. Kennedy School of Government

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Who is responsible for good work? (Howard Gardner).


1. Taking ultimate responsibility (William Damon and Kendall Bronk).

2. The ability to respond (Susan Verducci).

3. Creativity and responsibility (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura).

4. A call to serve: An exploration of humane creators (Wendy Fischman).


5. A balancing act: How physicians and teachers manage time pressures and responsibility (Jeffrey Solomon).

6. Placing God before me: Spirituality and responsibility at work (Seth Wax).

7. Responsibility and leadership (Andreas Schröer).

8. Service at Work (Lynn Barendsen).

9. Beyond the gender stereotype: Responsibilities to self and others (Carrie James).

10. Control and responsibility: A Danish perspective on leadership (Hans Henrik Knoop).


11. Constraining responsibility: Choices and compromises (Laura Horn and Howard Gardner).

12. Irresponsible Work (Howard Gardner).

Part Four: Toward Greater Responsibility).

13. Practicing responsibility (Jeanne Nakamura).

14. The GoodWork Toolkit: From Theory to Practice (Lynn Barendsen and Wendy Fischman).

Conclusion (Howard Gardner).


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Howard Gardner
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