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

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August 2007



This collection of essays focuses on how workers conceptualize and act upon their responsibilities at work. The contributors examine creativity, drive, caring, and purpose as models and explore the dysfunctions that can lead to compromised work and employee cynicism.


Introduction. Who is responsible for good work? (Howard Gardner). PART ONE: POWERFUL MODELS OF RESPONSIBILITY). 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). PART TWO: FACTORS THAT MODULATE RESPONSIBILITY). 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 Schroer). 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). PART THREE: THE LIMITS OF RESPONSIBILITY). 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). Index.


Howard Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the author of more than twenty books translated into twenty-four languages. Gardner also holds positions as adjunct professor of psychology at Harvard University, adjunct professor of neurology at Boston University, and senior director of Harvard Project Zero.


"Gardner and his colleagues outline steps that can be taken to build a sense of responsibility and to take ownership for one's work and its wider impact." ( District Administration , 07/08) Overall, this book represents a valuable contribution the literature on understanding the meaning of work in our lives. ( PsycCRITIQUES , 05/28/08) "The questions are though-provoking; the responses, profound. Of highest interest is the tool kit that the GoodWork Project has developed." ( Nonfiction Philosophy and Psychology ) "The book is well researched and makes for interesting reading that administrators and teachers could all benefit from." ( The School Administrator , 04/2008) "This book appeals to a wide audience as an array of informative and skillfully written insights into the responsibilities, meaning, and ethics of work." ( NACADA , 03/11/08) "Responsibility at work provides strategies for cultivating responsibility in those at work and those who may enter the profession." ( Ad-Hoc-News , 10/17/2007) Gardner's book mentioned in an article - " my favorite chapter is 'Creativity and Responsibility'..." ( Daily Herald , 09/12/2007)
EAN: 9780787994754
ISBN: 0787994758
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2007
Seitenanzahl: 348 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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