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I found Peter Block's ideas fascinating. Peter Block is an experienced consultant with some revolutionary ideas about how business and government should be run. In this book he talks about service, community, empowerment, responsibility and accountability. He shows how work and family life can be more fulfilling and rewarding for all of us if we can change our thinking on how business is structured. Critics may think he's too idealistic, too radical, too impractical, but the interviews at the end of the audiobook show how these ideas are being successfully implemented in three different organizations, a school district, a police department, and at Harley Davidson. Margaret Wheatley, author of "A Simpler Way" and "Leadership and the New Science", both available at Audible, was also interviewed.
Change is difficult and those in power now will probably have the most trouble accepting these ideas. But these ideas can transform us and society, and they should be embraced by all.
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Block presents the concept of stewardship as a new form of leadership or governance that places service ahead of self-interest and creates partnership rather than dependency. It takes the idea of empowerment presented in his earlier book, The Empowered Manager, to a whole new level. Block is constantly contrasting traditional leadership with the model of stewardship with phrases like "service over self-interest," "patriarchy vs. partnership," and "dependency vs. empowerment," to name a few. The main idea is that commitment to the larger community or organization is what creates effective organizational systems, and we inspire that commitment by allowing those involved to create the vision
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