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

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 8/17/2007
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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Filled with original essays by Howard Gardner, William Damon, Mihaly Csikszenthmihalyi, and Jeanne Nakamura and based on a large-scale research project, the GoodWorkr Project, Responsibility at Work reflects the information gleaned from in-depth interviews with more than 1,200 people from nine different professions-journalism, genetics, theatre, higher education, philanthropy, law, medicine, business, and pre-collegiate education. The book reveals how motivation, culture, and professional norms can intersect to produce work that is personally, socially, and economically beneficial. At the heart of the study is the revelation that the key to good work is responsilibilty-taking ownership for one's work and its wider impact.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Who is responsible for good work?
Powerful Models of Responsibility
Taking ultimate responsibility
The ability to respond
Creativity and responsibility
A call to serve: An exploration of humane creators
Factors that Modulate Responsibility
A balancing act: How physicians and teachers manage time pressures and responsibility
Placing God before me: Spirituality and responsibility at work
Responsibility and leadership
Service at Work
Beyond the gender stereotype: Responsibilities to self and others
Control and responsibility: A Danish perspective on leadership
The Limits of Responsibility
Constraining responsibility: Choices and compromises
Irresponsible Work
Toward Greater Responsibility
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