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

Howard Gardner

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.

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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Publish Date: 07/31/2007
Pages: 348
ISBN-13: 9780787994754
ISBN-10: 0787994758
Language: English

What We're Saying

January 15, 2008

The day has finally arrived. After careful consideration, the winners have been determined for our first annual Business Book Awards. Nearly 300 titles were submitted which were then critiqued and reviewed by our editorial staff. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

October 24, 2011

Doing the Right Thing

By Sally Haldorson

In 2007, we chose a book called Responsibility at Work as the winner of the Personal Development category for that year's Business Book of the Year Awards. It was the first time I'd been exposed to Howard Gardner's work--he is prolific*, so the book we featured was only a small part of his overall catalog--, and I became quite interested in his Theory of Multiple Intelligences. I don't recall if I've ever taken an official IQ test but I can tell you I wouldn't have done well on it. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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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 GoodWork(R) 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.

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