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The Map of Meaningful Work (2e)


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Chapter 1: Introduction and overview Chapter 2: What is the Map of Meaning and How was it Created? Part 1: Taking personal responsibility for meaningful workChapter 3: Talking about meaning at the most accessible levelChapter 4: Balancing different dimensions of meaningChapter 5: Taking responsibility between Inspiration and RealityPart 2: Where meaning meets organisationChapter 6: Taking responsibility between Inspiration and Reality in contemporary organisationsChapter 7: Meaning as the driver for integrated organisational systemsChapter 8: Speaking to meaning: Bottom up changeChapter 9: Meaningful work at the foundation of the responsibility revolutionAppendices

About the Author

Marjolein Lips-Wiersma is Professor of Ethics and Sustainability Leadership at the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. She has been a board director, chair of the Management, Spirituality and Religion group of the Academy of Management, and regularly works with individuals, groups and organisations to create meaningful work practices.Lani Morris has over 30 years' experience of working as an independent organisational behaviour practitioner with organisations and individuals in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom and as a visiting lecturer at a number of universities and tertiary institutions. She has a BA in the humanities, and an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath.


"When we are lost we become desperate for guidance. Today we are all lost. In this thoughtful volume, the authors give us a precious gift, a map to meaning. It is a gift to be cherished". Robert E. Quinn, Author of Building the Bridge as You Walk on it + Deep Change, Professor of Positive Psychology Michigan UniversityPraise for the previous edition"I read this book and did all the exercises in it. The book contains an indispensable tool to keep us whole. It will save us from burnout; it will save us from cynicism. It's totally non-judgemental. It's like a key that unlocks all that is important to us as human beings. As a consultant working in developed and developing countries, this framework gives me a simple way to profoundly engage with people across cultures. I can see for the first time not only myself but the context in which I live my life."Kerry McGovern, Public Sector Asset, Governance and Financial Management Specialist, K McGovern & Associates, Australia"Lips-Wiersma and Morris bring the meaning we make of life to a whole new level of understanding in their book, The Map of Meaning. They offer their holistic developmental model as an analytical and practical tool for engaging different pathways of meaning-making in our work and in our lives more generally. The book is overflowing with useful advice and examples of how to engage the model as a means for fostering individual and collective growth, learning and re-becoming whole."Jane E. Dutton, Robert L. Kahn University Professor of Business Administration and Psychology, University of Michigan"I read this book with great delight. It is an important book, as it helps people orientate their career and work life balance in line with their values and beliefs. It is a rigorous book, thoroughly researched and evidence-based, tried out and tested in various organisational sectors, in different countries and with a range of professions. It is also a dangerous book, as it confronts readers with their inner most sense of being and challenges them to an intimate conversation with their self. The human resource professional who wishes to work with human beings, rather than with human resources, will find in this book a useful and easily accessible tool, with numerous illustrations, to help people on their career journeys inside and outside work. It is very well written and deserves a good reception. Highly recommended."Yochanan Altman, Senior Professor, Bordeaux School of Management; Research Professor, London Metropolitan University; Visiting Professor, Sorbonne Universities (Pantheon-Assas); Founding Editor, Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion; European Edi

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