Getting down to business
Here are recommendations for reading on the issue of service in the workplace from some of the leading thinkers:
* Robert K. Greenleaf — Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness (1983); On Becoming a Servant Leader (1996).
* Max DePree — Leadership Is an Art (1990); Leadership Jazz (1992); Leading Without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community (1997).
* William A. Guillory — The Living Organization: Spirituality in the Workplace (1997).
* Laurie Beth Jones — Jesus CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership (1995).
* James A. Autry — Love and Profit: The Art of Caring Leadership (1992).
The Labor Day weekend is summer's last stand.
We tend to forget that though Labor Day is a holiday — celebrated with
one last picnic or trip to the lake — it is related to work.
In that tradition, I suggest spending a few minutes to reflect on how we integrate spiritual life with work life. Consider these questions:
* Do I/we perform our work in a spirit of service to others — customers, employees, investors, constituents?
* Do I/we only take care of our own — department, team, cost center?
* Are my chief motivations money and status?
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