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  • Jan 13, 2000
This is the book for you, if you feel like you are losing your soul in the midst of the dark Corporate wood. If you've ever been asked to fire someone who was doing a good job, or if your knee-jerk response to your boss is 'yes' and that still bothers you, read 'The Heart Aroused'. If you agree with, "Work almost always becomes a platform for self-righteous moralizing. So much is at stake...", read 'The Heart Aroused'. If you have inspirational posters from Hallmark or the Franklin Planner folks on your office walls, it's probably too late to read this book. I'm sorry, but you've already lost your soul.

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The call for increased creativity in the workplace brings with it a concomitant challenge: how will the world of cool professionalism stand up to the inevitable heat and volatility that accompanies people's emotional and spiritual lives? It is problematic to assume, poet David Whyte explains, that you can ask people to create and also to behave.The Heart Arousedexplores these and related issues in an inspiring, grounded, thought-provoking way, and is the best nonverse book by a poet since Robert Bly'sIron John. Interwoven with carefully selected poems to illustrate Whyte's points,The Heart Arousedis necessary reading for any professional who secretly harbors a poet's soul.
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ISBN-10: 0385484186
ISBN-13: 978-0385484183
Author: David Whyte
Publisher: Crown Business
Date Published: June 1996
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