The book has some good points - I appreciate Block's ideas of choosing stewardship over self-interest, personal accountability, and building community. In explaining responsibility, Peel writes, Although God gives us “all … He slams the patriarchal approach where all of the power and judgement resides in the upper sections of a corporation or public entity. This is the "idealistic" perspective. Block's intentions in Stewardship are good, to provide a method for organizations to choose service over self-interest, but I found his assumptions remarkably narrow-minded. (p. 241). May 20th 2013 Mariah Carey Is Telling Her Own Story (and Recommending Books). Learn more about the program. The result is that they stifle initiative and spirit and alienate people from the work they do. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. 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May 20, 2013 And, thanks to the author, I do look at stewardship differently now. While this type of employee would be ideal, there are many, many people who value their time outside the office more importantly and want to leave managers to manage and supervisors to supervise. Unfortunately, what I found was the presentation of a very different concept that regularly seemed to redefine previously familiar terms. And he offers tactical advice as well on gearing up to implement these reforms. I purchase this to read for a class in my master's​ program in organizational leadership. I took a million years to read this book because it was really “business-y” and I felt like I had to weed through some organizational language that didn’t resonate with me. Stewardship Principle #2: We are God’s stewards, managing His resources for His benefit. Something went wrong. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Every ‘yes but’ I raised is countered with examples, metaphors, skillful explanation, case studies, quotes, practical suggestions, and Peter’s trademark creativity and faith in our ability to do the right thing for the common good.” —Anne J. Udall, Trustee, American Leadership Forum (ALF); former Director, Charlotte Region Chapter, ALF; and Vice Chair, Udall Foundation “Like Robert Greenleaf before him, Peter Block’s voice is that of a contemporary prophet. Their job is to make it possible for the work force to accomplish its mission. It is time for our organizations to rethink how they exercise power and control. SUMMARY OF CONTENTS The book is based on Block’s over 25 years of organizational consulting experience and includes a dramatized case study. The Six Minute Book Summary of Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest by Peter Block This book summary and review of Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest was prepared by Farrah Laciura while a Human Resource Management student in the College of Business at Southeastern Louisiana University. Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2013. Life changing. Peter Block insists that what is required is a dramatic shift in how we distribute power, privilege, and the control of money. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. just what today's management should be reading. This in the face of an increasing need to find ways to be responsive to customers and the wider community. Peter’s unique ability to pinpoint the true source of power and confront the reader in a way that cuts through defenses makes reading Stewardship a true learning and growth experience.” —Cliff Bolster, Leadership and Learning Consultant, Bolster & Associates, Inc. “Peter Block is one of the most provocative and iconoclastic thinkers we have on the topics of leadership, business, and organizational design. Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others . A very different perspective on business interactions. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. If you have any interest in learning more about servant leadership and stewardship this book is for you. This is an excellent book and has proved helpful for my studies. Fascinating book! Refresh and try again. As usual, Peter Block points us in the direction of our better selves, living out a better future.” —Sayra Pinto, Principal, Matriz Coaching & Consulting “This is one of those very rare anomalies: a second edition that is more essential and timely than the first. It is divided into three parts. Block helps us see our own complicity and interconnectedness with all that goes on around us and, with this updated edition, will help a new generation learn that the way to find meaning and purpose in life is to form partnerships for the common good, empower each other through human understanding, and together, build competent societies.” —Frances Strickland, PhD, President, Smith Educational Enterprises, Foreword by Steven Piersanti Welcome Introduction to the Second Edition: What Has Changed? Who else has sold more than 200 million... To see what your friends thought of this book, Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest. (Revised), Discover Book Picks from the CEO of Penguin Random House US. Excellent book about selflessness. In the twenty years I have been engaged in collaborative leadership programs, Peter has been a go-to author for challenging the theory and practice of leadership. Stewards don’t own what is entrusted into their care; they simply manage it on behalf of the owner. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Peter Block calls for a radical redistribution of power and resources while underscoring the values of impact and purpose, above profits. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. Stewardship: Choosing Service over Self-Interest, The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex, The Answer to How Is Yes: Acting on What Matters, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't, The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work, and Ministry in Biblical Perspective, Ministry and Money: A Practical Guide for Pastors, “An original and profound new view on how to run organizations…Block transcends all extant leadership literature.”. Overall I was disappointed. If only more managers and leaders from every sector took note and practiced the principles of Stewardship—productivity would rise, people would be healthier, local community life would be flourishing, and the spirit of democracy would be enlivened worldwide. Peter always challenges my thinking and offers a perspective that I have never found elsewhere. Trauma Stewardship book. I’ve found myself quoting this book in numerous occasions now. Welcome back. Many of us might fear the same fate. “Stewardship,” he writes, “means giving people at the bottom and the boundaries of the organization choice over how to serve a customer, a citizen, a community. Stewardship explains how to integrate the management of work and the doing of work to redistribute purpose and power within an organization. It’s a Digital World What Is Good for Business Is Good for the World Side Effects Goods We Can Build Upon PART I TRADING YOUR KINGDOM FOR A HORSE 1 Replacing Leadership with Stewardship Something more is required The essence of Stewardship Choosing Partners Choosing Empowerment Choosing Service We Don’t Act on What We Know The Leadership Question The Underbelly of Leadership The Stewardship Answer Three Organizational Challenges 2 Choosing Partnership over Patriarchy Creating Order Distributing Ownership and Responsibility Partnership as the Alternative Balancing Power Four Requirements of Partnership 3 Choosing Adventure over Safety The Wish for Safety Entitlement Is Empowerment Run Aground Choosing Empowerment Stewardship Begins at Home 4 Choosing Service over Self-Interest A Model of Stewardship Teaching Revolution to the Ruling Class The Realm of Management Rank without Privilege Connecting the Heart and the Wallet The Point PART II THE REDISTRIBUTION OF POWER, PURPOSE, AND WEALTH A Case Study: Sometime Later in the Week 5 Defining the Stewardship Contract Principles for the Practice The Stewardship Contract Life in the Balance 6 Upsetting Expectations: The Emotional Work of Stewardship The Trail Is Inside Out Facing the Wish for Dependency and Dominance Freedom’s Just Another Word for Escape from Freedom Unstated Emotional Wants: Breaking the Pattern Just Say No I want my mentor 7 Redesigning Management Practices and Structures Full Disclosure Management Practices Changing Basic Architecture Boss as Banker and Broker 8 Rethinking the Role of Staff Functions In the Service of Top Management Police and Conscience to the Line Mandated Supplier Mandated Services Offering Choice and Building Capability Service Guarantee 9 Financial Practices: Creating Accountability with Self-Control The Money Is about control Building Widespread Financial Stewardship Living within the Law 10 Human Resources: Ending the Practice of Paternalism Institutional Caretaker A New Purpose and Role The Structure of Human Resources Human Resource Practices That Support Stewardship 11 Compensation and Performance Evaluation: Overturning the Class System The Divine Right of Kings Pay Reinforces Class Distinctions Performance Not for Sale Rank Individualism Confusing Boss Evaluations with Performance Pay for Empire Reward Systems That Support Stewardship The End of Caretaking PART III THE TRIUMPH OF HOPE OVER EXPERIENCE 12 Cosmetic Reform: When the Disease Becomes the Cure nothing is next The Open Office Patriarchy Recreating Itself 13 Recreating Our Organization through Stewardship Stewardship Strategy for Political Reform Steps toward Political Reform A Case Study Continued: The Answer to the Power Company Story, “Sometime Later in the Week” 14 Cynics, Victims and Bystanders The Power of the Cynic Rescuing the Victim Facts Won’t Help Treating Caution as a Choice 15 The Answer to “How?” How“How?” Is a Defense 16 Stewardship for the Common Good The Business Perspective The Point References Index Designed Learning The Author The Artist, Sign up for news about books, authors, and more from Penguin Random House, Visit other sites in the Penguin Random House Network. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. The idea of treating others with respect, as pe I read this book as part of the Goodreads review program. It serves as a powerful source of hope and encouragement for servant-leaders everywhere.” —Larry C. Spears, coauthor of Insights on Leadership, The Spirit of Servant-Leadership, and Fortuitous Encounters “Over the past forty years, through Stewardship and other seminal works, Peter Block has articulated the course required for effective leadership in the 21st century. Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2016.