by Peter Block
This revolutionary book redefines what being "value added" means in an organization. Block turns around the traditional thinking about who works for whom. Organizations that practice stewardship, Block explains, will succeed in their marketplace by choosing service over self-interest at every point and by a far-reaching distribution of power, privilege and wealth. Without this, little real change will result. And individuals who see themselves as stewards will hold themselves accountable to those over whom they exercise power. They will choose to surrender the need to control and take care of others.
Block calls for a whole new way of thinking about the workplace-and then takes the reader through very tangible steps for getting there. He demonstrates how applying the concept of stewardship will radically change all areas of organizational governance, from individual management practices to financial and human resource systems. The result that he depicts will be replacing self-interest, dependency, and control with service, responsibility and partnership.