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The Answer to How is Yes: Acting on What Matters

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by Peter Block

Modern culture's worship of "how-to" pragmatism has turned us into instruments of efficiency and commerce - but we're doing more and more about things that mean less and less. We constantly ask how? but rarely why? we use how as a defense -- instead of acting on what we know to be of importance, we wait until we've attended one more workshop, read one more book, gotten one more degree. Asking how keeps us safe--instead of being led by our hearts into uncharted territory, we keep our heads down and stick to the map. But we are gaining the world and losing our souls.

In "The Answer to How is Yes," Block places the "how-to" craze in perspective and presents a guide to the difficult and life-granting journey of bringing what we know is of personal value into an indifferent or even hostile corporate and cultural landscape. He raises our awareness of the tradeoffs we've made in the name of practicality and expediency, and offers hope for a way of life in which we're motivated not by what "works," but by the things that truly matter in life -- idealism, relationship, intimacy, and engagement.

In his classic book "Stewardship," Block showed how to free our organizations from stifling, control-obsessed bureaucracy and redesign them so that they are governed by the ideals of service, responsibility, accountability, and meaning. In "The Answer To How Is Yes," Block helps us to realize similar ideals in our individual lives. Block offers a new way of thinking about our actions that helps free us from being controlled by the bombardment of messages about how we should live and act. He inspires us to say yes to our ideals and aspirations.

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