Block, Peter. (1996). Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest.
San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers. ISBN: 881052-86-9
Editorial reviews from amazon.com.
Robert H. Waterman, Jr., author of The Renewal Factor and coauthor of
In Search of Excellence
"Stewardship is visionary, hopeful, and practical. Block calls for a whole new way of thinking about the workplace-and then takes the reader through very tangible steps for getting there."
Edward L. Glotzbach, Vice President, Customer Services, Midwest, Southwestern
"A revolutionary book that redefines what being 'value added' means in an organization and turns around the traditional thinking about who works for whom."
Morley A. Winograd, Sales Vice President, Western Region, AT&T
"Stewardship challenges all managers and leaders of organizations to change their fundamental approach and beliefs about how to do their job. And it provides a clear path for action for those who accept the challenge."
In this revolutionary book, Peter Block shows how a far-reaching redistribution of power, privilege, and wealth will radically change all areas of organizational governance, and shows why this is our best hope to enable democracy to thrive, our spiritual and ethical values to be lived out, and economic success to be sustained.
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 redistribution of power, privilege, and wealth. Without this, little real change will result.
Stewardship explains how to integrate the management of work and the doing of work, to redistribute purpose and power within an organization. It speaks about how this can affect work flow, quality control, performance appraisal, pay systems, supervisory methods, job design, and human resources.
Managers who are dissatisfied with the superficial changes resulting from currently popular programs, will learn how to achieve lasting, broad-based improvements in their organizations.
Goes beyond the spirit of empowerment to discuss the benefits of companies that offer equity and partnership for its employees at all levels, discussing what stewardship means, management accountability, quality control, and human resources. Reprint. 30,000 first printing. $40,000 ad/promo.