Mindfulness & Right Livelihood Dialogue, Critical Thinking, & Self-Reflection

Mindfulness and Right Livelihood "We rush too much with nervous hands and worried minds. We are impatient for results. What we need . . . is reinforcement of the soul by the invisible power waiting to be used." Henry Ford Henry Ford is the ultimate icon of the twins genius and demon. His was a fabulous commercial success and he had a high level of concern for the welfare of his employees. Yet his factories…

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Internet Bookselling Made Easy (Book Review)

INTERNET BOOKSELLING MADE EASY!: How to Earn a Living Selling Used Books Online By Joe Waynick (Small Business Press, 2011).Reviewed by Claude Whitmyer, 2011. INTERNET BOOKSELLING - The Website At first glance, when visiting Joe Waynick's InternetBookselling.Com site it looks somewhat like all those "get rich quick on the Internet" scams that are so prevalent these days. Don't let that first impression put you off. Click on the links and you'll find out just how…

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In My Own Way (Book Review)

A Book Review IN MY OWN WAY: An autobiography 1915-1965 by Alan Wats (New World Library, 2007, Second Edition, 385 pp. with index, ISBN:10-1-57731-584-7). Reviewed by Claude Whitmyer for AHP Perspectives. "The reason…I became a philosopher is that ever since I was a little boy I always felt that existence as such was weird! I mean, here we are. Isn’t that odd!" Alan Watts Alan Watts is, arguably, the most influential philosopher of the 20th…

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Success Without College (Book Review)

A Book Review SUCCESS WITHOUT COLLEGE: Why Your Child May Not Have to Go to College Right Now—and May Not Have to Go at All by Linda Lee. (Broadway Books, 2000).. Reviewed by Claude Whitmyer for AHP Perspective . College is a class issue. Think about it. What if your child decided not to go to college? How would that make you feel? What are your beliefs about life without a college degree? What would…

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22 Keys to a Meaningful Workplace (Book Review)

A Book Review 22 KEYS TO CREATING A MEANINGFUL WORKPLACE: Purpose, Direction, Relevance, Dialogue, Fit, Relationship-building, Respect, Invention, Personal, Acknowledgement, Challenge, Validation, Support, Development, Informality, Flexibility, Ownership, Equality, Oneness, Self-identity, Worth, ServiceBy Tom Terez (Adams Media, 2000).Reviewed by Claude Whitmyer for the Association for Humanistic Psychology's newsletter AHP Perspective.What makes a space sacred? Is it the artifacts? The rituals performed there? Charismatic leaders? Followers with deep faith? Perhaps it can it be summed up as…

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Job Shift (Book Review)

A Book Review JOB SHIFT: How to Prosper in A Workplace Without Jobs. By William Bridges. (Addison-Wesley, 1994, 256 pp, bibliography, index, ISBN 0-201-48933-3). Reviewed by Claude Whitmyer for AHP Perspective. A slightly revised version of this review was published in the Journal of Management Consulting, Vol. 9, No. 3, May 1997.Here's a book to make you sit up and pay attention. The job as we know it is dead, and William Bridges makes a…

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The Warrior (Audio Review)

A Book Review THE WARRIOR: Living the Fourfold Way,. by Angeles Arrien. (Wisdom Circles CD series, 1996.) Reviewed by Claude Whitmyer for AHP Perspective. Show up. Pay attention to what has heart and meaning. Tell the truth without blame or judgment. Be open yet unattached to outcome. These are the challenges laid at our feet by anthropologist and organizational consultant Angeles Arrien in her book The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher,…

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Instructions to the Cook (Book Review)

A Book Review By Claude Whitmyer INSTRUCTIONS TO THE COOK: A Zen Master's Lessons in Living a Life that Matters, by Bernard Glassman & Rick Fields (Bell Tower/Crown, 1996). Reviewed by Claude Whitmyer for Shambhala Sun, April 1996. The Ch'an/Zen tradition has a long history of teaching stories that center on the cook. From the Taoist tale of Prince Wen Hui's cook in The Inner Chapters of Chuang Tsu to the koan about Guishan kicking…

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Merchants of Vision (Book Review)

A Book Review MERCHANTS OF VISION: People Bringing New Purpose and Values to Business. Edited by James E. Liebig. (Berrett-Koehler, 1994, 252pp, bibliography, index, ISBN 1-881052-42-7). Reviewed by Claude Whitmyer for AHP Perspective and the Journal of Management Consulting.Moving into the 21st century won't be easy, but the business pioneers of the last two decades have been paving the way. What they have discovered is an essentially different way of doing business, a kind of…

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The Republic of Tea (Book Review)

A Book Review THE REPUBLIC OF TEA: Letters To A Young Zentrepreneur, by Mel Ziegler, Bill Rosenzweig, and Patricia Ziegler. (Currency Doubleday, 1992, 316 pp, ISBN 0-385-42056-0). Reviewed by Claude Whitmyer for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Spring 1992. Traditionally, best-selling business books rely heavily on warfare metaphors. From The Business Secrets of Attila the Hun to Waging Business Warfare: Lessons from the Military Masters in Achieving Corporate Superiority, the message is clear: business is the…

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