Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest

Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest Review

Service, Accountability, and Partnership

Stewardship was provocative, even revolutionary, when it was first published in 1993, and it remains every bit as relevant and radical today. Most organizations still rely on patriarchy and hierarchy as their core form of governance, stifling initiative and spirit and alienating people from the work they do. Peter Block asserts that a fundamental shift in how we distribute power, privilege, and the control of money can transform every part of an organization for the better, and he examines the nitty-gritty of implementing these reforms.

This revised and expanded edition includes a new introduction by Block addressing what has and hasn’t changed since the first edition and a new chapter on applying stewardship to the common good of the wider community. This visionary yet pragmatic book is sure to open your mind and change the way you do your job forever.

Title:Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Becky Robinson

    This challenging and thought-provoking book provides a unique and counter-culture perspective about how organizations can be run for the good of the community. It promotes the idea of treating employe...

  • Maryanne Henderson

    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. The ideals of his stewards...

  • Allen Jr.

    The concept of stewardship--by which I mean one's responsible use of talents, abilities, opportunities, relationships, and obligations--is one that is very significant to me. I was excited to find a b...

  • Ashley Bailey

    I read this book as part of the Goodreads review program. The book is mainly geared toward those who are running a business, or intend to own/operate a business. In some areas I was pretty bored, and ...

  • Andrew

    Block makes an argument for a democratic form of business governance. He slams the patriarchal approach where all of the power and judgement resides in the upper sections of a corporation or public en...

  • Tom Behr)

    Peter is incorrigibly idealistic and rigorously practical at the same time. This is the "idealistic" perspective. If individuals and companies actually acted like this, we'd have better, stronger busi...

  • Casey

    Management books are almost invariably awful. This is much more than a management book and much better than awful....

  • Clivemichael

    Inspiring examination of partnership strategies. An excellent guide to creating positive outcomes, applied to whatever structure one is working in or with....

  • Alejandro Teruel

    Recently I came across and read the first 1993 edition of this book. It is divided into three parts.The first part, Trading your Kingdom for a Horse , is a diagnosis of the present ills of most organi...

  • Sue

    Excellent book about selflessness. Teaches you a lot about entitlement, about bring focused on the goals of an organization and not yourself. Life changing. A must read for all leaders in any organiza...