Nicholas W. Weiler, in collaboration
with Stephen C. Schoonover, M.D.
"Filled with practical,
researched advice that is simultaneously both spiritual
and profoundly down to earth." -M. Scott Peck, M.D.,
author of The Road Less Traveled
Career planning as if your soul mattered.
For career purposes, we define soul as the inner me - the
center of my being. It's that part of me that knows my deepest
needs and aspirations and that's the source of my energy.
Our Taking Charge process is designed to help people bring
their souls to work so they can become happier, more fulfilled
and even more productive on the job.
If you are like most people, you've had to struggle to reconcile
your personal values and spiritual growth with the realities
of the work world.
If you've worked for a large company, you've probably experienced
career planning, leadership development, and other programs
intended to help people find their way in the organization.
If you're lucky, you may have actually had the opportunity
to measure your own abilities against competency models for
various positions to see how well you might fit.
However well-intended these programs may be, most such programs
take as their starting point the needs of the company, not
you. They work from the outside in, not the inside out.
Working from the inside.
When I was a Human Resources manager at GE, I had
the opportunity to try a different approach to career development,
one that begins with the individual's innermost values. GE
is recognized as one of the largest and most successful
companies in the world. It is also celebrated for its
progressive management techniques.
With the help of Steve Schoonover, my co-author, we studied
successful people and observed what really set them
apart. Over a period of several years, we built a process
we called "Taking Charge" that helped people become
the directors of their own work lives by helping them work
from their souls, their spiritual centers.
The people who went through this program became so successful
that GE replicated it in their various divisions around the
world. Many of these people point to the experience today
as a life-changing event.
With Your Soul at Work, we make this spiritually based
career and life planning program available to everyone who
reads the book.