Shambhala, November 2012
Work is such a crucial part of our life, and yet we often struggle
with -- and feel powerless around -- the numerous challenges it
presents. Whether it's job insecurity, making peace with or
leaving an unfulfilling job, or dealing with office conflicts, we
often experience fear and a sense of groundlessness just at a time
when we want to be our most creative and resilient. Drawing on
Buddhist philosophy, Michael Carroll, a longtime human-resources
executive, meditation teacher, and executive coach, explains how
the practice of mindfulness -- full awareness of our
moment-to-moment experience -- can help us become more confident
and open to possibility in our work life. With examples drawn from
his life and his work with others, Carroll offers potent,
inspiring slogans to help us work with our insecurities and awaken
our natural bravery, resourcefulness, and resilience.
Topics include: appreciating the moment, staying grounded in the midst of chaos, reacting to the unexpected with humor and equanimity, allowing for spontaneity, taking risks, staying true to yourself, and many more.
Full of engaging stories, Fearless at Work will help people discover their innate intelligence, bravery, and joy on the job.
Paperback | ISBN: 9781590309148 | Publication Date: November 2012
"Michael Carroll's "Fearless at Work" is a valuable book for our
time. It is an infusion of intelligence and deep sanity into a
subject that, for many, has become a daily experience of relative
madness. Michael seems to effortlessly harmonize his mature
understanding of Buddhist teachings and practice with the everyday
- and very real - challenges of life and livelihood. His message
is provocative and serious, yet light-hearted, in the lively
teaching style of his teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Michael's
many years of study and deep experience in both Buddhist practice
and the workplace come shining forth in these pages."
-- Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei, Abbot, Fire Lotus Temple, Zen Center of New York City
"Michael Carroll is among the wisest, sharpest, and most skillful
individuals I have ever known. Utterly trustworthy, profound, and
pragmatic, this new book expresses in beautiful language how to
use Buddhist principles to transform our work life into a source
of confidence, goodness, and happiness."
-- Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart
"Michael Carroll helps me to be aware not only of what I'm doing
at work but also how I am doing it -- and most importantly, how I
am in the midst of it all. Approaching livelihood with this kind
of awareness is exactly what we need in the modern day workplace
because, as Fearless at Work makes clear, being
delightfully courageous in what we do makes all the difference."
-- Barry Boyce, Editor-in-Chief, Mindful
"Neuroscience continues to show how mindfulness awareness practice
promotes health and well-being and as a long-time Buddhist
practitioner and former executive, Michael shows us a path for
rediscovering our natural fearlessness and for learning to trust
our true being. Fearless at Work can make a big difference
in your work and life."
-- Yi-Yuan Tang, PhD., Director of Texas Tech University Neuroimaging Institute; Presidential Endowed Chair in Neuroscience
"Fearless at Work tackles the challenge of spiritual
development in an extraordinary setting -- the workplace -- while
focusing on the greatest disabler in that domain: fear. The book
offers valuable guidance for developing a personal meditative
practice in order to be fully present for the people we serve as
leaders and colleagues, so vital in these times of dramatic change
in our shared global workplace. Fearless at Work is a
hugely valuable guide for spiritual practitioners at work!"
-- Richard Bowles, PhD., Former Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Merck & Co.