Fearless at Work: Timeless Teachings for Awakening Confidence, Resilience, and Creativity in the Face of Life's Demands

Michael Carroll

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.