The Seven Arts of Change: Leading Business Transformation that Lasts

David Shaner. Sterling/Union Square, $17.95 (184p) ISBN 978-1-4027-6784-5
Shaner, a professor of philosophy and Asian studies and an Aikido master, has a compelling strategy for transforming companies from the top down. His first book intriguingly mixes Eastern philosophies with Shaner's experience as a business consultant for two years at Fortune 500 companies. He examines the seven arts of change–preparation, compassion, responsibility, relaxation, conscious action, working naturally, and service—and what they entail. Using examples from companies he's worked with, like Duracell and Ryobi Motor Products Corporation, the author illustrates how spiritual thinking can improve efficiency, and how the seven arts can revitalize a company. His advice is not only for companies, but for the individuals within the companies, the true catalysts of change. As Shaner writes, "Everyone thinks of changing the company, but no one thinks that means changing himself." Luckily, Shaner shows us what such change requires. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 03/28/2011
Release date: 11/01/2010
Genre: Nonfiction
Ebook - 184 pages - 978-1-4027-8397-5
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