March 10, 2001

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects - Whistle While You Work

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 10:08 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Whistle While You Work: Heeding your Lifes Calling by Richard Leider and David Shapiro, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 140 Pages, $15.95 Paperback, March 2001, ISBN 1576751031
The authors previous book, Repacking Your Bags, was an extremely influential book in my life. It came out at a time that I needed what the authors were talking about. Then I had the honor of having Dick Leider speak at one of the bookstores and then we went to have ribs. Over ribs and beer Dick and I had one of those special evenings. When I heard about his new book, I was very excited.
As the subtitle suggests this is a book about heeding your calling. The authors spent quite a bit of time explaining what a calling is. They explain the four guiding principles of a calling. They are 1 The call comes from a caller The authors explain that the calling comes from a Source that is much larger and more powerful than we are. They explain that heeding the call requires effort on our part. We must listen. 2 The Call keeps calling They say that we move from jobs which pay bills, to careers which help us grow, to callings which give us meaning. 3 The Call is personal The authors illustrate that our calling is our embedded destiny, it is uniquely ours like a signature or fingerprint. 4 The Call is long-distance This is the principle that I have been growing to understand and really appreciate. I quote Its paradoxical but true: we are more likely to receive the satisfaction and fulfillment we seek when we enable others to achieve the satisfaction and fulfillment they seek. For all of you regular readers of JCS, you will remember a book I talked about called Achieving Success with Social Capital. The authors used some of these beliefs to build a social network.