Choosing Service with Peter Block

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Peter Block is an author, consultant and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. His work is about chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of community. Peter challenges us to get back to the basics of community that will transform how you see your life and purpose.

Peter Block

Peter Block is an author, consultant and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. His work is about chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of community.

Peter is the author of several best-selling books. The most widely known being Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest and The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work.

The books are about ways to create workplaces and communities that work for all. They offer an alternative to the patriarchal beliefs that dominate our culture. His work is to bring change into the world through consent and connectedness rather than through mandate and force.

Peter serves on the Board of Directors LivePerson, a provider of online engagement solutions, and the Cincinnati Access Fund; he also serves on his local neighborhood council. He is director emeritus of Elementz, an urban arts center in Cincinnati and is on the Advisory Board for the Festival in the Workplace Institute, Bahamas. He was the first Distinguished Consultant-in-Residence at Xavier University. With other volunteers in Cincinnati, Peter began A Small Group, whose work is to create a new community narrative and to bring his work on civic engagement into being.

What We Discuss in this Episode:

  • Our consumer culture has taught us that we don’t need our community.
  • Executives have a deeper purpose than building the bottom line. It’s acting in service to others and their community.
  • We are more than customers or age demographics. It’s time to get together with people and talk about what we care about in our communities and make something we can all be proud of.
  • Social capital in independent from social class. Social capital means we trust each other, we welcome strangers, and we’re all engaged in the community we want to live in.   
  • Our paradigm of leadership is that we are subjects and leaders are the rulers. The truth is, we are partners, and we are active participants in creating our own well-being.
  • High performing teams aren’t super smart. They simply trust each other.

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