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The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul at Work [Paperback]

David Whyte
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Spiro Press (26 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185835885X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858358857
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a volume which brings together poetry and corporate issues - business with a philosophical flair. The author uses writing from an international collection of poets to help workers put their daily tasks into a more human perspective, encouraging a happier and more productive workforce.

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I love hearing from readers and anyone interested in me and my ideas. You can email me at: navcom@arthurbattram.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
With little previous experience of poetry I found David Whyte's writing style captivating. His linking poetry to life's experience is magical and he has an uncanny understanding of the many challenges faced in today's business environment. Following my corporate experience and my belief that we are somehow losing site of what really matters, I found this book an inspiration and yes my heart has been aroused.

Although written several years ago and aimed at the United States business sector I found the concepts very appropriate to our current UK corporate environment with it's constant demands and seemingly impossible expectations. The message for me is that perhaps it is time that we start to make the choices that will allow us to better manage the balance between our work and personal lives in order to achieve true fulfilment.

I am sure `The Heart Aroused' would be useful to anyone wanting to explore and understand the deep set feelings and beliefs that modern society encourages us to hide and suppress during our formative years.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I think this book is great to read if you are new to Complexity Theory. My tutor suggested I read this book for my thesis, and I found it to be the ideal starting point. It uses some really useful quotes and metaphors to illustrate. Although you may have to read the first chapter a couple of times to grasp the concept of Complexity, the way the book is written is much easier to read compared to other books on Complexity.
This book gives a nice all-round picture and you can decide on the stuff you would like to learn more about further through other books, unfortunately there is not enough detail in certain parts - but I guess that is to be expected as this book has a wide scope.
Overall I would recommend it as a resonably priced and well written piece of work, which can be referred to again and again for clarification and quotes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A first class introduction to complexity theory 29 Jan 2001
Format:Hardcover
Artur Battram's Navigating Complexity gives a first class introduction to Compexity theory and is a valuable read for anyone interested in interactions between people, organisations or any systems at all.
The book goes into the language and thinking behind Complexity such as:
Complex adaptive systems Memes Possibility space Fitness landscape Autopoiesis
All of which I now understand. The book is written in a very readible way - with links to all related topics extremely visible - the references are also very useful if you want to explore a topic further.
The ideas in the book are described not as academic but more as common sense - several times while reading Navigating Complexity it helped me put 2 and 2 together and actually get 4.
The book finishes with some very useful advice on what to do now if your appetite for complexity has been wetted - Mine has - roll on Engaging Complexity.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A first class introduction to complexity theory 29 Jan 2001
Format:Hardcover
Artur Battram's Navigating Complexity gives a first class introduction to Compexity theory and is a valuable read for anyone interested in interactions between people, organisations or any systems at all.
The book goes into the language and thinking behind Complexity such as:
Complex adaptive systems Memes Possibility space Fitness landscape Autopoiesis
All of which I now understand. The book is written in a very readible way - with links to all related topics extremely visible - the references are also very useful if you want to explore a topic further.
The ideas in the book are described not as academic but more as common sense - several times while reading Navigating Complexity it helped me put 2 and 2 together and actually get 4.
The book finishes with some very useful advice on what to do now if your appetite for complexity has been wetted - Mine has - roll on Engaging Complexity.
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