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Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet

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What does it mean to carry out "good work"? What strategies allow people to maintain moral and ethical standards at a time when market forces wield unprecedented power and work life is being radically altered by technological innovation? These are the questions at the heart of this important collaboration by three leaders in psychology. Enlivened with stories of real peopl ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 22nd 2002 by Basic Books (first published 2001)
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Kira
Sep 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
I couldn't quite bring myself to give this one star, but that's probably what it deserves. Read under duress for a seminar - entirely unenlightening.
Eva
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Perhaps I should have read this book 15 years ago when it was fresh. It goes some way toward predicting the state of the world of journalism (and genetics) in what is now our present, but misses the depth of the internet's effects in opening "broadcasting" to everyone, and thereby creating content providers devoted to their clickthrough count and advertiser dollars and feeling no obligations to a tradition of journalistic ethics, and millions of users with poor discernment skills, used to relyin ...more
Russell
Mar 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Long, extremely biased, and repetitive, I am unsure of why this book is so highly regarded. This book could have spent a lot more time examining its many assumptions: about the extant systems that create the problems the book outlines and about what work actually is, for example. Good Work refuses to go beyond the surface level of what work is, and works hard to present capitalism and US exceptionalism as the one true way of operating in this world. While I respect the research methodology of th ...more
Matt Swaffer
Jul 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet is the product of three psychologists from different fields. Howard Gardner is a cognitive psychologist best known for his theory of multiple intelligences. Csikszentmihalyi is a social psychologist best known for his concept of "flow", a state in which an individuals skills and challenges mesh and completely absorb the mind. (See his book Flow) William Damon is the author with which I am least familiar but he is a developmental psychologist who focuses ...more
Tim
Feb 18, 2012 rated it liked it
An in-depth academic exploration about promoting good work in a profession, in this case genetics and journalism. Well written, but a little dense, the authors interview several members of these areas and explore their similarities and differences. As a manager, I was expecting more ideas on how to influencing the workplace, but I still enjoyed the read. It had many challenging ideas and interesting perspectives on issues such as ethics.
Uma
May 12, 2008 rated it liked it
read about half before i finally decided to move on. the book was interesting and had some good ideas. i definitely now know more about the history of genetics than i'd ever expected. i was just never compelled to actually pick up the book and read, so i decided it was time to let this one go.
Janie
Jan 25, 2016 added it
authors' definition of "good work:" work that is both excellent in quality and socially responsible," and for this book's focus, "carried out at a time of constant change." (p. xi, Reface.) "in difficult times" (p. 5)
Shavawn Berry
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I use this book to teach ethics in my business writing courses. The students always enjoy the materials and we have far reaching, thoughtful discussions of the concept of 'good work' and what it means. An excellent primer on the subject.
Will Carey
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Inspiring basic read, great learnings about the basic human motivation for work as it was 5 years ago
Don
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
professional ethics, social responsibility
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Good thoughts, but the book is already a little dated. You could read the first and last couple chapters and get the gist of the book.
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Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. He has received honorary degrees from 26 colleges and univers ...more
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