When the Canary Stops Singing

Women's Perspectives on Transforming Business

Pat Barrentine (Author)

Publication date: 01/01/1994

When the Canary Stops Singing

Just as canaries once warned miners of unhealthy conditions underground, women in today's corporate marketplace are sounding a caution that our business survival depends on making far-reaching changes in the business environment.

This collection of provocative, timely, and encouraging essays proposes ways to transform the traditional workplace into a more wholesome and balanced environment that honors masculine and feminine traits as equally vital. The fifteen women-entrepreneurs, consultants, and corporate executives-who offer these provocative and practical essays serve as harbingers of essential business transformation. As varied as their backgrounds and perspectives may be, these women see a common need and share a common goal-to create more humane and nurturing workplaces.

Truth and a willingness to risk are benchmarks of the fifteen insightful essays, as is the search for personal and spiritual freedom. The authors speak of individual responsibility and a balance among all the areas of one's life. Work becomes an arena for self-discovery. The controlling "power over" becomes life-nurturing "power to," and steps for creating a full and productive partnership between men and women are defined. In proposing new and more effective ways to succeed in business, When the Canary Stops Singing explodes the myth that feminine and masculine perspectives can't interact in harmony.

Just as canaries once warned miners of unhealthy conditions underground, women in today's corporate marketplace are sounding a caution that our business survival depends on making far-reaching changes in the business environment.

This collection of provocative, timely, and encouraging essays proposes ways to transform the traditional workplace into a more wholesome and balanced environment that honors masculine and feminine traits as equally vital. The fifteen women-entrepreneurs, consultants, and corporate executives-who offer these provocative and practical essays serve as harbingers of essential business transformation. As varied as their backgrounds and perspectives may be, these women see a common need and share a common goal-to create more humane and nurturing workplaces.

Truth and a willingness to risk are benchmarks of the fifteen insightful essays, as is the search for personal and spiritual freedom. The authors speak of individual responsibility and a balance among all the areas of one's life. Work becomes an arena for self-discovery. The controlling "power over" becomes life-nurturing "power to," and steps for creating a full and productive partnership between men and women are defined. In proposing new and more effective ways to succeed in business, When the Canary Stops Singing explodes the myth that feminine and masculine perspectives can't interact in harmony.

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Just as canaries once warned miners of unhealthy conditions underground, women in today's corporate marketplace are sounding a caution that our business survival depends on making far-reaching changes in the business environment.

This collection of provocative, timely, and encouraging essays proposes ways to transform the traditional workplace into a more wholesome and balanced environment that honors masculine and feminine traits as equally vital. The fifteen women-entrepreneurs, consultants, and corporate executives-who offer these provocative and practical essays serve as harbingers of essential business transformation. As varied as their backgrounds and perspectives may be, these women see a common need and share a common goal-to create more humane and nurturing workplaces.

Truth and a willingness to risk are benchmarks of the fifteen insightful essays, as is the search for personal and spiritual freedom. The authors speak of individual responsibility and a balance among all the areas of one's life. Work becomes an arena for self-discovery. The controlling "power over" becomes life-nurturing "power to," and steps for creating a full and productive partnership between men and women are defined. In proposing new and more effective ways to succeed in business, When the Canary Stops Singing explodes the myth that feminine and masculine perspectives can't interact in harmony.

Just as canaries once warned miners of unhealthy conditions underground, women in today's corporate marketplace are sounding a caution that our business survival depends on making far-reaching changes in the business environment.

This collection of provocative, timely, and encouraging essays proposes ways to transform the traditional workplace into a more wholesome and balanced environment that honors masculine and feminine traits as equally vital. The fifteen women-entrepreneurs, consultants, and corporate executives-who offer these provocative and practical essays serve as harbingers of essential business transformation. As varied as their backgrounds and perspectives may be, these women see a common need and share a common goal-to create more humane and nurturing workplaces.

Truth and a willingness to risk are benchmarks of the fifteen insightful essays, as is the search for personal and spiritual freedom. The authors speak of individual responsibility and a balance among all the areas of one's life. Work becomes an arena for self-discovery. The controlling "power over" becomes life-nurturing "power to," and steps for creating a full and productive partnership between men and women are defined. In proposing new and more effective ways to succeed in business, When the Canary Stops Singing explodes the myth that feminine and masculine perspectives can't interact in harmony.

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Pat Barrentine is the owner of Barrentine Associates, an information packaging and communications company, and former editor of World Business Academy Perspectives. She is the author of When the Canary Stops Singing.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Foreword: Patricia Aburdene and John Naisbitt
Introduction: Women as Harbingers of Business Transformation, Pat Barrentine
Part I: Interdependence and the Organic Metaphor
1. Women, Men, and Management: Redesigning Our Future, Riane Eisler
2. Love at Work, Carol Frenier
3. Organizational Gardening: A Metaphor for the New Business Paradigm, Kathleen Keating
Part II: Balance, Harmony, and Nurturing the Spirit
4. Balance: The Ultimate Challenge for the 21st Century, Marie Kerpan
5. Corporate Poverty: Lessons from Refugee Camps, Barbara Shipka
6. The Workplace As Spiritual Haven, Kim McMillen
7. Values for the Global Marketplace: A Quest for Quality with a Difference, Jacqueline Haessly
Part III: Creating Networks, Support Systems, and a Spirit of Community
8. Helping Your Dream Job Find You, Jan Nickerson
9. Organizational Renewal Through a Hunger for Meaning, Anne Lippitt Rarich
10. Chaos to Community: One Company's Journey of Transformation, Jeanne Borei
11. A World We've Only Dreamed Of, Hope Xaviermineo
Part IV: Openness, Intuition, and the Process of Change
12. Creativity at Work, Cheryl Harrison
13. Intuition in the Midst of Change: A Key to Success in Business, Mitani D'Antien
14. New Listening: Key to Organizational Transformation, Barbara Fittipaldi
15. Seven Keys to Conscious Leadership, Sabina Spencer
Conclusion: The Courage To Act, Pat Barrentine

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Endorsements

"With unusual candor, these courageous women speak the truth about what's required to transform our organizations."

Beth Jarman and George Land, authors of Breakpoint and Beyond: Mastering the Future-Today

"Be prepared to be shocked, excited, pleased, uplifted, and led to a realization about what needs to be done and how to do it."

Michael Ray, professor, Stanford Business School

"It's a life-changer! ...the best business book to appear in the '90s."

Denise Breton and Christopher Largent, authors of The Soul of Economies

"Before you is a manifesto of new strategies for American business... that might save your business, or inspire it to flourish. But do not expect the ordinary. Do not expect business as usual. These authors were prepared to break with business convention in order to get at the heart of the matter:

o What is wrong with business today?

o How does one change it?

"To answer these questions, the authors have drawn on their feelings, emotions, intuition, empathy, awe, and faith. They solved problems, streamlined procedures, increased productivity, generated sales and profits, and created a new, far more humanistic success story. Read it and learn. Read it and allow yourself to be inspired."
"Original and insightful! It is exciting to see women coming up with new models for the workplace. I have always believed we can't be two different people at work and at home"Gun Denhard, cofounder and CEO, Hanna Andersson.

-Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline

"This book is powerful evidence of how business could lead us into a prosperous future if we all-women as well as men-integrated the male and female aspects within us."

Rolf sterberg, former chairman, Swedish Newspapers

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