Summary of The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace

Berrett-Koehler, more...

Buy the book

The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace book summary
A riff on soul that’s more Karl Marx than James Brown.


5 Overall

5 Applicability

5 Innovation

5 Style


People need creativity, fantasy, passion and caring, argues Alan Briskin, and when they’re deprived of those things at work, there’s trouble ahead. Briskin’s book works well as a study in modern-day alienation. Tracing the loss of soul at work to scientific engineering, he summarizes various research findings that will seem like old college friends to those with business degrees. But the book sags when it sets forth into the land of the soul, where Briskin gets fuzzy, unfocused, repetitious and just plain hard to understand. In addition, he never actually gets around to telling us how to get soul back at work. Nevertheless, recommends this book to managers, employees and students with a desire to look deeper into the balance of hard work and personal satisfaction, and the patience to wade through the sometimes trite.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What basic contradiction is built into the modern workplace
  • What four processes led to dramatic changes in the way individuals worked and lived
  • How you can build a bridge between the human soul and the organization


The Need for Soul in the Workplace
There is a basic contradiction built into the modern workplace. The outer organization of work processes, which includes corporate objectives and managerial structures, works in opposition to the inner organization of people, which includes their emotions...
Get the key points from this book in less than 10 minutes. Learn more about our products or log in

About the Author

Alan Briskin founded and owns Alan Briskin & Associates, an Oakland, California, organizational development consulting firm. He developed some of his ideas about organizational life when he worked with prison inmates and disturbed adolescents. His clients have included firms involved in many industries. He also consults with other management consultants about change, leadership and learning. He received his M.A. and Ph.D., in organizational psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California in 1984.

Comment on this summary

More on this topic

Customers who read this summary also read

More by category