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"Deeply engaging! It gets to the heart of engagement by seeing it as an inside-out, holistic dynamic of engaging oneself, others and the community to contribute on-purpose and in-service." --Kevin Cashman, senior partner, Korn Ferry; best-selling author, Leadership from the Inside Out and The Pause Principle "A magnificent soul-searching resource.... A true treasure for both individuals and small groups that I will make great use of." --The Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior, bishop, Episcopal Church in Minnesota "Wise [and] luminous, Millis trains [our] ear to listen and [our] heart to be still.... Plant the wisdom of this book into your daily engagements and harvest the bounty." --Dr. Marty Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota "Whether read alone or in groups (I'd recommend groups!), this book is a marvelous guide to all who seek to venture into the self-renewing spiritual depths awaiting us." --John Wimmer, program director, Religion, Lilly Endowment, Inc. "A fine book with a brilliant ... structure that provides us with a rhythm of application that we can carry with us long after the reading is done." --Robert R. Stains, Jr., senior vice president for training, Public Conversations Project "Gentle, invitational and useful .... The simple, profound practices could be transformational. An important guide for almost anyone!" --Judy Brown, leadership educator, poet; author, A Leader's Guide to Reflective Practice and The Art and Spirit of Leadership "This beautiful gem of a book sparkles with clarity, gently inviting the reader to open-heartedly engage self, other and community. A must-read for anyone wanting to listen and/or lead authentically and effectively." --Margaret Benefiel, author, Soul at Work and The Soul of a Leader "Those with the most authority tend to tell more often than ask...We tend to offer thinly veiled advice through our questions instead of seeking to better understand another's perspective... Our questions are tools. Our questions have consequences. Really good questions have the potential to illuminate uncharted or rarely explored terrain... If you think you already know how the other person will respond, try to come up with a different question." Dr. Diane Millis, Deepening Engagement: Essential Wisdom for Listening and Leading with Purpose, Meaning and Joy. This is the kind of book that's best absorbed slowly, taking the time between chapters to journal or discuss our responses to the poems, stories, and questions. There are two dozen short chapters, divided into three themes: Part 1: Engaging Our True Self Part 2: Engaging One Another Part 3: Cultivating Engaged Communities Each chapter begins with an invitation to "Pause" by reading and reflecting on a poem or quotation. This is followed by a story to "Ponder," fromthe author's own experience or another person's life. The third part of each chapter is "Practice," a deceptively simple action to integrate thetheme into our day. For example, the first chapter begins with St. Francis de Sales' advice to "Be who you are and be that well." This is followed by the story ofHenry David Thoreau's struggle to find his voice as a writer. Finally, we are asked to "do one small activity that you enjoy doing and you do well." A later chapter begins with a quote from Ann Patchett about learning "to see school as something that goes on everywhere, all the time, not just in libraries but in parking lots, in airports, in trees." Millis follows this with an anecdote about an elderly man at her local park who delighted in teaching passersby how to create giant bubbles. The chapter ends with the suggestion to "reflect upon everyone you met today, both planned and unplanned, and call to mind one person in particular from whom you learned something unexpected." Deepening Engagementis for anyone who wants to take the time to reflect on and discuss the deeper questions of our lives, our relationships, and our society. "What most differentiates deeply engaged leaders is their overriding concern for their way of being in the world rather than the position they hold or the roles they occupy. Regardless of who we are or what we do for a living, each of us has opportunities to listen, lead, and contribute to shaping a better future." You can read an excerpt atcollegevilleinstitute.org, about what it means to be deeply engaged, and how this is demonstrated by a pastry chef from Burkina Faso whose relationships with his employees matter as much as the desserts they produce. --Catharine Hannay (08/02/2015)" "Deeply engaging! It gets to the heart of engagement by seeing it as an inside-out, holistic dynamic of engaging oneself, others and the community to contribute on-purpose and in-service." Kevin Cashman, senior partner, Korn Ferry; best-selling author, Leadership from the Inside Out and The Pause Principle "A magnificent soul-searching resource . A true treasure for both individuals and small groups that I will make great use of." The Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior, bishop, Episcopal Church in Minnesota "Wise [and] luminous, Millis trains [our] ear to listen and [our] heart to be still . Plant the wisdom of this book into your daily engagements and harvest the bounty. Dr. Marty Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota Whether read alone or in groups (I'd recommend groups!), this book is a marvelous guide to all who seek to venture into the self-renewing spiritual depths awaiting us. John Wimmer, program director, Religion, Lilly Endowment, Inc. A fine book with a brilliant ... structure that provides us with a rhythm of application that we can carry with us long after the reading is done. Robert R. Stains, Jr., senior vice president for training, Public Conversations Project Gentle, invitational and useful . The simple, profound practices could be transformational. An important guide for almost anyone! Judy Brown, leadership educator, poet; author, A Leader's Guide to Reflective Practice and The Art and Spirit of Leadership This beautiful gem of a book sparkles with clarity, gently inviting the reader to open-heartedly engage self, other and community. A must-read for anyone wanting to listen and/or lead authentically and effectively. Margaret Benefiel, author, Soul at Work and The Soul of a Leader" "Those with the most authority tend to tell more often than ask...We tend to offer thinly veiled advice through our questions instead of seeking to better understand another's perspective... Our questions are tools. Our questions have consequences. Really good questions have the potential to illuminate uncharted or rarely explored terrain... If you think you already know how the other person will respond, try to come up with a different question." Dr. Diane Millis, Deepening Engagement: Essential Wisdom for Listening and Leading with Purpose, Meaning and Joy. This is the kind of book that's best absorbed slowly, taking the time between chapters to journal or discuss our responses to the poems, stories, and questions. There are two dozen short chapters, divided into three themes: Part 1: Engaging Our True Self Part 2: Engaging One Another Part 3: Cultivating Engaged Communities Each chapter begins with an invitation to "Pause" by reading and reflecting on a poem or quotation. This is followed by a story to "Ponder," fromthe author's own experience or another person's life. The third part of each chapter is "Practice," a deceptively simple action to integrate thetheme into our day. For example, the first chapter begins with St. Francis de Sales' advice to "Be who you are and be that well." This is followed by the story ofHenry David Thoreau's struggle to find his voice as a writer. Finally, we are asked to "do one small activity that you enjoy doing and you do well." A later chapter begins with a quote from Ann Patchett about learning "to see school as something that goes on everywhere, all the time, not just in libraries but in parking lots, in airports, in trees." Millis follows this with an anecdote about an elderly man at her local park who delighted in teaching passersby how to create giant bubbles. The chapter ends with the suggestion to "reflect upon everyone you met today, both planned and unplanned, and call to mind one person in particular from whom you learned something unexpected." Deepening Engagementis for anyone who wants to take the time to reflect on and discuss the deeper questions of our lives, our relationships, and our society. "What most differentiates deeply engaged leaders is their overriding concern for their way of being in the world rather than the position they hold or the roles they occupy. Regardless of who we are or what we do for a living, each of us has opportunities to listen, lead, and contribute to shaping a better future." You can read an excerpt atcollegevilleinstitute.org, about what it means to be deeply engaged, and how this is demonstrated by a pastry chef from Burkina Faso whose relationships with his employees matter as much as the desserts they produce.--Catharine Hannay (08/02/2015)"

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