The Greatest Good

Rethinking the role of relationships in the moral fiber of our companies and our communities

by William Petrarca



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/28/2002

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 124
ISBN : 9781553694199

About the Book

The Greatest Good is a powerful and thought provoking "field book" focusing on bringing integrity and growth to our personal and professional relationships. The authors build the case for the importance of healthy relationships in our corporations and our communities. With any luck, this book will change your life!

This book is written in tribute to the pioneering work of Henry Nelson Wieman, 1884-1975. Dr. Wieman was one of the greatest philosophers produced in America. In Man's Ultimate Commitment he wrote profoundly about his Philosophy of Creativity. This book is a humble attempt to re-state the essential concepts of Wieman's thinking in a manner easily understood and applied in our time. We are in a time when we need to hear Dr. Wieman's work. His ideas may help answer the question "what will be the ruling aim of my existence?" Special effort is made to show the practical application of Wieman's writing to the many interpersonal troubles pervasive in our modern organizations and institutions.

This is a book about bringing integrity and humility, creativity and appreciation, and trust and boundless growth to our relationships, the companies within which we work and the communities in which we live. The authors offer a new "experiential communication model" and describe the behaviors and outcomes that may result from opposing motivations: hurt-based and worth-based. This is an excellent "field guide" for developing healthy relationships both at home and at work. Several companies have been using the principles from The Greatest Good to build healthy teams and ethics-centered work cultures.

About the Author

Charlie Palmgren co-founded SynerChange International. Often labeled the consultant's consultant," Charlie's 35 years of research and experience have led many to look to him for organizational design and development. Charlie is a world authority on the Creative InterChange process and realized tremendous success when introducing the process to the business world in the mid-70's under the name "synergy."

"Dr. Synergy," as he is often called, has developed and researched the Creative InterChange process since 1966. He is credited with developing most of the exercised in current use to equip leaders and organizations with the Creative InterChange concept, competencies strategies and methods.

Charlie co-authored The Chicken Conspiracy: Breaking the Cycle of Personal Stress and Organizational Mediocrity. He is currently writing another book entitled, The Ascent of the Eagle: Achieving Your Personal and Organizational Best.

Bill Petrarca's 30 years experience in the business world has brought him unique insights into the importance of healthy relationships in successful business strategies. Bill has spent the past 10 years as an executive coach working with small and large clients.

Bill co-founded Strathman Associates, Inc. (SAI), with his wife Jane Strathman. SAI uses a process of listener-focused communication to coach clients to build the awareness, skills, relationships and commitment to create their future.

Charlie and Bill met while coaching at a common client in 1995 and have ever since been passionately advocating the applications of Creative InterChange principles to leaders in corporations and communities.