101 Stories of Courage, Compassion & Creativity in the Workplace

by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Maida Rogerson, Martin Rutte & Tim Clauss

published by Health Communications, Inc. $12.95 330 pages

Imagine a workplace that really works: creativity and purpose are nourished, challenges are shared, employees are acknowledged and care for each other, and the heart is permitted its full expression. Too good to be true? Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work is a collection of true stories from people in businesses, organizations, factories, schools and hospitals who are not afraid to bring their soul to work. At times funny, touching, wise and inspiring, these tales show the daily courage, compassion and creativity that take place in workplaces everywhere. Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work is a rich resource for those of us who want a life-affirming workplace.

The stories are about real people in real situations - a head nurse who takes on the daunting task of bathing a hardened biker and throws in a back rub for good measure, reducing the biker to tears of gratitude; a company that pools its Christmas' giving into one glorious support system for one of its employees who is suffering from cancer; a stuttering navy air controller who spends a straight 24 hours controlling 15 to 20 planes looking for a downed Phantom jet, and in the process, not only finds the jet but loses his stutter; and the CEO, who stands before his employees and apologizes for a costly mistake that he has made.

You can use the stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work in many ways - as a good read, as fuel for reflection, as a respite you seek when you're down or when you're up - but above all, please share them with your friends and co-workers. Let the stories lead you to discussion and sharing. If you're inspired, share your inspiration; if you're amused, share your laughter; if your heart is touched, reach out to another.

Storytelling is one of the oldest and quickest ways to the heart of the matter. Through our stories we share ourselves, our insights, our hurts and our triumphs. It is our intention that the stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work entertain and move you and also support you in making your workplace a place that really works.....for everyone.