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1st Edition

Fostering Wisdom at Work

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ISBN 9780367893569
January 14, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
144 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Most people can name dozens of knowledgeable people in their private and business lives, but highly value the very limited number deemed as wise. The fields of gerontology, psychology, and social science have attempted to study the phenomena of wisdom with little significant clarity or understanding of the construct within the expansive workforce development field. Wisdom, as an important aspect of a growing global knowledge economy, lacks the frameworks and theories needed for fostering workplace wisdom.

This book brings a scholarly scrutiny to the study of wisdom, propelling the attribute to prominence within the broad field of workforce development and particularly within the growing context of a global knowledge economy. It investigates the characteristics of wisdom and offers theories, frameworks, techniques to foster wisdom in the workplace, recognizing it as a vital key to success for individuals and society.

The ideal audience of this book includes senior learning specialists, organization development managers, HRD directors and workforce scholar-practitioners. These key individuals in organizations understand talent management and have a vested interest in the career construction of individuals in their organizations.

Table of Contents


CHAPTER ONE: Our personal journey

Chapter Two: Knowledge, Experience, and Age

Chapter Three: Learning and Unlearning

Chapter Four: Pathways of Wisdom


Chapter Five: A Mentoring Relationship

Chapter Six: Workplace Resilience, Adaptability, and Connection

Chapter Seven: Moving to a Wise Workplace

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Jeff M. Allen is a leading scholar in the area of learning and performance innovation for the knowledge economy. He serves as a Regents Professor of Information Science and Director of the Center for Knowledge Solutions in the College of Information at the University of North Texas.