1st Edition

Fostering Wisdom at Work

By Jeff M. Allen Copyright 2022
    142 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    142 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    Jeff M. Allen is a an internationally recognized scholar in the area of workforce innovation for the knowledge economy. Together with his colleagues, he prepares students for jobs that are not yet created. He serves as a Regents Professor of Information Science at the University of North Texas.