Modern cultures worship of "how-to" pragmatism has turned us into instruments of efficiency and commercebut were doing more and more about things that mean less and less. We constantly ask how? but rarely why? We use how as a defenseinstead of ...
acting on what we know to be of importance, we wait until weve attended one more workshop, read one more book, gotten one more degree. Asking how keeps us safeinstead of being led by our hearts into uncharted territory, we keep our heads down and stick to the map. But we are gaining the world and losing our souls. In The Answer to How Is Yes, Block places the "how-to" craze in perspective and presents a guide to the difficult and life-granting journey of bringing what we know is of personal value into an indifferent or even hostile corporate and cultural landscape. He raises our awareness of the trade-offs weve made in the name of practicality and expediency, and offers hope for a way of life in which were motivated not by what "works," but by the things that truly matter in lifeidealism, relationship, intimacy, and engagement. In his classic book Stewardship, Block showed how to free our organizations from stifling, control-obsessed bureaucracy and redesign them so that they are governed by the ideals of service, responsibility, accountability, and meaning. In The Answer to How Is Yes (inspired by a chapter in Stewardship), Block helps us realize similar ideals in our individual lives. Block offers a new way of thinking about our actions that helps free us from being controlled by the bombardment of messages about how we should live and act. He inspires us to say yes to our ideals and aspirations.