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Book details
  • Genre:PHILOSOPHY
  • SubGenre:Social
  • Language:English
  • Pages:134
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098386412

Paths of Meaning

Never surrender the will to see for yourself.

by Christian Filli

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Overview
PATHS OF MEANING is a book about growth and development, with a slightly rebellious flair, calling on readers to never surrender the gift of inquiry and wonder. Part heuristic, part anecdotal and part contemplative, it examines the crucial role that symbolic thought and creativity have played in the evolution of our species, and how this uniquely strange and evocative ability may hold the key for designing our present and future. It celebrates the full spectrum of human capacity, and asks us to gauge the degree to which we cherish - or downplay - our talents and passions. It questions the sincerity of corporate mantras such as 'doing well by doing good', eliciting a clear distinction between 'value creation' and the now popular yet wobbly 'stakeholder value' narrative. It analyzes some of the remarkable qualities that make up effective leaders and teams, and points to the essential ingredients that might help us maneuver through life with greater personal courage and professional resilience. While discussing the work of influential authors, as well as drawing on the legacy of innovators, trailblazers and polymaths, Christian Filli helps us reflect on our creative potential, frameworks of meaning and universal values. He explores some of the misconceptions about the nature of progress, the role of conflict, and the pursuit of mastery. He juxtaposes the dangers of self-righteousness, standardization and conformity with the beneficial effects of constructive disagreement, lifelong learning and interdisciplinary thinking. And he ponders whether we have what it takes to really become a mature global society.
Description
We live in an era in which we get told round-the-clock what to believe, how to behave, who to become and where to belong, yet at the same time we're urged to live 'authentically' and remain true to ourselves. How can we make sense of this? How can we identify what really makes us itch, or what we love? How can we seamlessly reconcile our competing desires and obligations? How can we balance individual resolve and achievement with a sense of collective understanding and well-being? Moreover, how should we define what a successful life is? PATHS OF MEANING is a book about growth and development, with a slightly rebellious flair, calling on readers to never surrender the gift of inquiry and wonder. Part heuristic, part anecdotal and part contemplative, it examines the crucial role that symbolic thought and creativity have played in the evolution of our species, and how this uniquely strange and evocative ability may hold the key for designing our present and future. It celebrates the full spectrum of human capacity, and asks us to gauge the degree to which we cherish - or downplay - our talents and passions. It questions the sincerity of corporate mantras such as 'doing well by doing good', eliciting a clear distinction between 'value creation' and the now popular yet wobbly 'stakeholder value' narrative. It analyzes some of the remarkable qualities that make up effective leaders and teams, and points to the essential ingredients that might help us maneuver through life with greater personal courage and professional resilience. While discussing the work of influential authors, as well as drawing on the legacy of innovators, trailblazers and polymaths, Christian Filli helps us reflect on our creative potential, frameworks of meaning and universal values. He explores some of the misconceptions about the nature of progress, the role of conflict, and the pursuit of mastery. He juxtaposes the dangers of self-righteousness, standardization and conformity with the beneficial effects of constructive disagreement, lifelong learning and interdisciplinary thinking. And he ponders whether we have what it takes to really become a mature global society.
About the author
Christian Filli has always been driven by a deep passion for insights, creativity and leadership. He specializes in understanding patterns of human motivation, decoding cultural narratives, and examining how these might affect individuals, organizations, and society at large. He is an ICF certified Integral Coach and holds a B.A. in Social Communications. With a 30-year long international career that spans across a vast range of business sectors including sport & fitness, food & beverage, pet ownership, home & personal care, financial services and commercial construction, Christian brings a unique blend of capabilities that encompass leadership development, organizational alignment, employee engagement, cross-cultural integration, brand strategy, product innovation and market research. He oversaw commercial operations at Reebok for several years, and played a variety of roles within the most prominent multinationals in the field of marketing and creative services – Publicis, WPP and Omnicom. In 2016, he started his own professional coaching and consulting practice, Scyrocco. He also became an Associate Partner at Hofstede Insights, a global network of culture and strategy advisors, in 2019. Having lived in four countries (Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, United States) and traveled extensively across four continents, Christian enjoys looking at things from different angles, and connecting dots that others may have overlooked. He applies his diverse background and tireless inquiry to broadening his own perspective and guiding others, as we all navigate an increasingly complex global landscape.
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