About Fieldnotes

“Fieldnotes,” according to the sociologist Robert M. Emerson, are “accounts describing experiences and observations the researcher has made while participating in an intense and involved manner.”

In Fieldnotes, we provide examples and stories and practical wisdom from men and women who are intensely involved in the day-to-day work of managing businesses, non-profits, churches, and other organizations. We seek to inspire and help emerging leaders to do their work better, manage their relationships, and discover what faith means for the way they lead their lives in the workplace.

Fieldnotes readers are a diverse bunch: Some have a natural inclination toward leadership; others find themselves in a position of responsibility for others. Knowing that God’s reign extends over every area of life, they understand that their work counts, but they want to understand what it really means to connect faith and work – beyond the standard answers. What does faith mean for what they actually do and how they do it? What does it mean for how they run meetings? For how they spend their mornings? For how they interact with coworkers, employees, partners, friends? How can their work count for the greater good? How can work, leadership, and organizational life be practiced in a “truly human” way – and what does that even mean?

Fieldnotes, in other words, is for emerging leaders who want to work and live well.

About the Max De Pree Center for Leadership

Fieldnotes is a publication of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

The Max De Pree Center for Leadership is a catalyst for the truly human practice of work, leadership, and organizational life in businesses, non-profits, and churches by generating and curating world-class, theologically informed academic research and education, providing life-changing leadership insights and stories through leading-edge media, and convening innovative gatherings to equip and network leaders.

Learn more at the Center’s website.



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