Read a version of the poem Coleen Rowley recited during the program and sung by Maggie and Suzzy Roche on their album Zero Church.
Host Krista Tippett explores the practical implications of spirituality at work with Federal Bureau of Investigations special agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley and syndicated columnist Tim McGuire.
In May 2002, Rowley wrote a now-famous 13-page letter to Robert Mueller, Director of the FBI. In it, Rowley raised serious and detailed concerns about how the FBI had handled leads prior to the September 11th attacks.
Read an extended version of the column "Six Steps to Becoming a Better 'Work Prophet'" that was read by Tim McGuire during the program.
Read an essay, "The Feminine Touch", written by J. Edgar Hoover, in which he lauds the importance of women performing administrative functions and justifies women being excluded because of the physical rigors of being a Special Agent. An excerpt from the pamphlet rationalizes why women can't be FBI agents.
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Coleen Rowley is Special Agent in the Minneapolis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (She speaks in a personal capacity and not on behalf of the FBI.)
Since September 11, 2001, she has been examining her own deepest motivations and has become a counselor and role model for others. In this program, she speaks about her personal experiences and how her conscience has developed. What might the high-profile courage of this plainspoken woman have to do with the rest of us, in other fields of work?
Tim McGuire is a syndicated columnist, speaker, and facilitator. He's the past president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and former Vice President and Editor of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.
Tim McGuire connects the morality of whistleblowing with a larger movement sometimes called spirituality in the workplace. McGuire writes a weekly syndicated column, More Than Work, for United Media addressing ethics, spirituality, and values in work. He traces his interest in this field to a period in which he was searching for ways to reconcile his own values and his style of leadership.