Even though calling has religious origins, the underlying psychological principles are not inherently religious. Therefore, the framework that I created to help you live your calling is appropriate for non-religious, religious and interfaith audiences.  We begin with a story that is common to Abrahamic faiths (e.g., Judaism, Islam and Christianity). Then we explore ways that ordinary people use these principles to live their calling and how you can too. 

Non-Religious Focus

Executives & MBAs

"As I began reading, I near-scoffed at this case study being used in a top business school. But oh how my arrogance was laid low. Once all of the “business leaders” came into focus, and the comparison was drawn between them, it became rather evident why this was quite an astute case to use in studying leadership/calling… [T]he story makes a great point about how calling can serve to lead you through uncertainty and ostensibly dreadful situations in order to realize your full potential.”                                                      

“Being from eastern culture, I have not read this story but it is interesting to see how many of the legendary stories that we have in the east (India), talk about similar tales of a person going through a lot of hardships and yet not compromising with his integrity and faith in God. I think these stories serve as inspiration to us all.”

“The case discussions were interesting—analyzing the various characters and their actual performance was useful in deciding how those people faced ethical challenges and how they could improve their performance.”
“I was originally a bit skeptical about this case but it turned out to be interesting and thought provoking. It makes me think about how important it is to reflect on decisions and how they affect people. If one doesn’t actually take the time for thoughtful reflection on their decisions they will never grow. There are many lessons to be learned from the case, but I think the most important lesson is that someone needs to be adaptable and reflective. "

"Having been raised in a culturally Jewish and atheist home, by two historians of the ancient Middle East, it was important for me to recognize that with so much of world familiar with religious stories, using the story of Joseph might resonate with a very large number of people and enable them to effectively critically engage with issues of diversity, inclusion and leadership.”   

Religious Focus

(Managers, Working Adults & Graduate Students)

"Finding and keeping in-line with our calling starts with being quiet. Self-examination is key since the job/"calling" market is ever-changing and unpredictable."

​"The exercises were great and meant more personally than I ever thought they would."  

"The integration with Joseph's story was helpful and unique. I appreciate the scriptural foundation for the discussion related to learning from his story."

"My most important insight - calling is more than merely purpose and position."

"I discovered what was missing in my current work. I feel like a lot of what I do is drudgery, and what I learned is that even the drudgery should be done with a good disposition because that has a role in your calling."

"I enjoyed reading and discussing scripture passages in small groups and talking about how they relate to calling. Acknowledging that we need to "unplug."


"That I need to be intentional about contemplating my calling and figuring out whether I am living my calling in multiple areas of life. I need to be thinking about what I am doing with the opportunities God has given me."

What Participants say...

One does not climb to attain enlightenment.

Rather, one climbs because

they are enlightened.


Zen Master Futomaki


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