CHAPTER 11Quaker at War

Simply practice being aware. Look, and be still. Feel, and be still. Listen, and be still. Give the practice of awareness time, time when you are alone.1


Pearl Harbor ruptured the last vestige of American isolationism. Now the European war was also America’s war, and companies of every size were mobilized to produce more, faster, and better. AT&T was one such company, and Robert K. Greenleaf was in the thick of things.

Corporations were urged to take advantage of every available human talent in support of the war effort. In 1941 Bob was moved from the AT&T’s Plant Operations section—with oversight of personnel around the country—directly to the Personnel Department. One of the first things he noticed, ...

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