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During my years at CNN, I’ve spoken to and worked with countless business leaders. Interviewing them always made me wonder: What makes a truly great leader? Is it something you’re born with? Or can leadership be taught? Can someone be coached into leadership, like so many books I see at airport bookshops proclaim? Is leadership a function of the situation (would Churchill have risen to greatness without facing the menace of Hitler? Remember, Churchill wasn’t reelected after winning World War II)? Or is leadership a function of culture, with certain cultures breeding leaders better than others? The authors of The Rabbi and the CEO have arrived at an innovative and powerful answer. Blending time-honored traditions with cutting- edge management methods, this book produces an amalgam that offers leaders (and leaders-in-waiting) a kind of power that’s often missing in boardrooms. Steeped in the rich, ancient tradition of Jewish thought, this book makes the timeless wisdom of the ages directly relevant to today’s business leaders. The unique synergy comes from an unusual partnership: the prominent Rabbi Aaron Raskin, eloquent spokesman for Judaism, and author of Letters of Light; and Dr. Thomas D. Zweifel, a CEO and leadership professor and consultant in his own right, and the author of four previous books on leadership and people power, including "Communicate or Die" and "Culture Clash." Why Judaism? Don’t other traditions offer equally profound and rich principles and insightful stories? Yes, all roads lead to Rome, and there are countless ways to reveal essential truth. On the anniversary of a death, for example, Catholics offer a memorial mass; Muslims might read the 36th chapter of the Qur’an; Protestants might gather to sing hymns like the early twentieth-century song “Tell Mother I’ll Be There”; Hindus might cook the favorite meal of the deceased, bring it to the temple and serve it to the priest; Buddhists might burn special counterfeit money known as ghost money to repay the dead for their kindness; the Haida Indians of the American Northwest might set out a meal and burn the whole table; and Jews say the kadish prayer on the yahrzeit of their dead every year. Most everyone, it seems, lights a candle. But Jews are not universally called the People of the Book by accident. Their book, the Torah—the five books of Moses, also called the Pentateuch from the Greek word for “five”; or, by gentiles, the Old Testament—is a sheer boundless fount of stories about leaders and their moral dilemmas, from Abraham to Noah, from Eve to Sarah, from Moses to David. The Hebrew Bible is chock-full of leaders’ trials, tribu- lations, and triumphs. And if leadership is about freeing yourself from the shackles of the past and achieving a desired future, the Jews undertook one of the boldest collective emancipations of all time when they left Egypt. The Hebrew word for Egypt is mitzrayim, which means “the narrows.” A core objective of the Torah is to remove us from our own Egypt: to help us transcend our limitations, unleash our indomitable human spirit, and be all we can be. That is what true leadership is all about: enabling people to be themselves, take charge, and fulfill their highest aspirations. But the Rabbi and the CEO did not stop there. They found that when they married teachings from Torah and Talmud with modern leadership models, the combination yielded powerful insights into today’s leadership challenges—trials that would have given even great leaders like Churchill or Kennedy a headache—and useful instruments for tackling any issue that might confront a twenty-first-century manager. How do you keep your moral compass when you face an ethical dilemma? How do you restore the big picture in the clutter of the day- to-day? How do you communicate effectively to mobilize highly mobile knowledge workers for results? How do you manage outsourcing, offshoring, or virtual teams through remote empowerment... (Foreword, Ali Velshi, CNN Anchor)
"Written for managers and executives, Abraham Zaleznik uses Freudian psychoanalysis to focus on self awareness and relationship awareness as a method to better motivate their employers and lead their company towards success. It discusses a myriad of timeless factors in successful leadership, including the origin of psychoanalysis, the unconscious, neuroses, defense mechanisms, group psychology, organizations, and change." --Book Jacket.
Few are prepared for managing across borders, and the costs of cultural fiascos can spin out of control—from lawsuits to lost opportunities. But whether you bring wine to a dinner in Singapore, how many times you kiss in France, or other local etiquette have seldom been deal-breakers. What has derailed international business is the failure of managers to stand in their counterparts’ shoes and read between the lines. Forged in the fire of clashing cultures, Dr. Thomas D. Zweifel developed a foolproof methodology for cross-cultural leadership. This new edition tackles post-9/11 trends like BRICS emerging markets and the Arab Spring, ecommerce, and social networks. Packed with fascinating stories, cutting-edge research, and practical tools, Culture Clash 2 shows global managers how to: • Parachute into any culture and get the job done—while respecting local customs • Decode target cultures and avoid costly mistakes • Orchestrate global meetings and teleconferences for alignment • Build and manage global ventures and high-performance teams
A practical approach to creating wealth-based on the established principles of ancient Jewish wisdom-made accessible to people of all backgrounds The ups and downs of the economy prove Rabbi Daniel Lapin's famous principle that the more things change, the more we need to depend upon the things that never change. There's no better source for both practical and spiritual financial wisdom than the time-tested knowledge found in the ancient Jewish faith and its culture. In the Second Edition of Thou Shall Prosper, Lapin offers a practical approach to creating wealth based on the established principles of ancient Jewish wisdom. This book details the ten permanent principles that never change, the ten commandments of making money if you will, and explores the economic and philosophic vision of business that has been part of Jewish culture for centuries. The book's focus is on making accessible to individuals of all backgrounds, the timeless truths that Jews have used for centuries to excel in business. Outlines ten fundamental "commandments" relating to business and money Includes insights that will increase your potential for creating wealth, no matter what your faith or background may be Blends contemporary business stories and Lapin's own business experiences with the wisdom of the Torah and Talmudic prescriptions This Second Edition provides new examples, especially of Internet related business opportunities. In addition, each chapter highlights specific action steps that can lead to wealth opportunities in both difficult economic times and periods of prosperity.
How the 22 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet, the alef-beis, (the construction materials with which G-d built our earthly and spiritual existence) continue as a source of creation, reflection, prayer and inspiration in our everyday lives.
Viele Führungskräfte haben in den aktuellen wirtschaftlichen Turbulenzen die Orientierung verloren. Welche Prinzipien haben heute noch Gültigkeit? Und was macht eine gute Führungskraft im 21. Jahrhundert aus? Die Antwort dieses Buches kommt von einer überraschenden Quelle - dem Judentum. Torah, Talmud und Kabbala enthalten erstaunlich hilfreiche Lektionen für Manager des 21. Jahrhunderts. Das ungewöhnliche Autorenteam - CEO und Rabbi - verbindet modernes Leadershipwissen mit der Weisheit der jüdischen Tradition und zeigt, wie man sich zu einer guten Führungskraft entwickeln und gleichzeitig materiell wie spirituell erfolgreich sein kann.

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