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In Hostile Territory
     

In Hostile Territory

by Gerald Westerby
 
In Hostile Territory  provokes insights about working in teams, using power and influence, turning adversity to advantage and avoiding competence traps that can derail your career. The everyday challenges Westerby faced as a Mossad Combatant translate into vivid lessons for today's business leaders."
-- Marc J. Ventresca, department of organization

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In Hostile Territory  provokes insights about working in teams, using power and influence, turning adversity to advantage and avoiding competence traps that can derail your career. The everyday challenges Westerby faced as a Mossad Combatant translate into vivid lessons for today's business leaders."
-- Marc J. Ventresca, department of organization behavior, Kellogg Graduate School of Management

You've heard it said before: Business is war. Whether you own a company or work as a salaried employee, you know it to be true -- competition has never been more savage, customers more demanding, margins more fragile, management more erratic, Wall Street more unpredictable, government more intrusive. To succeed in these times takes a special blend of guts and savvy.

Nowhere will you find a better teacher and guide to surviving and thriving in this no-holds-barred world than Gerald Westerby, a former secret agent in the Mossad, Israel's famed elite special-operations organization. As a deep-cover Combatant, Westerby's assignments took him into hostile territory throughout the Middle East and Europe, where he ran businesses as fronts for intelligence gathering and covert operations.

His businesses prospered and his clandestine missions succeeded under conditions so adverse that a middle manager's worst nightmares could not conjure them. Operating without outside support, without business advisors, managers, or consultants, he learned to rely on no one but himself and the business lessons learned in his Mossad training. Now he offers these lessons to you.

In Hostile Territory&Nbsp reveals for the first time the secrets that make Mossad Combatants the world's best businessmen and most feared secret agents. Westerby's gripping accounts of his sensational exploits in the field will have you holding your breath with excitement. The tough-minded business lessons and hard-edged personal tactics he draws from them will show you how to operate at a whole new level of achievement.

In the tradition of Sun-tzu's The Art of War, In Hostile Territory will teach you how to become a modern warrior in today's high-stakes business battlefield. Prepare for an adventure-filled journey beyond the conventions of business as you've ever known it.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
To the business-as-war canon you can add this take by a purported member of Israel's clandestine special operations organization, the Mossad. Westerby, a pseudonym for a man described as a "millionaire" entrepreneur, tells war storiesboth real and apocryphalby beginning his chapters with reference to a biblical tale from which he then draws inferences. Westerby's stories become business case studies, whether he's rescuing Jews in Yemen, destroying an Iraqi nuclear reactor or even retelling Old Testament stories about the likes of King Solomon and Jacob. He uses the biblical stories to introduce business concepts such as the need for planning, patience and staying focused on what you're trying to accomplish. The stories sometimes go on for too long, and the points will seem obvious to many. Yet in the tradition of military leaders, Westerby is inspirational. He can make starting a business sound as if it truly is equal to starting a war, and if nothing else, a businessperson can always crib a couple of his tales to tell at the next board meeting. (May)
Booknews
The memoir of an Israeli operative who has now retired to become a successful international businessman. Writing under a pseudonym to protect his identity, the author shares the wisdom that he gained while simultaneously running international business enterprises and carrying out military assignments for the Massad. The author uses these experiences to teach lessons such as when to exercise power, the elements of a winning team, why simplicity is the best strategy, how to make the best of bad situations, and how to succeed against the odds. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887309014
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.18(d)

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