Jesus, CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership

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Following the example of Jesus, a "CEO" who built a disorganized "staff" of twelve into a thriving enterprise, a handbook for corporate success details a fresh, profound approach to motivating and managing others that translates to any business.
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Following the example of Jesus, a "CEO" who built a disorganized "staff" of twelve into a thriving enterprise, a handbook for corporate success details a fresh, profound approach to motivating and managing others that translates to any business.
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Management consultant Jones draws on the leadership techniques of Jesus Christ to provide guidance tips on inspiring and managing others. (Apr.)
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The author, the owner of a marketing, advertising, and business development firm, examines the life of Jesus and gleans from it useful advice for leaders of businesses and other formal organizations. She observes that Jesus was particularly strong in three areas: self-mastery, action, and relationships. Using each of these strengths as a title for a section in the book, she reflects on various aspects of his life and teachings. Although some Christians might be surprised by some of her theological interpretations, e.g., one chapter is titled "He Kept in Constant Contact with his Boss," others will find this book a novel approach to the old problem of making Christian teachings relevant to modern organizational life. A similar but nonreligious approach to encouraging humane leadership is Keshavan Nair's A Higher Standard of Leadership: Lessons from the Life of Gandhi (LJ 12/1/84). Recommended for public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/94.]-Andrea C. Dragon, Coll. of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, N.J.
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This book may surprise many readers, who, from the title, might expect one more contribution to the genre of religious handbooks for corporate success meaning, how Jesus can make you wealthy. But the book delivers an often insightful series of meditations on Jesus' interpersonal style, focusing on what set him apart as a leader. In a nonacademic way, Jones has contributed to an academic tradition of leadership studies that focus on characters from the so-called great books. To my knowledge, Jesus has not been a popular subject for such studies, but the success of the movement with which he is associated makes him a plausible candidate. This book's strength lies in its ability to surprise two very different groups of readers: those put off by a title slanted toward corporate success and those attracted by the title's promise of a step-by-step guide to such success. To the extent that Jones comes from left field to surprise both groups, she practices what she preaches. Along the way, she dispenses practical and pithy advice for anyone whether CEO or not who works with other people to get things done.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786860623
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 1/5/1995
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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  • Posted February 27, 2015

    Highly recommended

    Jesus CEO is profound and simple. The chapters are very short, but provoking and applicable whether you are a CEO or not. (We're all CEOs of our own lives.) Someone gave me a copy six (yes, 6) years ago, and I only recently got into it. Now I want to order it for family and friends. Laurie Beth Jones is new to me, but I definitely want to look at her other books. So insightful, but easy to understand. Two thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2009

    Not what I expected

    This was not what I expected. Would have like more on Jesus and less on other subjects

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    Thought-provoking and useful

    Jesus CEO is an insightful, thought-provoking look at Christ. Laurie Beth Jones shows us that the example of Jesus is a well-spring for moral reflection that never runs dry. This was an early inspiration to me in my own writing journey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2007

    Great book!

    As a Christian marketing consultant, I really enjoyed seeing Jesus as an executive. It was quite refreshing...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2004

    'Exceptional!'

    As a team leader, I am always on the lookout for good paradigms on leadership. This book is written in a reader-friendly, biblically-based, and extremely useful manner. Other than the 'leadership' section of 'With Joseph in the University of Adversity', this one of the few leadership exemplars based upon a biblical character. These characteristics of leadership are truly applicable to our contemporary world, yet gleaned from the life of Christ, and done well. Should be a must-read in business schools!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2003

    Excellent

    It really shows you the characteristics of Jesus as a leader, which you can apply to your position as a leader of a company, or even just everyday life as a leader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2002

    Simple

    The principle is simple, the foundation credible and the application ¿ remarkable. Principles of effective business can best be demonstrated by Christ.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2001

    Power- full- Integrity

    My son the Business man gave me,'the Artist', this book. I did not put it down.I read thru the night till I finished it. Started marking pages and carried it around with my Bible. My power was not with in my reach with my old thinking. LB Jones opened my heart and God opened the doors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2001

    Incredibly Inspiring!

    To be successful in life, you have to know who you are and why you are here. To be happy in life, you need to be 'in love'. This book shows you 85 personality/lifesyle aspects of the most wonderfully successful person who ever lived, Jesus Christ. As you read this book, you will fall in love with Him and feel beautiful about yourself at the same time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2001

    Learn - that you are an 'I am' - and why some people are not leaders

    I was searching for all the right tools to make me an effective leader in my startup. My business partner Shigeru Kawaguchi recommended that I read Jesus, CEO. I told him that I needed to know the lessons learned from a strong successful female leader. Within hours I received a copy of Jesus, CEO. I am a minority and a female in the information technology field. I have no alternative but to have the right stuff. Especially, since I am not good at B.S. I knew that I needed some guidance and did not want to turn out like the incompetent, screaming and ignorant leaders I have had the opportunity to work with. This book helped me understand why some people are not leaders and why I am! This book helped me realize that I am my I am and to lead like Jesus. This book is exactly what I needed to motivate me to a higher level. Thanks Shigeru for your recommendation and THANK YOU LAURIE BETH JONES YOU ARE A BLESSING.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2000

    Jesus of this world

    I am a christian and teacher in the public school system. The two attributes are very often immiscible. This book teaches how to incorporate Jesus' principles of leadership into everyday life as he so successfully did even though he and we, as christians are 'not of this world'. I use the book as a daily devotional to accompany my bible. The questions at the end of each chapter are very thought provoking as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2000

    Great Book ... but

    This wonderful book articulates some of the greatest principals of leadership ever written. It is unfortunate that the author used this topic to promote herself and her other services through none too subtle references to her directorships and other attributes. Not surprisingly the information on how to contact her for such an engagement is at the end of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2000

    One of my top 5 books of all time

    In addition to reading the Bible, this book helps provide some terrific insight and inspiration with a positive and unique twist. A MUST HAVE for a Christian business person's library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2000

    Must read!

    As a upper-level manager, I have recommended this book to all of my first line supervisors. The success and following of Christ is unquestionable. If each of us possessed a small fraction of his insightful leadership skills, corporate bickering / rivaly / dissension would melt away in an instant. The building up of our fellow man should always be our ultimate goal - business success is natural outpoaring of this goal! Jesus CEO is a wonderful guide through the scripture that enabled me to turn my 'corp' heart closer to God.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2000

    jesus a person far far ahead of our times

    this book shows one if closely follows jesus then it not only helps you spiritually but also you are bound to be a champion in your walk of life. For because he never failed even you would never fail with his knowledge and power coming in you.

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