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As Senior Executive Vice President of the Orlando Magic, Pat Williams is known throughout the sports world as a consummate promoter and a keen talent scout. His boundless imagination and zany antics have led his team to victory since their very first season. But Williams' leadership philosophy is untraditional, to say the least. Now, he shares that unique philosophy, which bucks conventional management wisdom and is founded instead upon the Scriptures, using Jesus Christ as a leadership model. Examining the ...
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Overview

As Senior Executive Vice President of the Orlando Magic, Pat Williams is known throughout the sports world as a consummate promoter and a keen talent scout. His boundless imagination and zany antics have led his team to victory since their very first season. But Williams' leadership philosophy is untraditional, to say the least. Now, he shares that unique philosophy, which bucks conventional management wisdom and is founded instead upon the Scriptures, using Jesus Christ as a leadership model. Examining the paradoxes that made Christ an exceptional leader, he then offers fascinating and instructive examples that make those principles relevant today. Successful leadership is not a matter of simply maximizing profits, but of striving to make this world a better place, and Williams shows how the paradoxical approach is so much more powerful than traditional leadership based on common sense.

Author Biography: Pat Williams is the author of 19 books. In addition to working with the Orlando Magic, he is also General Manager of RDV Sports, which includes teams in the NBA, the WNBA, and the IHL. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

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That the last shall be first is just one of the paradoxical teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, "the greatest leadership model of all time" and the inspiration behind Williams's readable but somewhat shallow management primer (and 20-somethingth book). In addition to Gospel stories, the author invokes wave-particle duality and an eclectic array of thinkers from Patton to Baudrillard to illuminate the qualities and the contradictions of leadership. But paradoxes like "A Wise Leader Dares to Be a Fool" and "To Live, You Must Die" are just mystical window-dressing for familiar rules of managerial good behavior, including "when you're wrong, admit it," "keep your cool," and "do not micromanage." What counts are the anecdotes-the heart and soul of leadership manuals-and Williams's are engaging, if sometimes off base. An NBA executive and author, most recently, of How to Be Like Mike (as in Jordan), Williams adroitly mines the sports world's mother lode of leadership anecdotes; but his historical anecdotes-Robert E. Lee, instigator of some of history's bloodiest battles, exemplified "absolute love," while Auschwitz commandant Rudolph Hoess's failing was his lack of "integrity"-will confound many. Still, the numerous small homilies on humility, empathy and listening skills sprinkled into his smooth story-telling will give business managers much to reflect upon. (Nov.18) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446529389
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 11/18/2002
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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