The Rabbi and the CEO: The Ten Commandments for 21st Century Leaders

The Rabbi and the CEO: The Ten Commandments for 21st Century Leaders

by Thomas Zweifel, Aaron L. Raskin
     
 

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Leadership is in crisis. In the rough seas of a borderless economy, the Internet, and outsourcing in turbulent markets, a seismic shift has changed the game. The days of the Great Man-whether a Churchill or Kennedy, even a Gates or Welch-are numbered. Virtually anyone can lead now. But how do you breed principled leaders for the twenty-first century? Is leadership

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Leadership is in crisis. In the rough seas of a borderless economy, the Internet, and outsourcing in turbulent markets, a seismic shift has changed the game. The days of the Great Man-whether a Churchill or Kennedy, even a Gates or Welch-are numbered. Virtually anyone can lead now. But how do you breed principled leaders for the twenty-first century? Is leadership a matter of DNA, culture, or coaching? The answer can be found in the 3,000-year-old tradition of Judaism. Jews are not called the People of the Book by accident. Torah, Talmud, and Kabbalah hold a powerful amalgam of life-and-death leadership stories and astonishingly practical lessons for twenty-first-century managers. In a unique synergy, Dr. Thomas Zweifel, Swiss Consulting Group CEO, Columbia professor, and author of leadership books like Communicate or Die and Culture Clash, teams up with Rabbi Aaron Raskin, Jewish leader, mensch, and author of Letters of Light, to blend the timeless wisdom of the Ten Commandments with a cutting-edge methodology based on twenty-five years of coaching leaders-a mix that provides winning tools for lasting success.

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Publishers Weekly
Authors Zweifel, CEO of the Swiss Consulting Group, and Raskin, a long-time Brooklyn Rabbi, join their prodigious knowledge to answer "the ultimate leadership question: what makes a great leader?" using the Ten Commandments. Going through the Commandments one by one, the duo use Bible stories and real-world anecdotes to extract smart, accessible leadership ideas without resorting to corporate or religious code-speak. The First, for example, "I am your God who delivered you from the land of Egypt, the house of slavery," tells us not just what a leader does-frees himself and others ("from your limitations")-but how he achieves and maintains that freedom: by taking responsibility. And, of course, making more commandments-continuing through the balance, Zweifel and Raskin look at respect, the "power of no," "anger management" and walking the talk, among others broad topics, each broken down wittily and without recourse to preaching or dogma. Pull-out quotes and side bars provide quick tips, though as a whole the book reads quickly and precisely. Anyone who wants to "transform their leadership-for good" will find a smart and upstanding guide in this spirited (if not necessarily spiritual) collaboration.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590791509
Publisher:
Select Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,108,956
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Thomas Zweifel is CEO of Swiss Consulting Group and instructs business leadership and Columbia University. He is also author of Culture Clash and Communicate or Die. Aaron Raskin comes from a long lineage of rabbis and community leaders. He was educated at the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva and the Rabbinical College of America. He is also author of Letters of Light.

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