Wisdom of Solomon at Work: Ancient Virtues for Living and Leading Today

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The Old Testament is a source of wisdom that is relevant to contemporary life, both to those with Judeo-Christian backgrounds and to those of other faiths. The dramatic stories found in the ancient text -- illustrating the faith of Job, the courage of David, the compassion of Ruth, the justice of Moses -- reveal the virtues needed to live a meaningful life. Not only that, these stories raise timeless questions about the human condition that today's readers can apply to their ...

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Overview

The Old Testament is a source of wisdom that is relevant to contemporary life, both to those with Judeo-Christian backgrounds and to those of other faiths. The dramatic stories found in the ancient text -- illustrating the faith of Job, the courage of David, the compassion of Ruth, the justice of Moses -- reveal the virtues needed to live a meaningful life. Not only that, these stories raise timeless questions about the human condition that today's readers can apply to their professional lives.

This book grew out of the authors' thinking about key issues and questions they face in work and life. Together, the authors represent Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish heritages, and a wide age range.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
What employee wouldn't choose to work under management that pairs modern-day challenges with ancient wisdom, subsequently resulting in richer service and more humane workplace scenarios? Four authors (professors, speakers and consultants), whose own religious backgrounds (Jewish, Catholic and Protestant) are as diverse as the biblical characters they study, discuss incorporating biblical wisdom into the workplace. At the book's core is the premise that the wisdom of Solomon is still relevant to problems faced in contemporary society. Wisdom as defined by the authors is twofold: practical wisdom characterized by the need to achieve a certain goal or end purpose, and transcendent wisdom, which is an internal, intuitive awareness honed by life experience. The wisdom of Solomon, these authors assert, brings healthier and fuller expression to life (and work) as it embodies the traits of justice, integrity, compassion, courage and faith. From biblical accounts of Job's faith, David's courage, Ruth's compassion, Moses' integrity and Solomon's wisdom, readers learn how these personages faced obstacles similar to those today. Following each biblical account are rich summaries about current-day leaders who overcame professional hurdles by applying Solomon's wisdom to their particular circumstances. Included are narratives of Wendy's founder Dave Thomas, former President Jimmy Carter and Semco CEO Ricardo Semler. The book presents sound reasons for applying ancient wisdom to the modern workplace, yet its tone is a bit too intellectually contemplative. (June) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576750858
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES C. MANZ, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Management at Arizona State University. He is coauthor of SuperLeadership: Leading Others to Lead Themselves and the author of Mastering Self-Leadership: Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence.
HENRY P. SIMS, Jr. Ph.D., is Professor of Management and Organization at the University of Maryland. He is coauthor of SuperLeadership: Leading Others to Lead Themselves, The New Leadership Paradigm, and The Thinking Organization.

"Charles C. Manz" is a speaker, consultant, and best-selling business author who has written more than 100 articles and 14 books. He won the Stybel-Peabody National Book Award, and his work has been featured in many national business publications, including the "Wall Street Journal, Fortune," and "Success." He received the prestigious Marvin Bower Fellowship at the Harvard Business School and is currently the Nirenberg Professor of Business Leadership in the School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. His clients have included 3M, Ford, Xerox, General Motors, American Express, and many others.

"Christopher P. Neck" is a nationally known motivational speaker, consultant, and author. He has been quoted extensively in numerous international outlets, including the "Wall Street Journal," the "Washington Post," and the "Los Angeles Times." His books include "Medicine for the Mind: Healing Words to Help You Soar" (1997), "For Team Members Only: Making Your Workplace Team Productive and Hassle-Free" (1997), and "The Wisdom of Solomon at Work" (2001). He is currently an associate professor of management at Virginia Tech.

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