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Camelot, Inc.: Leadership and Management Insights from King Arthur and the Round Table

Camelot, Inc.: Leadership and Management Insights from King Arthur and the Round Table

by Paul Oestreicher


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This fresh and insightful examination of modern leadership and management issues uses the surprisingly relevant stories of King Arthur and Camelot to illustrate the do's and don'ts of achieving success.

• Contains 130 quotes from The Once and Future King, Le Morte D'Arthur, and other Arthur stories

• Provides instruction on many valuable business skills such as setting goals and objectives, planning strategy, assessing results, preparing for the unexpected, and working in teams

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313386954
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/18/2011
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Paul Oestreicher, PhD, is adjunct professor in the Division of Programs in Business at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, New York, NY.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: The Relevance of Camelot to Today's Leaders and Institutions xiii

Before We Begin: A Quick Review of Arthur's Life xvii

Chapter 1 Finding Merlin: Getting a Mentor and Plugging the Brain Drain 1

Chapter 2 Becoming a Fish: Walking in Another's Shoes and Gaining Empathy 13

Chapter 3 Might for Right: Developing a Plan with Mission, Vision, and Values 23

Chapter 4 Equal Justice: Reevaluating and Reinnovating 35

Chapter 5 Creating a Round Table: Assembling the Right Team 45

Chapter 6 How to Be the Best Knight: Marrying Method and Manner 55

Chapter 7 Pursuing the Holy Grail: Rallying around a Common Goal 65

Chapter 8 Picking Your Battles: Navigating through Your Audience and Environment 73

Chapter 9 When Others Use Cannon: Expecting the Unexpected 83

Chapter 10 Realism and Idealism: Balancing Vision and Execution 91

Chapter 11 Joust for Fun: Dealing with Boundary Issues 101

Chapter 12 Dutiful versus Inspired Thinking: Being Inside and Outside the Box 109

Chapter 13 Passing the Candle: Planning for Succession 119

Chapter 14 Destiny and Legacy: Making Your Personal and Professional Mark 127

Chapter 15 Final Thoughts: The Camelot Wisdom Top 10 137

Notes 139

Index 147

What People are Saying About This

Victor R. Budnick

"Camelot, Inc. gets to the heart of the mentoring role in growing and sustaining enterprises—both large and small. In our increasingly 'virtual' business and social environment, Paul Oestreicher shows how critical mentoring is to passing along core values to the next generation of leaders."

Richard Edelman

"Oestreicher's book goes well beyond the depiction of King Arthur and his court. The complicated relationships between leader and managers, the balance between personal and work lives, and the conflict between idealism and pragmatism are as much a part of today's business world as they were in medieval England."

L. Patrick Gage

"Camelot, Inc. is a remarkable 'mining' of lessons from the Arthurian legends. Oestreicher has found timeless prescriptions for achieving excellence in leadership."

John Doorley

"The dos and don'ts in Camelot, Inc. highlight the enduring characteristics of protecting and building personal and corporate reputation. Oestreicher has found a compelling way to teach us as much what to do as what not to do."

Greg Simon

"As a child, my introduction to human drama in literature was through the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable. Truly everything you need to know about human values is found in these tales. Paul Oestreicher recognizes that these tales hold timeless lessons for leaders as he brings the reader inside the Roundtable."

Brian T. Gladden

"Camelot, Inc. provides a most thoughtful framework for thinking through some of today's biggest business leadership challenges. It's a thoroughly enjoyable read."

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