Tuesday, January 25, 2005

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Hasidic Management? Hasidic Management!

In an earlier post (here) I mentioned I had come across a book The Hasidic Masters' Guide To Management by Moshe Kranc and ordered a copy:



There are many stories of hasidic masters and the miraculous occurances that often surrounded their lives and the lives of their followers, and a series of such stories (really good ones) are captured in this book. However, when reading such stories there is often the problem of understanding the lesson and determining how to apply it to ones life. In this most interesting book, Mr. Kranc takes these stories, demonstrates how the hasidic masters were also masters of understanding human nature and successful leaders of large organizations, and relates appropriate parts of these stories to current day management concepts and applicability in today's businesses.

He successfully mixes stories and concepts from such luminaries as the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of chassidus, and Peter Drucker, one of the world leaders on business organizations and management, as well as many others.

While many current day business books are either ridiculously simplistic (such as Who Moved My Cheese, which explains the difficult concept that things change a lot, and you should be ready to deal with that) or extremely difficult (such as Competitive Advantage, which explains at a Ph.D. level how businesses develop and maintain a competitive edge within their industries), Hasidic Management maintains a respectful level of not being too simplistic yet not requiring a Ph.D. to interpret.

Perhaps the most beautiful thing about this book is the management positions wrapped by hasidic philosophy: treat your people with love and respect, provide kind and gentle direction, and you can only succeed.

I highly recommend this book.

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