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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; Reprint edition (May 2, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786881267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786881260
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Management consultant Jones draws on the leadership techniques of Jesus Christ to provide guidance tips on inspiring and managing others.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The author, the owner of a marketing, advertising, and business development firm, examines the life of Jesus and gleans from it useful advice for leaders of businesses and other formal organizations. She observes that Jesus was particularly strong in three areas: self-mastery, action, and relationships. Using each of these strengths as a title for a section in the book, she reflects on various aspects of his life and teachings. Although some Christians might be surprised by some of her theological interpretations, e.g., one chapter is titled "He Kept in Constant Contact with his Boss," others will find this book a novel approach to the old problem of making Christian teachings relevant to modern organizational life. A similar but nonreligious approach to encouraging humane leadership is Keshavan Nair's A Higher Standard of Leadership: Lessons from the Life of Gandhi (LJ 12/1/84). Recommended for public libraries.
--Andrea C. Dragon, Coll. of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, N.J.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Laurie Beth Jones - Best Selling Author and Motivational Speaker

Laurie Beth Jones is an internationally recognized best-selling author, speaker, coach, and trainer. Her business books, written from a spiritual perspective, have received global recognition for the sound, time-proven principles contained within. As a speaker and trainer, she has been invited to present to presidents of countries and companies, business teams, government and the judicial system, churches and ministries, service organizations, and educators.

Her first book, Jesus CEO, Using Ancient Wisdom For Visionary Leadership was written when she was struck by the notion that Jesus’ leadership approach with his staff (disciples) ran counter to many of the management styles and techniques being employed and popularized. As the owner of a successful marketing company, Laurie became increasingly dismayed to find invaluable human energy and intelligence untapped or underutilized. She made it her goal to help empower people by encouraging them to review the divine excellence in themselves and in those they serve.

She followed with The Path: Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and for Life. This book, along with Path Experience Workshops, has provided inspiration and practical advice to thousands of individuals through every step of defining and fulfilling a mission. . . a mission statement that can be created over a weekend rather than months or years. Her Personal Mission is to recognize, promote, and inspire divine connection in myself and others. She lives her mission by writing, speaking and creating opportunities for you to get clear about who you are, what you were created to do, and how to live your highest good.

In, The Four Elements of Success, Laurie introduces two new approaches to the age-old challenge of working with people. The Path Elements Profile (PEP) is an intuitive and powerful communication tool that can successfully be employed by individuals of almost any age in any situation. The Elemental Team Challenge Quiz
is a diagnostic tool for businesses based on twenty-eight principles, gleaned from hundreds of proven best practices, that can help transform a team into a powerful and productive entity.

In her most recent release, Jesus, Career Counselor, Laurie Beth defines the difference between a job, a career, and work using a construct she terms as the "Twelve Dreams" for finding and keeping your perfect work. This book is more than a manual to help you identify and find the exact job fit. Laurie's goal goes beyond helping you decide whether you want to go into pediatrics or neurosurgery, or become a part-time eBay seller or get a job at Home Depot. These are details to be determined after you have found your vocare, your calling.

Between plane trips, speaking engagements, and writing opportunities, Laurie provides amazing insights and support to her team and those she coaches. For rest and recreation she cuddles Roo, her Bichon-Frise Yorkie mix, cruises the southwest trails on Texas Range, her Palomino Tennessee Walker, and joins family and friends for opportunities of casual fun, entertainment, and enlightenment.

Customer Reviews

This is a very thought-provoking, insightful book.
Martha Cruse
This book was required for an MBA class, but I would highly recommend anyone involved in the management of people read this book.
Sheila
This book can be summed up in Jesus' words love your neighbor as yourself.
"echanidrgn"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1997
Format: Hardcover
As a CEO myself, I will attest to the excellent inspiration that it relays to the executive. The chapters are short and to-the-point. I recommend keeping it in your desk and reading a chapter
a day or so to develop more insight into the leadership technique that worked for God.

As I learned from reading the text, I realized the wisdom of Christ is not really ancient at all...but are simple lessons in interacting with and leading people that are timeless in nature.

This book could change the nature of our corporations and World if it were required reading for business leaders....

The only thing that the author didn't emphasize more is the importance of communicating with our boss, Jesus, through prayer, and constantly asking for his guidance in our actions. He will makes us stronger and abler leaders.
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66 of 82 people found the following review helpful By philbegley@prodigy.net on July 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
As a business consultant I can say that there is nothing wrong in this book. As a Christian, however, I must say that everything in this book is wrong. Jones is many things, but a child of the Kingdom she is not.
Here's the proof: She has no idea what the mission of Jesus was and claims that He "let go" of His mission -- that He failed! On page 12 of the book she states the mission of Jesus was to "teach people about a better way of life." No, Laurie Beth, that's Zig Ziglar's mission! Jesus' mission was to come and die as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. He did not come to teach the law, but to fulfil it. On page 157 of the book she clains that Jesus looked at his mission on the cross and then "let it go" implying that he failed or left it incomplete. How terribly wrong and misguided she is! His words "It is finished" mark the fulfillment of his mission -- perhaps the only human in history to be able to truly say so. H! e let it go because it was complete, not unfinished.
Jones' book says nothing new about management. She has just managed to hook herself onto the coat strings of the most famous name in the history of the earth. Her beliefs about Jesus are clearly non-Christian and should not be read in any way as application of the faith. Her theology is erred, the foundation of the book flawed. Her conclusions and teachings, therefore, are not those of Jesus but of Laurie Beth Jones. Spend your time profitably -- pray for her and read someone else's book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Theriault on June 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
Many business people spend thousands of dollars on seminars and programs designed to increase their efficiency and profitability. But along comes a little unpretentious book and the business world is changed. Jesus, CEO is a tremendous resource which draws on Scriptural accounts of Jesus' life and ministry as an example for business leaders to follow. My only question is: what took so long? I highly recommend this book and I will use its principles in my own work as a Christian Business Consultant, for which I am currently organizing. Thanks should go to Laurie Beth Jones for having the honesty, temerity and good sense to integrate spirituality and business.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By fantaastik@hotmail.com on May 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
When I started reading this book I threw out all the other daily meditation books that had been collecting dust on my shelf. This is the most practical daily compass for aligning professional and spiritual goals that I have found.
I was so excited about finding it that I purchased copies for several friends, some of whom share my religious beliefs and some who do not. All share a professional vision for their respective industries: real estate sales, advertising, banking and merchandising. They all found it enormously helpful, and one ended up purchasing a copy for a CEO who was interviewing her for a management position (she landed that job).
I recommend this book strongly. It contains effective and immediately applicable ideas for leadership and serves as a reminder to how closely our lives and daily challenges mirror those faced by Jesus....and how to triumph WITH others, not over them.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By rsburns@aol.com on April 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is an outstanding quick read book that can serve to reground any leaders view of the world. Leadership is all about caring, nourishing and fostering and in simple examples we've all heard before it re-enforces leading with good intentions. I've shared this book numerous times to set a tone of leadership that I would want to work for in the future. Why it is not on Harvard's executive reading list is beyond me.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Alexander on March 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was initially turned off by what appeared to be a blasphemous exploitation of Christ's name. But once I read this book I was sorry I had waited so long. This is the only book I've ever bought multiple copies of to pass along, one even to a total stranger. It's a quick and easy read, a collection of short, insightful essays. How sad that so many people want to pick this book apart -- they miss the point. It's not a theological treatise. Leave your dogma and doctrine at the door long enough to appreciate this little treasure for what it is: another fresh and valid perspective of Jesus, with all the love and honesty His name symbolizes. When the people around you have frustrated you to your breaking point, open up this book and take a look at what Jesus might do. Too bad more so-called leaders don't try it.
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