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Product Details

  • Series: Bk Business
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605099511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605099514
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Mother Teresa, CEO

“I have always regarded Mother Teresa as one of my role models because she understood and demonstrated through her own being that real leadership comes from the soul. This exploration of Mother Teresa’s deep well of compassion, dignity, empathy, and love is a profound meditation on what it means to be a real leader.”
—Deepak Chopra, author of The Soul of Leadership

“Ruma Bose’s and Lou Faust’s perspective on the iconic Mother Teresa’s unique leadership skills is nothing short of a revelation. Having started my career in the social services world, I found that some of the best business managers hail from that world, with Mother Teresa certainly a leading example. I found myself nodding and “uh-huhing” as I recognized the simple but powerful lessons that Mother Teresa’s eight principles can teach us all. Simply extraordinary.”
—Jim McCann, founder and CEO, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM and Celebrations.com

“Entrepreneurship isn’t about starting a business; it’s about creating a state of mind. Bose and Faust do a tremendous job of demonstrating Mother Teresa’s entrepreneurial mind-set as she grew the Missionaries of Charity around the world. The eight leadership principles outlined in their book provide both inspiration and guidance to anyone passionate about and committed to building a global organization.”
—Leonard A. Schlesinger, President, Babson College, and former Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Limited Brands

“This book is a wonderful addition to Mother Teresa’s legacy. A fantastic journey that gave me insight into simple principles that can be profitably applied to any organization. Bose and Faust reveal a previously unrecognized facet of this extraordinary woman’s life, one that provides lessons any leader can benefit from. Profound, engaging, and packed with insight. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.”
—Gloria Nelund, cofounder, Chair, and CEO, TriLinc Global, and former Head, Private Wealth Management Division for North America, Deutsche Bank

About the Author

Ruma Bose is a successful entrepreneur and executive in the consumer industry with over 15 years of experience. In 1992/1993, Ms. Bose spent eight months in Kolkata working with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity. Currently, she serves as President and Co-CEO of Sprayology, a homeopathic and vitamin wellness company. Her career in business includes developing strategies that have raised millions for profit and non-profit ventures. Louis Faust, III is a businessman with more than 25 years of corporate experience. Most recently he was President of Newdea, Inc., a collaboration platform for philanthropic impact. He also is the Managing Partner and Co-founder of Colorado Technology Partners, LLC. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Faust has held a number of board and senior management positions, having run three institutionally funded companies during this time.

More About the Author

Ruma Bose is a serial entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, and author. In 1992/1993, Ruma spent time in Calcutta working with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity.

Ruma is currently president and co-CEO of Sprayology, an innovative wellness company that sells vitamin and homeopathic oral sprays. Previously, Ruma worked as a venture capitalist, advisor, and executive at many early-stage companies in the consumer industry. She cofounded a national floor-finishing company in the janitorial services industry. She then moved to the beauty industry, where she was president of a leading boutique cosmetics firm in New York City and advised several luxury brands as a managing director at Sage Beauty Group.

Ruma currently serves on the boards of SecretBuilders, an online children's edutainment firm, and Brooklyn Equities, a fashion portfolio company. She is also an active philanthropist, serving on the boards of the Aquaya Institute, SEED NY, and Kopernik. She enjoys traveling, boxing and discovering the world, preferably with her nephew Simon by her side.

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I loved her spirit.
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Well documented in clear and simple language for anyone in a leadership role to utilise.
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The book was interesting reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Wu on June 27, 2011
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This is a great book to be read more than once. A casual reader might feel somehow "tell me something I do not know", but this is precisely the point. If these simple principles can enable Mother Teresa to build a global organization, it sure will help average Joe. Not everyone is a manager or a wanna-be entrepreneur. But everyone is a leader; you lead yourself. This book is very simple but may takes time to understand. For example, "Joy of Discipline". How do you feel joy out of discipline? Well, read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ruthjoec on June 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There is a part of us that realizes that those religious leaders who have built large orders with multiple institutions must have some sort of management skills, yet is is generally their faith and their good works, not their leadership for which we remember the saints. However Ruma Bose and Lou Faust have analyzed Mother Theresa as a leader and tried to determine why she was successful and how that success could be imitated and transferred to business enterprises.

The book is divided into chapters by the principals described. They are:
Dream it Simple, Say it Strong
Dealing with the Devil to get to the Angels
Wait! Then pick your moment
Embrace the power of doubt
Discover the joy of discipline
Communicate in a language people understand
Pay attention to the janitor
Use the power of silence
The chapters begin with a story either describing an encounter the author had with Mother Theresa or telling a story about her life. The story is then tied into the principal and then the author tells how that principal was used in a business situation.

I enjoyed the stories about Mother Theresa and her sisters. As far as the management end of it, well, I'm not a manager, so I have a hard time saying whether the advice is good or not. The book was interesting reading. The only problem I had was that I thought the business examples were just too vague. I know it is hard in a book like this to walk the line between giving advice in a manner that it seems only good for widget making or whatever other particular business you are using as an example, and giving advice so general that it is hard to figure how to employ it in a specific situation. There were at least a couple of occasions on which I thought to myself that it would be nice to have had a better idea of what the problem was and how the principal in question was used to solve it. Grade: B
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CabriniFan on September 10, 2011
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As a not-so-young entrepeneur and practicing Catholic I had to pick up this book! Ruma Bose & Lou Faust collaborate in an inspiring book. They present Mother Teresa as a powerful leader and servant. One could say this is a contradiction, but after reading this book you understand that there is no true leadership without service, and no true service without leadership. Bose & Faust manage to verbalize the work of the Holy Spirit that moved Mother Teresa in the contemporary language of today's leaders thus demonstrating one of Mother Teresa's principles: COMMUNICATE IN A LANGUAGE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND. This proves that both authors have internalized the spirit of Mother Teresa, and perhaps that is the biggest impact of this book, that in writing it the authors demonstrate that Mother Teresa's -unexpected principles for practical leaders- ARE achievable. Definetively not another "leadership book", this book is daring and in my opnion a classic. Why? Because Mother Teresa's message is timeless. Thank you Ruma Bose for bringing Mother Teresa to those of us who never had the honor of meeting her.
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I loved her spirit. She is my spiritual compass. I never realized she was an economic power house! DD Vasseur
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By Sas on April 14, 2013
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This is a simple, yet powerful description of successful servant leadership. It can be applied to a variety of contexts. In this day and age, it's inspiring to hear a story about effective leadership driven by principles.
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By Morgen on January 20, 2012
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Little did I know about this amazing Mother Teresa. Very interesting to read this academic analysis of altruistic work. Well documented in clear and simple language for anyone in a leadership role to utilise. Make a vision and said it loud!!!!
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