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Thomas D. Zweifel

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Although still dominating our thinking and actions, traditional leadership approaches no longer work in today’s complex global markets. In an age of democratization, flattening hierarchies and virtual teams, leaders emerge in all walks of life and require a transformation of management: the mindset of command-and-control is simply too cumbersome and bureaucratic. But management practice has mostly failed to catch up, let alone to capitalize on the new landscape. Our behaviors are still dictated by old myths – and the costs and lost opportunities are enormous.

Leadership is in crisis—from business to government, from religious institutions to the UN, leaders have lost their compass. And in the rough seas of a borderless economy, the Internet, and outsourcing, a seismic shift has changed the game: Virtually anyone can lead now. But how do you breed principled leaders? Is leadership a matter of DNA, culture, or coaching? The answer comes from an improbable source: the 3,000-year-old tradition of Judaism. Torah, Talmud, and Kabbalah hold life-and-death leadership challenges, including stories of insurmountable odds, ethical dilemmas, lust and betrayal, and offer astonishingly practical lessons for 21st-century managers. In a unique synergy, Dr. Zweifel has teamed up with Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin, dynamic Jewish leader and author of Letters of Light, to blend the timeless wisdom of the Ten Commandments with a cutting-edge methodology based on twenty-five years of coaching leaders—a mix that provides innovative tools and techniques for lasting success. This multi-disciplinary, entertaining and action-packed workshop builds on Dr. Zweifel and Rabbi Raskin’s acclaimed new book The Rabbi and the CEO: The Ten Commandments for 21st Century Leaders (SelectBooks 2008) and offers leaders a kind of power all too often missing in boardrooms. Standing in the rich, over 3,000-year-old tradition of Jewish thought, it makes the timeless wisdom of the ages and sages directly relevant to today’s business leaders.

Most organizations have a strategy. Many strategies fail. Why? Because of a divorce between the strategy designers who build the strategy behind closed doors, and the implementers who never truly own the strategy. What is missing is an approach that bridges the gulf between strategy formulation and execution. Strategy-In-Action is a systematic, evolutionary and dynamic seven-step process that aligns people on a strategic intent, gets immediate results through targeted catalytic projects, and feeds the learnings back into the strategy to galvanize further strategic action. Strategy-In-Action has worked in various organizational settings in the private, nonprofit and public sectors—from Haiti to Hamburg.

Globalization cannot be stopped; we must adapt and learn how to be global citizens. But few leaders are prepared for working across borders, and the costs of cultural blindspots in mergers, outsourcing and virtual teams can be immense – from lawsuits to lost opportunities. Through entertaining and insightful case studies and interactive processes, Dr. Zweifel challenges participants’ assumptions about their own and their colleagues’ cultures. He introduces you to key intercultural competencies and tools it takes to manage across cultures anywhere in the world, for example how to orchestrate effective global meetings or videoconferences; how to decode any culture with the Global Integrator™; and how to navigate the rough seas of global markets with the Global Leadership Pyramid™.

Often leaders have a great vision, but cannot communicate it effectively, inspire their people, or turn their vision into results. Just as often, an organization’s staff has insight and information that never makes its way to the top. The difference between a good company and a great one may lie in their ability to communicate. Through fascinating stories and interactive processes, Dr. Zweifel tells hilarious and deadly serious stories of failed communication and provides tools and techniques for how to cut out wasteful communication and how to listen effectively—perhaps the smartest investment in productivity. Avoid the Four Deadly Sins of Speaking, and climb the Matterhorn of Masterful Listening™.

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