Monday, October 8, 2018
Book Review: 'Born Leaders' by David Amir
"What would it take to bridge the quality gap between current and required leadership"
Israeli author David Amir has acted as CEO, COO and Business Development Senior Vice President in leading high-tech companies, initiating breakthroughs, and leading them from the concept stage to development and marketing throughout the world. Witnessing the industry's major changes and the internet disruption that changed the "rules" David has gathered unique insights and a clear perspective on the essentials for true leadership. Throughout the years it became evidential that the demand for professional managers has increased with time, and the sparse supply of them leads the world to compromise on a mediocre level of management and leaders. It is of note that he dedicates this book to managers and leaders who create change.
David manages to share his expertise on business management in a novel format that by rights is a technothriller. His writing is pungent and palpable – ‘Terrible hammers pounded at his temples, threatening to explode his head. He struggled to open his eyes and felt grains of sand scratching his eyeballs, so he quickly shut his eyelids in surrender. He couldn’t control his limbs and only the pain they radiated to his miserable head let him know they were still there. The thoughts that crossed his suffering mind were foggy, confused, and depressing. His heart pounded quickly and every attempt to understand what was happening to him was in vain. Breathing was a huge effort, accompanied by searing pain, and he managed to draw only small amounts of air into his lungs in short, shallow breaths; the pain kept him from breathing more deeply. When he tried to move his arms, he discovered that they were too stiff and heavy for him to budge. He could move his head slightly from side to side, and if he could only open his eyes he might be able to investigate his surroundings. With his fingertips he felt the mattress he was lying on. “A straw mattress? I didn’t think those still existed,” he noted to himself, storing that meaningless bit of information away in his brain. He tried to make a sound, but he failed and paid for the effort with intensified pain. With no choice left, he decided to open his eyes in spite of the expected scratchiness. His plan was to open them quickly to shorten the suffering, but his eyelids actually moved with sadistic slowness and tortured him with excruciating discomfort. As soon as his vision steadied a bit he began to take in his surroundings. First, he realized that the mattress was laid on the floor of what seemed to be a neglected shack, desolation screaming from its every corner. Then he noticed that an IV tube was imbedded in his right arm, the bag suspended from a splint improvised out of an old piece of wood.
“I wonder what they’re pumping into my bloodstream,” the wounded man thought, apathetically, and continued his scan. Both of his legs were immobilized—splinted, he figured, to two wooden boards. He guessed that he had broken bones, which would explain the pain that shot from them to his tortured brain. Across from him was an old cracked sink and on the left was a two-burner stove. On one burner was what appeared to be a medium-sized water tank, steaming gently, and on the other was a frying pan. Next to the mattress were a few cardboard boxes piled one on top of the other, with the open ends facing the room and some articles of clothing stacked in them. That was the closet. When he was done with his survey, he formulated a few questions for himself in the hopes that he might find answers to them: “Where am I? What’s happening to me? Why am I lying like this on the floor instead of in a hospital? How was I injured? And who am I, anyway?” But instead of answers, waves of pain flooded his brain in a way that rendered it almost entirely dysfunctional.’
That setting pleads explanation and the synopsis shines a light on the developing story: ‘Imagine waking up injured in a miserable shack with no memory of what happened! When a desperately wounded man regains consciousness, he finds himself lying on a straw mattress in a desolate shack. An improvised IV embedded in his arm, he is in excruciating pain with no recall of how he got there, how he was wounded, or his own name…Across the Atlantic, a huge global corporation is in the throes of a serious crisis. The brilliant CEO brought in to save the day is struggling valiantly, but so far his best efforts have not succeeded. Meet amazing Adam Stone, whose management strategy captivate the world! Adam Stone, a mysterious visionary, seems to have all the answers. With endless patience and determination, and a trailblazing theory of leadership and management, he works steadily to pull everything together into a master plan for the revolution that will astound the world. What will it take for Adam to get all of the pieces to fall into place?’
A fine tale, a manual for learning creative leadership, and the need for change – it is all here in this well scribed novel, important for may reasons.
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