Monday, December 29, 2008

The Spiritual Manager

Ted Demopoulos has warned about the taboo of writing about religion on your business blog. So I won't mention "religion." Let's talk about what I'll call "Hasidism and the Art of Business Management."

I've written about Moshe Kranc and his book The Hasidic Masters' Guide to Management before. Think Peter Drucker meets the Baal Shem Tov! Now Kranc has started a new blog he calls Hasidic Management. He will be posting sections from his book, as well as new stories and insights on Jewish ethics-based management. In today's anything-goes world of business, we can use some spiritual guidance.

Which reminds me of a story.
Reb Meir Premishlaner would hike daily up an icy slope to use the Mikvah (ritual pool). Despite his age, he seemed to make the trip with great ease--a feat which prompted a group of youths to attempt the difficult trip themselves. They, however, were unable to make the trek, and returned to the town bruised and sore. When asked how he managed to make the trip, Reb Meir replied,

"One who is tied above does not fall below."

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