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Accidental Executive: Lessons on Business, Faith and Calling from the Life of Joseph
Albert M. Erisman
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Format: Hardcover, 202pp.
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers
Pub. Date: May 1, 2015
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He spent time both as a slave and as a leader in Egypt. He rose from a prison cell to the palace as Pharaoh’s second-in-command. His name was Joseph, and in this book his well-known biblical story is presented with new perspective, shedding light and wisdom on life in the workplace.
Part workplace manual, part spiritual guidance, this book combines great insight and practical tips that every working person needs on their shelf. Forged from the author’s own work experiences and interviews with business leaders across the world, The Accidental Executive teaches us the importance of living a life of integrity—whether you’re at the top or bottom of the corporate food chain.
Along the way you’ll see how Joseph dealt with issues that are still common in the business world today. Learn from his example how to deal with success as well as failure, how to work hard regardless of your circumstances, how to create and execute a strategy, how to deal with temptation, and how to gain perspective on the purpose and meaning of work.
Faith has so much more to do with business than we have ever been taught before, and this book creates a path for top-level executives and young professionals alike to follow.
“Al Erisman brings us a fresh understanding of leadership lessons from the life of Joseph as he compares them to his own experiences and those of the many business and thought leaders he has interviewed over the last fifteen years. In so doing, he emphasizes the importance of integrating faith with work in a way that honors God.”
—C. William Pollard, Chairman Emeritus, The ServiceMaster Company
“What a refreshing and inspiring book! Al Erisman does something that I would have thought impossible. He makes the ancient story of Joseph come alive with many wise insights . . . This book should be at the top of the reading lists for folks who care deeply about how faith in Christ can inform best practices of business leadership.”
—Richard J. Mouw, PhD, President Emeritus and Professor of Faith and Public Life, Fuller Theological Seminary
“Finally, a fresh look at Joseph’s life from the perspective of business, work, and individual calling . . . A must read for anyone interested in finding greater meaning in their job.”
—Honorable Edmund C. Moy, 38th Director of the United States Mint, 2006-2011
“Al Erisman illuminates the story in such a way that I felt I was traveling through life with Joseph—and what a life he lived! . . . Every chapter is an extraordinary combination of imagination, analysis, application, and profound wisdom. Regardless of one’s age or circumstance in life, this book is worth reading and then reading again.”
—Don Flow, Owner and CEO, Flow Automotive Companies
“Al Erisman is uniquely able to dig deep into the Biblical story of Joseph and connect it to the lives and stories of business leaders in our day. Why? Because he’s been a business leader himself and he’s interviewed hundreds more. The Accidental Executive is personal, lively and enjoyable reading, and points us to the God of the Bible who cares about the work we do every day in service of the world that he loves.”
—Leary Alsdorf, Senior Fellow, Redeemer City to City
“The story of Joseph was drawn to my attention as I was stepping into my appointment as CEO of the Singapore Exchange. It has inspired me through the years. Al has masterfully woven this ancient story into contemporary perspectives of business leadership.”
—Hsieh Fu Hua, Co-founder and Adviser, Primepartners Group
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About the Author
Albert M. Erisman is the executive in residence and past director for the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University. He teaches business ethics and business and technology both at the undergraduate and the graduate level, and is also co-teaching a doctor of ministry cohort at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary on the theology of work.
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