About the Book:
Rare book, very limited quantities available
A Fortune 500 CEO and a U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations show how the Bard's shrewd understanding of palace politics and the strategies of warfare can be applied in today's corporate world.
Shakespeare is timelessly wise and eternally popular, and his plays are packed with essential insights into human psychology and the use and abuse of power. Like almost no other dramatist, Shakespeare looks deeply into what it takes to be a leader, and how leaders need to act under demanding and extreme circumstances. In Shakespeare in Charge, authors Norman Augustine and Ken Adelman show how Shakespeare's shrewd understanding of palace politics and the strategies of warfare can just as easily be applied to the twists and turns of the corporate world.
Divided into five acts — On Leadership, Confronting Change, Making Your Play in Business, Risk Management, and Crisis Management — Shakespeare in Charge guides the reader through crucial issues that face every corporate player, with close readings of key scenes from Shakespeare's plays and real stories from the world of modern business. Here Falstaff meets Victoria's Secret, Cleopatra tangles with the Internet, and Hamlet wrestles with AT&T. Each act concludes with Acting Lessons that present the essence of Shakespeare's wisdom.
More than just an entertaining guide to a new aspect of Shakespeare's remarkable legacy, Shakespeare in Charge is full of penetrating advice about leadership in a changing world. Whether it is looking at Henry V's amazing ability to motivate a team facing almost certain defeat and turn the situation around, or King Lear demonstrating the perils of poor estate management, Shakespeare in Charge reveals the Bard's management genius in its full glory.
What people say:
"Shakespeare in Charge is timeless and timely. Kenneth Adelman and Norman Augustine have given us a wonderful comparison between the wisdom of the Bard and the wisdom of the current captains of industry. Lighthearted, insightful, and cleverly informative - a neat read, recommended.." — General Colin Powell (Retired)
"Norman Augustine is a star at both managing and teaching — talents that blend with those of Kenneth Adelman to the reader's benefit in this practical and engaging book.." — Warren Buffett
"That organization and management are universal challenges has become a commonplace. And one should therefore expect poets to have dealt with the problem. Amazingly, until Shakespeare in Charge by Ken Adelman and Norman Augustine, no author has pursued this line of inquiry. Adelman and Augustine have now done so masterfully in a book embodying the poet's insight in a way that is a lot of fun to read." — Henry Kissinger
About the Author:
Norman Augustine is an American businessman and former Fortune 500 CEO who is often compared to former Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and former Intel CEO Craig Barrett for his national leadership in technology.
Kenneth Adelman is an American political writer, policy analyst, former US Ambassador to the United Nations, and Shakespeare buff. He taught Shakespeare at Georgetown University and later at George Washington University.