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Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work


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Profound moral and spiritual inspiration from where you might least expect it: a Manhattan boardroom!

  • "Five Minutes on Monday": the weekly talks of a Rabbi who's also VP of a top real estate firm.
  • Insights to change your life: how to find unity and peace, embrace uncertainty, and grow by treating work as your "spiritual gymnasium."
  • Meditations on teamwork, success, honesty, gratitude, and balance: a wonderfully original voice, grounded in the highest human traditions.
  • Description

    • Copyright 2009
    • Edition: 1st
    • Book
    • ISBN-10: 0-13-700778-7
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-700778-3

    Imagine the leaders of one of New York City’s top real-estate firms coming together every Monday morning to hear…the moral and spiritual thoughts of a Rabbi. Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall? To hear the paths Alan Lurie traced for his listeners, how he helped them bring together their spiritual and business lives, the sacred and the profane? Five Minutes on Mondays compiles these talks for the first time, sharing Lurie’s deep and profound inspiration on the challenges we all face–at work, and in life.

    Lurie draws on millennia of philosophy, theology, and science to help us answer our deepest questions, comfort our deepest yearnings, and become better people–more connected to each other, and to the Greater Purpose.

    • Prosper while keeping your integrity

    • Balance faith, honor, and ambition

    • Use your workplace as your moral and spiritual "gymnasium"

    • Find deeper meaning and purpose in your work

    • Face your fears and failures, and keep going

    • Gain real respect–and give it

    • Live one authentic life–at work, and everywhere else

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    Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work: Developing Persistence

    Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work: Ethical Wealth

    Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work: Offering Criticism

    Introduction to Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work

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    Table of Contents

    Introduction     xv

    Donkey for Sale: Ethical Wealth     1

    Justice on the Train: Offering Criticism     9

    Try Them, Try Them: Developing Persistence     17

    Door Openers: Spiritual Leadership     25

    Who Needs You?: Working Together     33

    Listen Up: Effective Listening     41

    I Don’t Know: Respectful Conversation     49

    In the Beginning: Keeping Resolutions     59

    Prelude to Disaster: Building Confidence     65

    Eureka!: Using Intuition     73

    Something Creative: Accessing Creativity     81

    Do You Mean It?: Discovering Meaning     91

    You’re Finished!: Embracing Change     99

    Alone on the Sofa: Finding Truth     107

    The Superior Object: Resolving Conflicts of Interest     115

    Hey, You Screwed Up Again!: Transforming Mistakes     121

    Making Stuff Up: Reacting Objectively     129

    Waiting for Nobel: Overcoming Feelings of Inadequacy     137

    Self, Actually: Being Authentic     145

    Return That Call: Enlightened Self-Interest     153

    So, a Horse Walks into a Bar... Taking Time for Laughter     161

    What If?: Facing Fear     169

    The Aim of Existence: Cultivating Happiness     177

    The No Negativity Event: Living with Optimism     185

    A Thankfully Short Message: Living with Gratitude     195

    The Power of Three: Living with Balance     201

    Take a Breath: Directed Meditation     209

    Go Forth: Starting on the Spiritual Journey     217

    The Lonely Man: Balancing Faith and Ambition     223

    What’s in Your Pocket: Integrating Opposites     233

    Index     243

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