Leadership Wisdom from the Monk who sold his Ferrari – Intro

Robin Sharma is a leadership consultant and prolific author who has written many books on the topic of leadership and personal renewal. His most famous book is “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” and was published in 1997. This book became a best-seller with more than three million copies sold (as of 2013). It has been translated into more than 70 languages and published in over 50 nations. The book develops around two characters, Julian Mantle and John, in the form of conversation. Julian narrates his spiritual experiences during a Himalayan journey which he undertook after selling his holiday home and red Ferrari. A successful trial lawyer, Julian collapsed from a heart attack while arguing a case in court, and his lengthy recovery led him to seek a spiritual path in the Himalayan mountains after receiving wise and practical lessons which brought drastic changes in his life.

I just finished reading one of the book’s sequels: Leadership Wisdom from the Monk who sold his Ferrari. I found it interesting and I will start summarize what Robin calls the 8 Rituals of Leadership so that you can have an idea of the thoughts expressed in this other book.

This book, which is similar in style to the first one, also tells the story of Robert, a successful CEO of a rampant software company called GlobalView, who has a very “Diminisher” attitude. Because of his leadership style, the company is experiencing a crisis of unprecedented proportions. At the height of this crisis, Robert is contacted by this strange individual dressed like Buddhist monk who is nobody else but his old friend Julian Mantle, the lawyer who had a Ferrari and then all of a sudden disappeared after his heart attack.

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Alberto has a 25-year plus career in Local Government which began as City Manager in Italy. He currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Lake Country in beautiful Central Okanagan BC. In addition, Alberto is Adjunct Professor to the Political Science Department of the University of Northern British Columbia and teaches a variety of local government related courses. He has developed a series of lectures on Leadership and Ethics and is designing a Project Management course aimed at Local Government and public sector practitioners. Very active in both his professional and academic life, Alberto has served as President of the Local Government Management Association of BC and the Association of Records Management Administrators of BC and Yukon. He also served as member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Tsunami Recovery Committee for the reconstruction of communities and local governments in Sri Lanka and Indonesia hit by the 2004 Tsunami and managed an FCM capacity building program with the City of San Fernando, La Union in the Philippines while with the Township of Langley. Alberto has earned facilitator certifications with Franklin Covey and Cognitive Edge, and continues to foster his interest in personal education and professional development. He is an avid reader, music lover, and science fiction movie aficionado. He plays guitar and piano for fun and sings with his wife and his children. He is also very active in his church and community being a former Rotarian and currently serving as the Second Counselor in the Thompson Okanagan (Vernon Stake) Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, his most important interest is his family: his wife Silvana and their two children Victor and Grace.
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