Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work
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Rabbi Alan Lurie has a unique background. He is currently a Managing Director at Grubb & Ellis, a national real estate service firm, following a 25-year career as a licensed architect. He is also a non-denominational ordained Rabbi, teaching, leading prayer services, and writing on issues of faith and religion. This combination of meeting the demands of the business world while attending to the needs of the spirit gives Alan both insight into and access to a diverse community. His wife, Shirona, is a Jewish Cantor, singer, and accomplished songwriter. They live in Rye, New York.
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
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Both inspiring and thought provoking,
This review is from: Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work (Hardcover)Alan Lurie is a Rabbi and thus - I presume - has spent many hours pondering deep philosophical questions and thinking about the meaning of life. It shows. While he may not have any answers for you, he does have questions and observations that will knock your own thinking machine off its habitual paths and and get you thinking about your own life and dilemmas in fresh ways that enable you to discover the answers you are seeking.
For example, he tells the story of the philosophy professor who posits that the true test of any philosophical belief itself is paradoxical. In other words the belief must be internally self-contradictory. Initially this seems perverse, even stupid. As you begin to ponder the implications - and he helps you travel some of this path - you realize that this is actually very profound. In fact, there are entire schools of Eastern practice based on wrestling with the conundrums of paradox utill the thinking mind simply gives up. That opens up the way to a... Read more
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
30 short passages with diverse messages and quality,
This review is from: Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work (Hardcover)The first few passages are well written and concise, with great stories, quotes and substance. So I picked this book, only to find the quality dropped real fast. His words were most helpful and charming when he told stories of the Jewish Tradition and say, the "Eureka!" one of Archimedes. Pity that the author had not taken full advantage of his wisdom and knowledge as a Rabbi to open the eyes and minds of his audience. Actually I could not recall much of what I had read at all. Readable, but not outstanding as a self help or inspirational book.
p.s. Below please find some of my favorite passages for your reference.
Of all the skills of leadership, listening is the most valuable - and least understood. Most captains of industry listen only sometimes, and they remain ordinary leaders. But a few, teh great ones, never stop listening. That's how they get word before anyone else of unseen problems and opportunities. - Peter Nulty pg46
Seven qualities... Read more
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Five Minutes on Mondays,
This review is from: Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work (Hardcover)These are amazing essays on life, attitude and tolerance.
They are inspirational and enjoyable.
Alan Lurie is a gifted thinker and writer.
Can I give it 6 Stars?
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Table of Contents
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
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