Afternoon Tea in Jerusalem Blog

Life in Israel

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Israeli commercial life and society

In addition to my work as a business coach, one of my interests is blogging about life in Israel. This is a country full of contrasts – over eight million citizens living in an area the size of Wales. You can see snow and the lowest place on the globe in the same day. Although surrounded by geopolitical extremes, Israel has achieved a decade of high economic growth. My work brings me in contact with an array of new companies, exciting technologies and dynamic characters. Sitting back with a relaxing cup of strong tea (with milk), you realise just how much there is to appreciate in the Holyland. Large or small operations, private sector or non profit, my clients provide experiences from which others can learn and benefit.

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  • As far as Israelis are concerned, Syria has probably hated them longer than any other member of the Arab League. So, when you look at the new exports sent from Jerusalem into its northern neighbor, you have to take another peep at what is going in. By way of background,
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  • Describing the role and importance of a business coach or mentor is never very easy. After all, why should a non-expert in your field be able to create extra value for you, your department and your company? Let me try to explain through a case study. Last month, I completed
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  • Israel's political map could be about to implode. In countries, such as the UK, the hatred of Israel is actively encouraged in some parts on mainstream politics. However, for all of these and other worrying issues, something beautiful is also happening. Israel's first vegan supermarket recently opened for business, with
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  • The numbers of tourists visiting Israel has reached an all-time high. Compared to the first six months of last years, 2017 has recorded a 26% rise in visitors to 1.74 million in total. The majority are not Jewish. A 76% increase to 57,000 from China. A 30% rise to 160,000
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  • Has the Israeli start-up juggernaut ground to a proverbial standstill? Exits in the first half of 2017 were valued at just 20% for the whole of the previous year. The value of an exit at US$34 million was considerably less than the past five years. To be blunt, the number
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  • At the end of 2016, Amazon super-boss, Jeff Bezos, made a swift and secretive visit to Israel. Why invest in Israel? Well, it is the start-up nation, and Amazon has seen the number of its new patents rise from 7 in 2009 to 78 in 2016. This move was initially
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  • Another hot summer afternoon in Israel. Another client who has botched a wonderful opportunity to make an important sale. Why do people not learn? And why do I have to start explaining the issues when I am parched? So, there I was sitting with a very decent, educated team, just
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  • Yesterday, I was talking to a client in Jerusalem, an expert in mobile and app development. We discussed the importance of the role of leadership - the motivation of teams - when considering the successful outfits he has been associated with. I contrast this reflection with three pieces of news emanating from
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  • Find your KPIs! This is a standard call put out by business coaches and mentors to their clients. These are your key performance indicators that are supposed to tell a senior manager if they are producing enough or selling enough or doing whatever correctly. And magically, if it is the
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