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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  • In theory, it should be relatively easy to discern the level of success in business mentoring or coaching. Sales - or some other key performance indicator (KPI,) such as production – has improved. However, what happens in a case when the client has not achieved the results originally dreamed about? Has the
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  • AT&T choose Israel, again

    2017-11-18 19:35:13
    AT&T have been operating in Israel for over ten years. "The center functions like a startup incubator generating solutions for AT&T". It is typical of many of the other leading multinational high-tech companies like Apple, which have established a bullish presence in the Holy Land. There are over 350 overseas
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  • Jonny Srouji is one of those characters that proves how high-tech is open to all. An Israeli, Christian, via Intel and IBM, he has made his way up the ladder to become Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies. In an interview last week, he gave a fascinating summary, detailing
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  • Is Israel a model state?

    2017-11-11 19:18:00
    According to Emily Thornberry, the British Labour Party's Foreign Secretary-in-waiting, Israel is not a model state for its neighbours to emulate. And her core argument is based on her judgment of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and the Golan Heights. Thornberry is a lawyer, possessing a strong background in
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  • Next week, I am onboarding in Jerusalem a new client, as their business mentor and coach. My role as ever will be to identify core problem areas that they have missed and then to help them to learn new skills. As ever, I will base my initial work around the
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  • Having been away from my desk for much of the past two weeks, it has been an interesting experience taking a peak out at how the Israeli economy has been performing. The bottom line is that despite the enforced rudderless approach of Prime Minister Netanyahu, the numbers are still looking
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  • The World Bank's latest report on the Palestinian economy points describes 2% growth rate in Gaza, trying to support an unemployment rate of over 40%. Clearly this is unsustainable. What can be done? The recent moves of reconciliation between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) offer some hope. According to
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  • In a brilliant article in the Harvard Business Review “turning potential into success“, the three authors succinctly detail why so many large companies fail to nurture a culture of leadership development. The paper details eight levels of competence that an organisation may look for in a potential leader, the importance
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  • Frequently, one of my first requests as a business mentor is to help my client 'sort out' one of their own customers. And the reality is that this is a customer that they do not need. Thus my issue becomes one of explaining why they need to let go of
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