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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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  • Last week, I discussed how so many CEOs earnestly create a business culture, only not to practice what they preach. This results in employee disgruntlement, lost motivation and eventually a draw down on the bottom line of the P&L statement. I do want to mention the latest article by Dr.
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  • I have recognized that there are three elements to a culture: behaviors, systems, and practices, all guided by an overarching set of values. A great culture is what you get when all three of these are aligned, and line up with the organization’s espoused values. When gaps start to appear,
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  • This week, Palestinians are being encouraged to demonstrate, and in some cases, violently. Today, America will open its embassy in Jerusalem. Tomorrow will see the culmination of six weeks of riots on the border with Gaza, which ties in with Naqba Day. One of the motivating factors behind these tensions
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  • Today, Sunday 13th May, is Jerusalem Day, recalling the unification of the city in 1967. Tomorrow, the USA will formerly moves its embassy to the Holy City. Tuesday is Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), which Palestinians describe as the day when the modern state of Israel was created in 1948.
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  • The hostile interview conducted by the BBC of the Israel ambassador in London, Mark Regev, is seen as typical as to the way many view the government in Jerusalem. Somehow the show's host seemed to ignore that Iran had sent a fuselage of 20 rockets of Israeli civilian centres and
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  • My friend Seth Vogelman, a commercial connector from Jerusalem, sent me an intriguing blog called "The unintended consequences of a too-nice work culture" by Jonah Sachs. Bottom line? Lower level colleagues are so afraid of offending others that vital information is not passed on and upwards. In other words, the
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  • Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba, has described Israel as "incredible", a very neat follow up to a recent post, where the question was posed "what makes Israel so different?". I raise the issue because this week the Holy Land is yet again forced to defend itself against its verbal protagonists.
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  • Last week's demonstration by approximately 2,000 Jews in central London against overt anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party provoked one very definitive outcry by observers of all religions. To summarise: How is it possible that in the year 2018, in a country that prides itself on accepting differing cultures and
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  • In order to change the world, you need to change your mind. This is a line, which is almost lost in the finale of a great musical by the name of Kinky Boots. I can assure you that once you think about it, you will realise how powerful it is.
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