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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  • 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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  • Back in 1973, prompted by the Yom Kippur war, the Arab boycott of Israel really took off. One of the most notable effects were those Japanese car companies, who with the exception of Subaru, refused to do business with the Holy Land. And today in 2017? BMW, Volkswagen, Toyota et
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  • Vision, goals, live your dreams - all these beautiful catch phrases seem to be bounced around freely, almost to the point of meaningless. So, when it comes to running an organization, why do business mentors and coaches like myself harp on about smart goals? I was drawn to this question by
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  • Israel, the 'start up nation'; it is phrase so often repeated that it almost loses its significance. So it was refreshing to read about three pieces of news this week, which illustrate just how dynamic the Israeli economy remains. We learnt that the Chinese government is setting up the first
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  • On Thursday night last week, the UK Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn failed yet again to win a British General Election. However, his jabs at his rival, Theresa May, secured a few broken ribs, despite her starting out the campaign with all the heavy gloves. What happened and why is
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  • There has been much good news this week about the Israeli economy. Writing in the Financial Times, Sir John Reed observed how the success of 'Israel Inc' has defied isolation. The OECD's latest analysis is incredibly optimistic. Growth will remain strong, if a little lower, at around 3.25% in 2017.
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  • In a series of articles on Israel, CNBC television has noted that "Hightech makes Israel dream of other industries". Quoting Avi Hasson, the former head of Israel's Innovation Authority, they reported: Traditional definitions of high-tech and low-tech are out of date. Everything is getting technologized. There's not a single sector
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  • Israel has spent a week marking 50 years since the onset of the 6 Day War. A pre-emptive strike saw a tiny country change overnight. Jerusalem was reunited. The West Bank and the Golan Heights commenced on a period of unprecedented economic growth. It is difficult to ignore the negative
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  • Israel is known as the 'start up nation', a wonderful compliment for a country which is 50% and whose economy was effectively bankrupt back in 1985. And today? Just look at the news for the past week alone: A) Hexadite, a cyber company set up in 2014 and which employs
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