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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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  • What are you worth, at work?

    2019-04-24 05:16:13
    I was chatting with a relative yesterday. They were describing how their boss and company owner was so manic that they had installed secretly cameras in the office - checking up on what time staff came in, while they were thousands of miles away in a different time zone on holiday.
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  • Easter, Passover, almost Ramadan....the main religions seem to be in shut down mode. And yet the economic meanderings of Jerusalem, Israel, suggest otherwise. Netanyahu won the general election less than two weeks ago. How he builds his coalition will be interesting. It is clear that he wants to try to
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  • This week, I attended at networking meeting in Jerusalem. Leading local companies were asked to present to a packed forum what they contribute to the local and international economies. Nothing too original in that, but together they made a loud deafening noise. (I took no formal notes. So my observations
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  • It was a great few hours last Sunday evening. A packed Jerusalem coffee house listened to two lecturers, explaining the connection between working out and improving your work environment. (Side bar: To cut the technical jargon, there are four chemicals in the brain that do good things for us, when
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  • It is an accepted fact that Israeli general elections are determined by who is seen as the best person to lead the country safely and courageously through a war, if so needed. You can talk about the corruption charges launched at Prime Minister Netanyahu. You can argue that his main
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  • The unnamed Lieutenant-Colonel from the Israeli intelligence forces said that they cried, when his team realised that they had identified the body of Zechariah Baumol. Somehow, after 37 years, the Israeli army had tracked down his place of burial. With the help of Russian President Putin and a third country,
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  • Last week, I questioned if the Israeli economy truly needed another four years of a Netanyahu-style government. This comes on top of a warning from the Bank of Israel that growth is beginning to show signs of slowing down. But not all is gloom and doom. Yesterday, I spent an
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  • The 2014 speech by Admiral William H. McRaven went viral and is still going round Facebook. The core line is that marines are commanded to make their bed every day so that they start the morning with an achievement. Book that one small issue and then you will have the
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  • April 9th 2019. Election day in Israel. It is not so much of who will be the biggest party, but which block on the political map will win. For now, Netanyahu's right wing grouping has a slender lead, just. For most of Israel's 71 years and in direct contrast to
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