Author(s): Alan J. Lurie
Imagine the leaders of one of New York City's top real-estate firms coming together every Monday morning to hear...the moral and spiritual thoughts of a Rabbi. Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall? To hear the paths Alan Lurie traced for his listeners, how he helped them bring together their spiritual and business lives, the sacred and the profane? Five Minutes on Mondays compiles these talks for the first time, sharing Lurie's deep and profound inspiration on the challenges we all face-at work, and in life. Lurie draws on millennia of philosophy, theology, and science to help us answer our deepest questions, comfort our deepest yearnings, and become better people-more connected to each other, and to the Greater Purpose. * Prosper while keeping your integrity * Balance faith, honor, and ambition * Use your workplace as your moral and spiritual "gymnasium" * Find deeper meaning and purpose in your work * Face your fears and failures, and keep going * Gain real respect-and give it * Live one authentic life-at work, and everywhere else
Rabbi Alan Lurie has a unique background. He is currently a Managing Director at Grubb & Ellis, a national real estate service firm, following a 25-year career as a licensed architect. He is also a non-denominational ordained Rabbi, teaching, leading prayer services, and writing on issues of faith and religion. This combination of meeting the demands of the business world while attending to the needs of the spirit gives Alan both insight into and access to a diverse community. His wife, Shirona, is a Jewish Cantor, singer, and accomplished songwriter. They live in Rye, New York.
Introduction xv Donkey for Sale: Ethical Wealth 1 Justice on the Train: Offering Criticism 9 Try Them, Try Them: Developing Persistence 17 Door Openers: Spiritual Leadership 25 Who Needs You?: Working Together 33 Listen Up: Effective Listening 41 I Don't Know: Respectful Conversation 49 In the Beginning: Keeping Resolutions 59 Prelude to Disaster: Building Confidence 65 Eureka!: Using Intuition 73 Something Creative: Accessing Creativity 81 Do You Mean It?: Discovering Meaning 91 You're Finished!: Embracing Change 99 Alone on the Sofa: Finding Truth 107 The Superior Object: Resolving Conflicts of Interest 115 Hey, You Screwed Up Again!: Transforming Mistakes 121 Making Stuff Up: Reacting Objectively 129 Waiting for Nobel: Overcoming Feelings of Inadequacy 137 Self, Actually: Being Authentic 145 Return That Call: Enlightened Self-Interest 153 So, a Horse Walks into a Bar... Taking Time for Laughter 161 What If?: Facing Fear 169 The Aim of Existence: Cultivating Happiness 177 The No Negativity Event: Living with Optimism 185 A Thankfully Short Message: Living with Gratitude 195 The Power of Three: Living with Balance 201 Take a Breath: Directed Meditation 209 Go Forth: Starting on the Spiritual Journey 217 The Lonely Man: Balancing Faith and Ambition 223 What's in Your Pocket: Integrating Opposites 233 Index 243