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John Paul II showed me what real leadership looks like. He modeled for me how to pursue our God-given potential. Not coincidentally, this also makes us and those around us better employees, more capable of and more willing to work hard at building a stronger company. That s something that makes both good human sense and good business sense. - Andreas Widmer Former Swiss John Paul II showed me what real leadership looks like. He modeled for me how to pursue our God-given potential. Not coincidentally, this also makes us and those around us better employees, more capable of and more willing to work hard at building a stronger company. That s something that makes both good human sense and good business sense. - Andreas Widmer Former Swiss Guard, CEO and business leader Andreas Widmer gives a behind-the-scenes look into Pope John Paul II, the most authentically human person I ve ever met, and reveals how those memories shaped and forged his success as a corporate executive. In what papal biographer George Weigel calls a powerful example of leadership at work, Widmer recounts his personal experiences serving Blessed Pope John Paul II in the Swiss Guard, and the secrets of successful leadership that he learned at the feet of the great pope....

Title : The Pope & the CEO: John Paul II's Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard
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The Pope & the CEO: John Paul II's Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard Reviews

  • Clare Cannon
    2019-05-28 07:44

    An intriguing and uplifting book. I've always been curious about the life of a Swiss Guard and this offers the perfect balance of interesting real-life anecdotes and wisdom obtained from life-experience looked at through the lens of a deep spiritual faith.Widmer shares many interesting personal stories from his life as a Swiss Guard, moving memories of working with John Paul II, and his own struggles as a young Christian with so many conflicting ideals. He goes on to consider the corporate experience of his later life and how he managed - or failed - to live up to his earlier calling.He offers practical and deeply spiritual steps to help young Christians unite their faith, profession and personal life. He explores the topics of vocation, prayer, ethics and the human person (here he applies JPII's beautiful theology of the human person to everyday life), exercising free will, preparing for the future while living in the present, developing personal and professional talents, choosing to do what is right, living in moderation, and humility and the freedom won through detachment.Recommended as an interesting, enlightening, and very encouraging read.Reviewed for

  • Rebecca
    2019-06-10 10:42

    Now I'm not a catholic and I'm certainly not a CEO but I was very pleased when the "You're a goodreads winner" email dropped in with notice about this book. And that's because I am intrigued by Pope John Paul II. I can't help but be fascinated by a man who just seemed so, well simply put, good. This book gave me a taste, but probably against it's own values it tempts me. I want more. I loved the stories about the Pope's daily lives and his dealings with the Swiss Guards and how that can transfer across to your daily working life. And there was a bit of that, but just not enough. I know that Andreas Widmer has some amazing stories, even those that seem mundane to him and I wanted to know more about his current work and those failures he's had prior to this current business. This was a bit of a surprise self-help book really and I wasn't expecting it. I'm not sure whether I failed to read the giveaway details properly or whether it's just not wholly clear, but I wasn't ever going to do the end-of-chapter reflection exercises, though I did read them and think about them. My mum is going to love this book. She's a catholic convert and I know it'll give her many talking points, it's already been a discussion between me and many people, because if you just take one lesson from it about how to be a better person, then as far as I'm concerned, this book has done it's job. Pope John Paul II said "Whatever you shall be in life, whichever calling you choose, remember, that the fundamental calling of a human being is to have humanity." He puts it far more eloquently than my base level of belief, the single rule of Beckyism - "Don't be a shit to people". Either way works for me. And now I'm done being preachy. I won this book through Goodreads FirstReads and would like to thank Andreas Widmer for his book and kind message.

  • Steve
    2019-06-16 12:47

    Disclosure: I received this book for free through First Reads. Thanks to the publishers for allowing me to read this book for an unbiased review.The Pope in the title is John Paul II, and the CEO is—well, John Paul II again, or the author, Andreas Widmer, or ... you!You don't need to be Catholic or a CEO to benefit from reading this book. You don't even have to be Christian. I think anyone looking for more practical spirituality in their life will like this book.In a nutshell, the author, Andreas Widmer, finishes school in Switzerland and, not sure what he wants to do, kind of falls into working at the Vatican as one of the Swiss Guard, the Pope's traditional bodyguards.Next he moves to America to be with a girl and study International Business. He marries the girl, and with her encouragement, takes an unpaid internship at a small tech startup. The internship leads to a job, and by the time of the startup's IPO he is a Vice President. He moves to a second company, and when it is acquired for $600 million the shares he receives are worth enough to leave him financially independent. Here's what's interesting: his wife feels uneasy and wants him to sell the shares, but he ignores her wisdom. Then it comes out that the new company is fraudulent, the shares tank, and his fortune disappears. Burned out from overwork and feeling betrayed by the new owners, he stops to re-examine his life. He reflects on what he learned during his two years of close contact with John Paul II and begins applying that in his marriage, in his work, and in his own life.After twelve years of unconventional success, Andreas Widmer shares what he has learned in this book.The overarching framework is the Three Vocations. There's the universal vocation to be a child of God. Your primary vocation is your spiritual lifestyle: married and in the world, single and in the world, or a full-time religious life. Your secondary vocation is your work.I find this metaphor freeing:our vocation is the way in which we give back to God what he has given to us. It's a bit like when you give your child art materials—paper, brushes, pencils, colors, glitter, glue, scissors, wiggle eye stickers and pom-poms—then ask them to "use all this material and make something great. Go ahead—be creative!" You then wait excitedly until they come back and proudly present the latest creation. You of course love it and, just as proudly, display it at your office or in your kitchen.The author's explanation of the Examen, a way of cultivating spiritual awareness, was helpful to me: "One way to do this is at the end of the day ask yourself how you feel spiritually about what's going on in your life."

  • Rvincent324
    2019-06-05 10:36

    The Pope & The CEO is my new favorite book of 2012. It is a really interesting story of a young man (Widmer) and what he learned from John Paul II while serving as a Swiss Guard in the late eighties. Widmer took these lessons with him into the world of business, although it took many years for him to fully understand the things he had learned while guarding the Pope. In fact, it is pretty clear that when Widmer left the Swiss Guards after just a couple of years of service he didn't fully understand many of the lessons he had learned. It took some time, and the sort of "education" only experience can provide, to bring these principles home for him.Part biography, part autobiography, and part business text, the book manages to keep the proper balance between all three. For those of us who work in business, and lead others, there are lessons we should know, but either never learned, haven't yet figured out how to apply, or haven't thought were important enough to apply. Seen through the perspective of our spiritual development, and desire to get to Heaven, the principles presented demand our attention. For example, chapter 6, Know Your Team, really challenges the notion that work is ultimately about results. Widmer forcefully posits that work, like everything else in life, is really about relationships.Clearly Widmer admires John Paul II and provides many vivid examples of behavior from the Pope that we should model in the business world as well as our personal lives.At 147 pages The Pope & The CEO doesn't take long to read and would make an excellent addition to your summer reading list.

  • Holly
    2019-05-25 06:59

    I didn't buy this book for myself but ended up reading a bit and couldn't put it down! This book is for everyone...anyone and everyone who, well, works and lives. Also, for anyone who has a feeling they were meant to do something particular but discount it because it is not overtly Christian or not seemingly useful. It is also for someone who is doing something particular but questions its value. The reader gets a real and personal sense of Saint John Paul here too, obviously, but in a sense that inspires emulation just as it has in Andreas. That's the special quality of this book; I can't say enough about it, it was wonderful from beginning to end. It will be a blessing to anyone who reads it.I'll let an excerpt from this book sum it up:"All men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece." Saint John Paul II

  • Meera
    2019-06-13 05:30

    An insightful book with spiritual and practical guidance. It could be applied in our everyday lives. The story and journey of Andres Widmer starting as a Swiss guard and from there on is well summed up. The influence the Pope had on Andres Widmer’s life was inspiring to read. The book throws light on how humble; spiritual the Pope was; to add to his personality, he also had a sense of humour. The book advises gives advice on leadership, business ethics and how one should be true to your principles, to find balance between work and family, etc. At the end of each chapter, there are questions for reflections to ponder up. Anyone looking for inspiration could read this one.

  • Susan
    2019-06-16 09:31

    This interesting book is written by a former Swiss Army Guard who served the Pope. The book gives insight into Pope John Paul II's approach to life, and how the lessons this author learned from the Pope can be applied to life. Although the author details how CEOs can benefit from Pope John Paul II's approach, and provides reflection questions, I think anyone in a leadership role would benefit from reading this book, including parents, volunteers, and anyone in a leadership role in the business world. Well written book, I enjoyed it.

  • Jim
    2019-06-05 11:40

    I found this book very interesting the way author told about time as a Papal Guard to John Paul 2 and his short meetings with the pope and just watching the pope interact with people influence his life when he left the Swiss Guard and went into different business and help strength his belief and trust in God. Thanks to Goodreads give away I had a chance to read this book.

  • Nicholas Langlois
    2019-06-07 09:42

    Good business book - interesting lessons learned from the Pope, then spun to apply in the business and home world. The strongest idea here would be to give time for family and fun while at work. Without a strong family, there is no support for the individual, or the community.

  • Anne
    2019-05-27 12:51

    I am a sucker for books about JP2. Interesting stories from a former Swiss Guard member and insightful reflections on leadership style.

  • Marcelle
    2019-06-17 09:51

    Solid book, fascinating read, down to earth. Really liked it.

  • Debra
    2019-06-11 05:38

    Was a hard read for me but I enjoyed it, being Catholic it held my interest and I would recommend it to all faiths to read. He was an amazing, inspirational leader.

  • Kirk Newland
    2019-06-17 11:44

    Slow to start but ended strong

  • Joe
    2019-06-22 05:52

    drawing life lessons from inspiring behavior and modelled actions...a very helpful business book

  • Nancy
    2019-06-01 04:59

    You don't have to be Catholic or even christian to appreciate the lessons learned in this book.