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

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 155 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Emmaus Road Publishing
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Clare Cannon
Dec 15, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 14 years+ (spiritual)
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 exper
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Rebecca
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
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Steve
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, Andrea
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Rvincent324
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 und ...more
Holly
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 no seemingly useful. Or someone who is doing something particular but questions it. The reader gets a real personal sense of Blessed John Paul here too, obviously, but in a sense that inspires emulation j ...more
Susan
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 w ...more
Debbie
I thought it was a great book. The book is geared for those in a position of leadership like a CEO but even though I am a "stay at home Mom" I found the advice very useful. I think anyone would gain something from reading this book. I also loved getting a glimpse of what things are like as a Swiss Guard and reading the stories told regarding the Pope.

In compliance with FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Jim
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
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
I am a sucker for books about JP2. Interesting stories from a former Swiss Guard member and insightful reflections on leadership style.
Joe
drawing life lessons from inspiring behavior and modelled actions...a very helpful business book
Marcelle
Solid book, fascinating read, down to earth. Really liked it.
Leona
Informative and spiritual. Good writing and easy to read
Kirk Newland
Slow to start but ended strong
Wendy
This is an excellent book!
Deb
Jun 20, 2012 Deb rated it 5 of 5 stars
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