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Why You Should Read The Pope and the CEO This Summer

We invited the authors and publishers of our Catholic summer reading selections to send us short posts explaining why their titles were worthy of your time this summer. If you haven't already voted on your top three selections, go do that now.

Emmaus Road explains why The Pope and the CEO makes perfect reading this summer:

With today’s vacuum in business ethics and the unstable economic environment, business leaders are looking for stability and meaning to everything they do. And since business affects our relationships at home and our relationships at home affect our business, leaders are looking for reflective answers that can help them optimize their leadership skills at the office through building virtuous characters at home.

Between running day-to-day operations and brainstorming ventures, CEOs and business leaders don’t have a lot of downtime for reading summer books. So this book is the top biz-read this summer if you want to see old problems in new ways. You’ll want to get back to work! Reading The Pope and The CEO by former Swiss Guard, CEO and business leader Andreas Widmer will seem more like pleasure than business—especially with the lure of the beach, chaise longue, or even in the airplane seat. Widmer gives a fascinating behind-the-scenes look into his friendship with Pope John Paul II and reveals how their relationship shaped and forged his success as a corporate executive. You’ll learn successful leadership lessons that Widmer learned at the feet of the great pope, as if you sneaked into the top-secret Vatican enclave and pressed your ear to the wall. The story-driven format provides real-life examples of how Widmer made dramatic changes in his personal and work life, how company values play out in day-to-day operations, how change can happen and last, and how ethics and integrity build business empires. CEOs, entrepreneurs and anyone who aspires to add those titles to their resume will develop simultaneous success in both their personal lives and business careers. That would make a great summer, and it’s only one read away.

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