Jesus Christ points the way to heightened professional relationships in THE GOLDEN RULE. Not as the spiritual or religious leader the world has known, but as an outstanding professional, the world has yet to know. He is the unmatched leader who walks tall; a powerful communicator who touches hearts and minds; and a peerless teacher who influences by example.
The Golden Rule is the story of a group of earnest non-Christian professionals who embark on a journey of discovery. Their mission is to find a role model who will help them change their wayward professional lives. When they find JESUS, they find answers to questions that teased them. (Most of the book is conversational.)
Targeted Age Group:: Adults of different age groups.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The personality of Jesus always fascinated me – right from my childhood. As a Senior management professional, a Corporate trainer for top management and a Professor of management studies, I had the good fortune of interacting with many professionals. Some stood out with strength of character; most proved to be poor imitations – with feet of clay. Even the good ones were found wanting in testing times. That led me to a search for a model. I looked in many places, only to find limitations in the ones that had a semblance of leadership. My search ended in JESUS – the outstanding leader – whom I researched extensively. The Golden Rule is that story – told through a team of professionals. (Most of the book is conversational.)
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I figured that a book with such a theme had to be nonfiction that reads like fiction. Therefore, I set it in a corporate situation with professionals asking and answering questions that puzzled them. Some were opposed to the idea of making Jesus the role model, because they saw Him only as a religious leader. It takes the CEO much time and effort to convince his team that JESUS can also be seen, minus his halo. He was human in all respects and left lasting examples of a leader beyond compare. It is this discovery that the book uncovers.
As they (the professionals) returned to their offices they found a copy of the NEW testament and a note (from the CEO), which read: ‘You are shocked. Please do not feel guilty. I understand. We are professionals who shall not fear checking options. Check this option, I implore you. If it is promising we pursue it. If not, we drop it. Please find time to read the New Testament (Gospels) and the additional sheets. Knowing you, I promise you one result – you’ll enjoy it. Read the New Testament like you would read Stephen R. Covey or Tom Peters or your favorite management author. Disregard the religion in it. Do we consider the religious beliefs of Covey or Peters when we read them? We take in only the professional insights. In the same way, look for life-changing clues in the material I have given you. I am going to count on your doing just that. I am going to count on your ushering in change.
May the best of your past, be the worst of your future!
Ignatius Fernandez, post graduate in chemistry and business management. Certificate awarded for higher business English by Cambridge University, UK. Senior management professional. Professor of management studies. Corporate trainer for top management. Counselor. Speaker. Blogger. Author of seven books and over sixty articles for professional and religious magazines.