The Patron Saint of Business Management

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Insomniac Press, 2002 - Personnel management - 177 pages
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After decades of faddish management styles that emulate everything from samurai warriors to Napoleon to intrepid yet unsuccessful British explorers, we have arrived at a workplace environment chararcterized by a lack of job security, low employee morale and a lack of employee loyalty. It is time for a common-sense way to manage people and their work. Enter St. Benedict ... St. Benedict was an Italian cleric who set up the first monasteries in the West in the fifth century AD and established the Benedictine Order. In his book, The Rule of St. Benedict, he sets out in clear and easy-to-understand language the basics of organizing and motivating people. Since St. Benedict's time 1,500 years ago, the Benedictine monks have run universities and hospitals, foundries and wineries. They have monasteries on five continents and their organization has survived wars, revolutions and plagues. They must be doing something right.
 

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Contents

Introduction
The Life of Saint Benedict
History of the Benedictine Order
Asceticism and Monasticism
vii
Rule 1 Of the Kinds of Life of Monks
xi
Rule 2 What Kind of Man the Abbot Ought to Be
xv
Rule 3 Of Calling the Brethren to Counsel
xxiii
Rule 4 Of Obedience
xxvii
Rule 21 Of the Sick Brethren
101
Rule 22 Of the Aged and Children
105
Rule 23 At What Times the Brethren Should Take Their Reflection
107
Rule 24 Of Those Who Are Tardy
109
Rule 25 Of Those Who Fail in Any Other Matters
113
Rule 26 Of the Daily Work
115
Rule 27 Of Brethren Who Work a Long Distance from the Oratory Or Are on a Journey
121
Rule 28 Travelling and Returning the Same Day
123

Rule 5 Of Silence
xxxi
Rule 6 Of Humility
xxxv
Rule 7 Of the Divine Office During the Night
xlix
Rule 8 How the Divine Office Is to Be Said During the Summer Season
xlvii
Rule 9 Of Reverence at Prayer
xlix
Rule 10 Of the Deans of the Monastery
71
Rule 11 Of Excommunication for Faults
73
Rule 12 How Concerned the Abbot Should Be About the Excommunicated
77
Rule 13 Of Those Who Having Often Been Corrected Do Not Amend
79
Rule 14 Whether Brethren Who Leave the Monastery Ought to Be Received Again
81
Rule 15 How Young Boys Are to Be Corrected
83
Rule 16 and 38 Cellarers and PriorsAssistants
85
Rule 17 Of the Tools and Goods of the Monastery
91
Rule 18 Whether Monks Ought to Have Anything of Their Own
93
Rule 19 Whether All Should Receive in Equal Measure What Is Necessary
95
Rule 20 Of the Weekly Servers in the Kitchen
97
Rule 29 Of the Reception of Guests
125
Rule 30 Monks Receiving Letters or Anything Else
M-129
Rule 31 Clothing and Footgear of the Brethren
M-131
Rule 32 Manner of Admitting Brethren
M-135
Rule 33 Of Priests Who May Wish to Live in the Monastery
M-141
Rule 34 How Stranger Monks Are to Be Received
M-143
Rule 35 Of the Order of the Monastery
M-147
Rule 36 Of the Election of the Abbot
M-153
Rule 38 Of the Porter of the Monastery
M-159
Rule 39 Brethren Sent on a Vacation
M-163
Rule 40 If Commanded to Do Impossible Things
M-167
Rule 41 Defending One Another
M-169
Rule 42 That Brethren Be Obedient to One Another
M-171
Rule 43 Of This That Not the Whole Observance of Righteousness Is Laid Down in This Rule
M-175
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Anna Farago is a freelance journalist who lives in Toronto. She is the author of How to Survive the Recession and the Recovery (Insomniac, 2002).

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