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Lessons from a Warzone: How to be a Resilient Leader in Times of Crisis

Louai Al Roumani

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Portfolio Penguin
02 April 2020
Memoirs; Economics & Business; Financial crises & disasters; Business strategy; International business; Management: leadership & motivation
A STORY OF HOPE, PERSEVERANCE AND RESILIENCE IN THE MIDST OF WAR Louai Al Roumani was head of finance and planning at one of the largest banks in Syria, when the war broke out in 2011.

In Lessons from a Warzone, Al Roumani shares his very personal account of coping with the day-to-day realities of leading an organization in dangerous and hostile conditions. His story shows how inspiration can come from the unlikeliest of places - from the timeless wisdom of merchants in ancient souks to the changing patterns of military checkpoints. During that time, not only did the bank remain robust when others faltered - it thrived and became the undisputed leading bank as people's trust in its capability to safeguard their life-long savings strengthened.

In this book, Al Roumani distils the knowledge and skills he and his colleagues developed while steering the bank through four impossible years into ten lessons applicable to any leader facing a crisis today. His valuable, and often counterintuitive, advice - ranging from resisting over-planning to hacking your own IT department to cutting costs (but not morale) - will help anyone understand how to be resilient even in the most challenging of times.
By:   Louai Al Roumani
Imprint:   Portfolio Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   386g
ISBN:   9780241404850
ISBN 10:   0241404851
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   02 April 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Louai Al Roumani was the head of finance and planning at Banque Bemo Saudi Fransi (BBSF), the largest privately-owned bank in Syria when the conflict broke out in 2011. He has over 14 years' experience in various finance and strategic planning roles across the Middle East and UK. Louai studied in Beirut and Boston and now lives in London with his wife and works for UNICEF UK as Finance Business Partner.

Reviews for Lessons from a Warzone: How to be a Resilient Leader in Times of Crisis

Contains powerful lessons about resilience that show how companies can come out of crises better and stronger if they focus on long-term opportunities, no matter how tough it gets in the short term * Ana Botin, Executive chair, Banco Santander * A very inspiring book... it contains powerful lessons about resilience. His bank's story shows how companies can come out of crises better and stronger if they focus on long-term opportunities, no matter how tough it gets in the short term. Louai helps us put our current difficulties into perspective... and shows us how not to underestimate adversity A compelling guide for leaders grappling with the pandemic... the lessons in resilient leadership in turbulent times that Roumani offers are universal. -- Pilita Clark, Financial Times A remarkable book telling business leaders what to do when disaster strikes * The Times *


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