Rice Wine with the Minister

Distilled Wisdom to Manage, Lead and Succeed on the Global Stage

Authors: Kakabadse, N.

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Becoming a global leader is an increasingly necessary aspiration, but one that requires hard work and self-awareness. The authors explain what it takes to manage, lead and succeed on the global stage and highlight the importance of understanding local customs and being aware of the cultural differences when conducting business internationally.

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ANDREW KAKABADSE is Professor of International Management Development, Cranfield School of Management, UK. Andrew was the H. Smith Richardson Fellow at CCL, North Carolina, USA and is Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster; Macquarie Graduate School of Management; Thunderbird and at Swinburne University. His research covers boards, top teams and the governance of governments. He has published 32 books, over 200 articles and 18 monographs.

NADA K. KAKABADSE, BSc Grad.Dip MSc MPA PhD is currently Professor in Management and Business research at the University of Northampton Business School, UK and the co-editor (with Andrew Kakabadse) of the Journal of Management and Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society. Nada has published widely in areas of leadership, application of IS/IT in corporations and society, corporate governance, government, boardroom effectiveness, diversity management and ethics, including 16 books, 62 chapters in international volumes, 3 monographs and over 150 scholarly and reviewed articles.


'Rice Wine is a heady brew of global leadership skills and capabilities and a fascinating read for those with worldly leadership responsibilities.' - Dr James McCalman- CEO, Windsor Leadership Trust, London, UK

'Andrew and Nada Kakabadse have tackled one of the most important topics today in the context of the increasing globalisation of the world's economy. It is one of the best books I have read in years on cross-cultural leadership and management and the series of fascinating stories and anecdotes ensure a most entertaining journey of discovery for the reader.' - Professor Aidan Kelly, Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland

'Global leaders need local cultural awareness. Rice Wine with the Minister will help!' - Frank Brown, Dean, INSEAD, Paris, Singapore, Abu Dhabi

'Rice Wine The Executive's Essential Guide to Global Cultural Difference.' - Sir John Parker, Chairman, National Grid plc and Chairman Anglo American plc, UK

'This book offers us an extraordinary journey into the secrets, wisdom and dangers of leadership in the global arena. It is a priceless tool for anyone involved in the challenge of managing a business internationally.' - Professor Antonio Gomes Mota, Dean, ISCTE Business School, Portugal

'Humility is the essence of good global behaviour. The skill sets identified in Rice Wine with the Minister are useful for all leaders from all countries. So leave your ego in your Western Hotel room and go forth and do business!' - Yasmin Allen, Director IAG& Chair Macquarie Global Infrastructure Fund, Australia

'Few business commentators have such a sophisticated understanding of the demands of global leadership as Andrew and Nada Kakabadse. It is always worth listening to what they have to say.' - Stefan Stern, Management Writer, Financial Times, UK

'To succeed in international business, you need to be able to understand and identify with your potential client. Rice Wine with the Minister underlines and explains in a unique way this need. It is one of those rare books that are easy to read but at the same time extremely useful.' - George Vassiliou, Ex President of the Republic of Cyprus and Visiting Professor, Cranfield School of Management, UK

'Andrew and Nada Kakabadse's analysis of the various influences and challenges on doing business in a globalised world is both broad ranging and profound. It draws on history, philosophy, cultural analysis and current business practices that reflect their intellectual discipline and their wide ranging experience and profound in that it draws together many different insights into a well argued and coherent whole. Most importantly it is clearly and concisely written and will be of assistance to senior managers and leaders who are working in this increasingly complex and interwoven world.' - Dr Christopher A. Bell, CEO, The Leadership Consortium, Australia

'The world needs leadership here is how to succeed.' - Rosemary Howard, Executive Director and Conjoint Professor, AGSM Executive Programs

' of those rare books that captures the scenarios we all face, and distils out manageable and memorable 'shots' of wisdom to help smooth our paths on this complex global invaluable anthology of cultural insights...provides every leader intent on unravelling the mysteries of global leadership with an unprecedented window on a world of cultural differences and definitions.' - European Management Journal

'This book is an extraordinary journey into the secrets, wisdom and dangers of leadership in the global arena. It is a valuable tool for anyone involved in the challenge of managing a business internationally, because becoming a global leader is no longer a desire; it is a reality!' - Business Executive

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Rice Wine with the Minister
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Distilled Wisdom to Manage, Lead and Succeed on the Global Stage
Palgrave Macmillan UK
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