Nelson Mandela

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"So how does one draw a connection between the statesmanship of Nelson Mandela, the sleaziness of Bernie Madoff and Ken Lay and the surreal world of Hans Christian Andersen? Well, Michael Friedlander does it brilliantly, logically explaining in an immensely readable, personable and witty way how Mandela’s political principles can be employed as a didactic device to detect financial scams and cry out, like that fantastic child, “But the emperor isn’t wearing anything at all!”

Steven Linde,
Editor-in-Chief,
The Jerusalem Post

 

 

 

 

 

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detecting the scam:
nelson mandela's gift

We publish books that shine a light on leadership... Our first published book is "Detecting the Scam: Nelson Mandela's Gift."

 

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"Even before the Madoff scam, as corporate and individual corruption reached new heights, we came to realize that we could no longer rely on our finest and brightest to protect us against brewing scams. It became increasingly apparent that when integrity threatens the fees and profits of some of our finest and brightest, they abandon integrity too easily.

Author Michael Friedlander offers an intriguing and distinctive perspective on recent high-profile scams by studying them through the lens of Nelson Mandela’s life, skills, and moral authority. In his readable, conversational storyteller’s style, he explains complicated subjects such as the financing behind the Enron and Madoff scams in easy-to-understand terms.

He describes the scam as a negotiating duel between the scammer and his mark. As he looks at Mandela’s life and historic negotiations to end apartheid, he extracts 10 Powers of Negotiation and illustrates how they can be used not just to detect scams, but in any type of negotiation. He emphasizes, however, the need for a moral compass and the courage to follow it. Using his own Duck School of Common Sense, he raises some provocative questions about the Enron, Ahmed Chalabi, and Bernard Madoff scandals. It’s an unexpected approach to learning from the high-profile scams that will no doubt intrigue many readers. This is a must read for anyone interested in scams, negotiation, ethics, and Nelson Mandela."

 

Reviews

Read the most recent reviews of Detecting the Scam: Nelson Mandela's Gift. The following are extracts:

Steven Linde, Editor-in-Chief,The Jerusalem Post

"So how does one draw a connection between the statesmanship of Nelson Mandela, the sleaziness of Bernie Madoff and Ken Lay and the surreal world of Hans Christian Andersen? Well, Michael Friedlander does it brilliantly, logically explaining in an immensely readable, personable and witty way how Mandela’s political principles can be employed as a didactic device to detect financial scams and cry out, like that fantastic child, “But the emperor isn’t wearing anything at all!”

Dr. Martin Sherman, B.Sc, MBA, Ph.D
(political science and international relations)

"Detecting the Scam: Nelson Mandela's Gift by Michael Friedlander is an intriguing book with a refreshing and original take on the fascinating topic of highprofile deceit and deception. It offers a distinctly original perspective on the art of negotiation and of diagnosing stratagems of deception that will appeal to a wide range of readership. Friedlander draws on his long years of experience as an international lawyer and senior business executive in the US, Europe and the Middle East to conduct an evaluation of the mechanisms and machinations of some of the most well-known scandals of the last decade in finance and international politics. His highly engaging analysis spans episodes such as the Enron bankruptcy, the Madoff embezzlement and the Ahmed Chalabi debacle in Iraq."

Ian Browde
international business development expert,
formerly with Apple and Nokia

"Detecting the Scam: Nelson Mandela’s Gift by Michael Friedlander is a remarkable book that delves into the exceptional mind and actions of an extraordinary 20th Century leader and points a laser beam at certain high-level deception perpetrated in the past 2 decades...
Detecting the Scam is compelling as it shows us how critical integrity is in any context, business or otherwise. It shows how leveraging integrity is actually a very powerful approach to doing business and can be the way for 21st Century companies to succeed while cutting the clutter, overruns, stress and generally high cost of the alternatives..."

Kevin Cimring cofounder and coo Jemstep, inc.

"The book offers great insights and information on many levels: Mandela's life story per se is extraordinary and Friedlander's treatment of this remarkable piece of history is superb. He adds great insights, unique nuggets of detail and fascinating anecdotes not found in other `Mandela' books I have read. Overlay that with great lessons about negotiation and tie it all up with practical application to the modern day scourge of Madoff-type scams and you have a truly original and engrossing book that is worth devouring from start to finish."

Dr. joel batzofin

I believe this work should be prescribed reading for students of all ages but especially those in college, about to enter the work force. We need a greater commitment to the culture of integrity and moral authority and we need to move away from deception and skulduggery and blatant dishonesty in dealings. With a greater awareness of the principles outlined in this fascinating work, no longer will people be able to hide behind the "everyone is doing it" mentality. A most educational and intellectually stimulating work, which I recommend highly to any student.

Christopher J. Albertyn,
president Albertyn Arbitration,
Toronto, Canada

Michael Friedlander has written an excellent book. He has taken Nelson Mandela's life and values as the model for how to conduct ethical negotiations; Nelson Mandela who led South Africa from apartheid and division into a unified non-racial democracy. Mr. Friedlander contrasts Mr. Mandela's high ethical standards against the dirth of ethics common in contemporary business practices and negotiations... The outcomes of Mr. Mandela's ethical negotiations are real accomplishments for society and humanity... The book should be required reading in business and law schools around the world. It is a valuable work for all who negotiate.

 

 

Michael Friedlander talks about his book