Lessons from a Warzone
Louai Al Roumani

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Narrated By: Nezar Alderazi

Duration: 6 hours and 32 minutes

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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.

© Louai Al Roumani 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


Economic & financial crises & disasters, Business strategy, Autobiography: business & industry, International business, Management: leadership & motivation, Risk assessment, Memoirs, Banking

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A remarkable book telling business leaders what to do when disaster strikes

The Times

A compelling guide for leaders grappling with the pandemic... the lessons in resilient leadership in turbulent times that Roumani offers are universal.