The Swordless Samurai

Leadership Wisdom of Japan's Sixteenth-Century Legend---Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Kitami Masao; Edited and with an Introduction by Tim Clark

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In a time of endless chaos and bloodshed, when the only law was the law of the sword, a peasant boy named Hideyoshi dreamed of becoming a samurai. Despite his lack of strength and size, he learned to outthink and outmaneuver every foe to become not just a samurai, but one of the greatest military and civic leaders Japan has ever known.  Hideyoshi’s timeless leadership secrets offer effective strategies for succeeding in business, con?ict, and life, and are destined to take their place beside such classics as The Book of Five Rings and The Art of War

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Chapter One

Gratitude, Hard Work,

Bold Action, and Devotion

So, boy. You wish to serve me?” 

Silhouetted against the blue-black sky, the man on horseback, with his horned helmet, towered over me like a demon as I knelt in the dirt before him. I could not see his face, but there was no mistaking the authority in his growling tone, nor the hint of mockery in his question.

I tried to speak and managed only a faint croak. My mouth had gone dry, so dry I felt as if I were dying of thirst. But I had to respond. My fate—and though I didn’t know it then, the fate

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Praise for The Swordless Samurai:

“Hideyoshi is no typical business guru, but his lessons have inspired generations of executives. . . . I spent more than a decade in Japan, and The Swordless Samurai is valuable reading for anyone doing business there or looking for a deeper understanding of timeless leadership principles.” ---Ken Belson of The New York Times

“The wisdom of this sixteenth-century samurai is astonishingly prescient and pertinent for twenty-first-century leaders.  Practical wisdom at its best.” ---Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, USC, and author of On Becoming a Leader

“A must-read for anyone trying to steer their organization down the right path.” ---Brendan I. Koerner, contributing editor, Wired magazine


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About the Author

Kitami Masao; Edited and with an Introduction by Tim Clark

TIM CLARK spent ten years working in Japan, founding a pioneering Asia-focused marketing research consultancy that was acquired by a public corporation. Today he lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches graduate entrepreneurship courses while pursuing doctoral business studies through Hitotsubashi University. He blogs at SoulShelter.com.

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The Swordless Samurai
Leadership Wisdom of Japan's Sixteenth-Century Legend---Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Kitami Masao; Edited and with an Introduction by Tim Clark

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
July 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312382339
ISBN10: 0312382332
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$17.99

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July 2013
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ISBN: 9781466848986
ISBN10: 1466848987
272 pages
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