Methods, policies, procedures, techniques, audit programs, checklists, articles and tools about Enterprise Governance, Risk, Compliance, Strategic, Operational, Finance, IT and other internal corporate controls and how all of these improve the enterprise governance, strategic and operational aspects of private and public-sector organizations in all business functions of the modern organizations and enterprises.
This book 'Ancient Greek Pearls of Wisdom for the 21st Century' is
about guiding and supporting you to improve your personal, professional and
business life in our current 21st century society.
This is achieved by:
1. Presenting a set of Ancient Greek Pearls of Wisdom in each area of life
(wealth, governance, friendship, etc.) and proposing a solution in responding
to basic questions in each such area (e.g. 'Why should I believe in the Supreme
Being? and What do I need religion for in my business activities?)
2. Summarizing the impact of several noted ancient Greek thinkers to the world
and the relevance of their contributions today.
3. Offering you, an Improvement Approach (The Pandora Way) based on Ancient
Greek Wisdom (for each area: governance, wealth, association with others,
self-management, education and family, etc.) including: over 60 'tips', more
than 40 'golden rules' and numerous (over 20) 'recommendations' that you may
consider and use to manage yourself, your family and your business more
effectively and potentially make your life better.
The ancient Greek wisdom pearls relate to:
(a) The maxims, quotations and sayings (over 600) of the Oracle of Delphi, the
Seven Sages and other well-known ancient Greek thinkers: Aristotle, Plato,
Socrates, Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Epicurus, etc.
(b) Four hymns, the Hippocratic Oath, 9 fables of Aesop, several short stories
(over 17) and the works and thoughts of noted ancient Greek philosophers, poets
and intellectuals, such as: Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Heraclitus, Epicurus,
(c) The real-life examples and stories
of the every-day life and activities of ancient Greeks.
The book contains:
A foreword, a preface, ten chapters (one for each area of living, such as:
governance, wealth, etc.), three appendices, and a bibliography.
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maxims of the Oracle at Delphi (Maxims of Delphi), the most famous religious
location of Greece for over 1000 years were made up of very brief quotations
(two to five words) full of wisdom and moral values. The subject matter they
deal with varies from religious faith, to obedience to law, how to treat
friends, how to behave in a just manner, education, country, way of life,
maxims, 147 in total, were inscribed in the frontal columns at the temple of
the god Apollo, at the Oracle of Delphi. They were copied on single marble
tablets and were transported to all parts of the Ancient Greek World, as the
writing on paper or on parchment was not known at the time.
It should be noted that these 147 maxims of Delphi
embodied the complete universe of values for the ancient Greeks. The number 147
equals 3 times 7 times 7 (or 3x7x7). The meanings of numbers in the ancient
Greek world were quite important.
Number 3 represents divine perfection, and in
Pythagorean terms completion.
Number 4 represents the whole creation, as there are
4 seasons in a year, 4 winds, 4 directions, 4 elements (fire, water, air and ,
Number 7 is the combination of 3 and 4, and
represents the universe. Also Apollo’s lyre (musical instrument) had 7 strings,
there were 7 sages, etc. In Pythagorean terms 7 is a cosmic number with 3 of
heaven and 4 of the world. Number 147, being 3x7x7, represented all divine
values for all universes (a universe of a universe).
if not all, of these maxims (e.g., ‘Follow God’, ‘Obey the law’, ‘Worship God’,
‘Respect your parents’, etc.) have been attributed to the seven sages of
Ancient Greece: Thales, Pittacos, Bias, Solon, Cleovoulos, Periandros, and
Chilon, who are also credited of having their own quotations, as well. For a full list of these maxims, quotations
and sayings see my book ‘Pearls
of Wisdom of the 7 Sages of Ancient Greece’ at Amazon.
Ethical maxims and quotations play a significant role in shaping our
every-day life and social interactions with others, as they embody simple rules
to memorize and follow and thus make our life easier as they provide a level of
assurance that we are doing the right and accepted thing.
These Oracle of Delphi maxims and the quotations and sayings of the Seven Sages cover all areas of
living, such as:
1. Religiosity (faith, worship,
religious behavior, God, praying, etc.),
2. Governance (protect home
country, society, laws, ruling),
(wealth, protection of self and property, profit, finance, etc.),
4.Principles, Virtues and Values for
Association with Others (friendship and love, peace and hate, anger,
justice, honor, goodness, murder and vice, wisdom, mercy and forgiveness, and happiness),
book (in 2 parts) contains a wealth of general information on production
systems, methods, policies, procedures, controls and management tools and
offers several practical recommendations you may consider and use to improve
your production operation.
1 of this book, in summary, describes the maintypes of
production controls, such as:
Production Policies and Procedures,
Production Management Duties and Responsibilities,
Manufacturing Process Controls,
Quality Management Controls,
Production Performance Management Controls, and
Performance Measures for several areas (innovation, inventory control,
manufacturing, production cost, etc.).
This book provides you, the business owner, board
member, company director, senior manager, auditor, other stakeholder, etc.,
with a useful set of practical tools to assist and support you in reviewing and
improving the performance of your small, medium-size or large company.
1. A general business model of five dimensions: ‘C1’
for customers, ‘P1’ for people, ‘P2’ for property, ‘P3’
for production and ‘P4’ for performance.
2. Description of several performance-related
aspects, such as: Measurement Culture, Vision, Mission
and Strategy, Policies and Procedures, Management Support and Commitment,
Performance Measurement and Management System, etc.
3. Eight business performance audit questionnaires
with 100 questions for items described in 2 above.
4. Over forty performance measures for
the functions of: Finance, Sales, Production Output, Management and IT.
5. An evaluation approach with a scoring
scheme on the basis of the audit replies collected in 3 above.
6. Five business performance improvement
7. Guidelines and
control processes to consider in implementing the suggested improvement
The following methods and techniques may
be utilized for the analysis, design, implementation, assessment and evaluation
of the cyber threat strategy and measures required to protect any type of
1. Corporate Physical security: Guards,
dogs, locks, cameras, video surveillance, etc.
2. Corporate administrative procedures:
corporate governance policies and procedures like ethics program, risk
management approach and procedure, personnel review and due diligence,
segregation of duties, business data management files and data procedures, etc.
3. IT policies and procedures:
passwords, access controls, hardware security, data validation rules within
application software, back up procedures, offsite data retention capabilities,
4. Corporate recovery mechanisms:
business continuity policy, IT recovery process, backup procedures, offsite
storage and testing procedures, etc.
5. Security trapping mechanisms: honey
net and other trapping facilities, special security trapping and diversion
tools and techniques, etc.