American business is a high-stakes game where the best and brightest can be transformed into cold, calloused, heartless individuals desperately scratching for every last dollar. There is only one thing to be said about the business world: only the strong survive. That doesn't mean your personal life, family or beliefs will survive as well. If that wasn’t enough, the indiscretions of a few well-known corporations have cast a harsh spotlight on CEOs and their business operations.
Jeff Benedict, renowned investigative journalist, author and lawyer, highlights several business leaders who have taken a different path to their success. David Neeleman (CEO and founder of Jet Blue Airways), Jim Quigley (CEO of Deloitte & Touché), Kevin Rollins (CEO of Dell Computers) and Kim Clark (Dean of Harvard Business School) have one thing in common: they are all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The LDS church asks for a significant amount of time and service from its members. Time is something the CEO of a major corporation really does not have. These business leaders are able to be successful at work, but more importantly are successful at home. By working smarter instead of harder, success has come in spades for these people. Even more interesting than their business acumen is their personal life. None of the individuals highlighted in this book have been divorced; in fact, they have healthy marriages with several children.
Benedict takes care to explain that he is also LDS, and that his book is not a missionary tool. This is simply a business book whose purpose is to show how the Mormon faith has contributed to the success, both personally and professionally, of these men and women.
The Mormon Way of Doing Business is an impressive eye-opener for any businessperson. The LDS church is in stark contrast to the elements of the business world. Each person highlighted in this book provides insights into upholding their beliefs and surviving in corporate America. Commonalities include daily prayer, abstaining from alcohol and tobacco, observing the holiness of the Sabbath, faithfully serving in church callings (for which they are not compensated), and making specific time for their family.
Benedict is an investigative journalist. His strengths play directly into how The Mormon Way of Doing Business is read. You will begin to think that Benedict is digging for a greater insight into how these professionals operate. The simple fact is that their faith is everything. The church is the fuel in their life.
This book is an interesting take on a different way to live your life and do business - information that is invaluable for anyone looking to improve the value of their work and their family.