''Mr. Fuld [Lehman Brothers] displayed…an air of pained bewilderment at his congressional committee hearing last week. His expression of regret at the collapse of his bank should be included in every MBA syllabus. As Will and Kenneth Hopper point out in their essential book The Puritan Gift, the main tasks of the CEO were to determine strategy, appoint divisional heads and supervise their work…’’-- Stefan Stern, Financial Times
‘In The Puritan Gift, published last year, the septuagenarian Scottish brothers William and Kenneth Hopper, respectively a banker and an engineer-turned-industrial consultant, argued that for 200 years the puritan foundations of America kept its businesses intact, emphasising craft, financial responsibility and the sublimation of private interest to the group.’ - Andrew Billen, TIMES, 9th March 2009
There is a gap in our education that is putting us at a serious disadvantage globally.
The Puritan Gift should be part of the curriculum every business school and management training program in the country--it's that good.
The Hoppers do an excellent job of raising this idea, with plenty of great stories to support it.
The authors provide a compelling and provocative look at how business should be managed based on historical experience. I highly recommend this one.Published 1 month ago by Daniel R. Murphy
Necessary read if you want to appreciate the history of American business.Published 1 month ago by Gerald R. Allsup
The Puritan Gift was recommended to me by a financial journalist and he said it was the best management book he had ever read - I entirely agree with him - but like all great books... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Cynical Idealist
The Puritan Gift should be part of the curriculum every business school and management training program in the country--it's that good. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Robert42
A very good book showing how a great economical system has collapsed... Should be read by every finance/business people in Europe as the continent is following the same pathway!Published 22 months ago by Patrick Scherrer
This book is really quite fascinating in many ways. The essence of their perspectives about management are clear and strongly supported. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Straightforward
The book details the events in US history that lead to the economic success of the nation.
A tale of how old world traditions developed a culture of performance based... Read more
I have read over 20 books in the past year relating to lean thinking and business applications; The Puritan Gift is the best of the year, hands-down. Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by Kris.Harrison
"This may be the most significant book I have ever read on business management and leadership. Thanks to Dr. George Cybulski of Chicago for recommending it to me. Read morePublished on June 3, 2011 by Paul Grizzell