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Don't let a business take itself over,
This review is from: The Soul of a Business: Managing For Profit And The Common Good (Paperback)This was a wonderful book to read. After reading it I felt as though I probably know its author pretty good. Not as a friend or someone I'd necessarily like to be friends with, but he seems to be very open about his past, his present, and his beliefs. I am sure that what he discloses in this book will help any wanta-be entrepreneur or small to medium sized business owner rethink whether he or she is leading his or her company in the right direction. I highly recommend that entrepreneurs give this book a read.
Some of the issues addressed are as follows:
1. Will the mission of the company allow the company's leader to enjoy a reasonably good state of mind or conscience?
2. What does a CEO have to do at work to feel fulfilled?
3. Is the CEO of the company a happy and fulfilled person?
4. Are people who work at the company happy at work?
5. Does the company interface well with the community in which it operates?
6. Does the community appreciate the company?
7. Do people trust one another who work for the company?
8. Does much discrimination exist at the company?
9. Is the company all about profits, or not?
10. Is competition good?
11. Is winning always good?
12. Is there more to life than making a buck?
The above issues are just the first 12 that came to mind while I was writing this review. There were many more, but I'm not going to list them all here. The above issues are representative of the content of the book. Maybe the book provides answers, and maybe it doesn't. But the book is great because it reminds business people who are caught up in the rat race of making a living that there is more to business than just making a buck. What comes to mind is: joy, happiness, success, family, friends, and a legacy. Is the business damaging the world, or helping to make it a better place?
I would have enjoyed the book more if the author had not started off explaining what the book "was not." And I would have had a more positive image of the book if the author had not mentioned that he got a lot of his theory from the Harvard Divinity School. There was no need to bring the Gospels into the "story." There is no question that things that can be learned from studying the Gospels are wonderful, but the same things can be learned from other sources. So why throw a religious slant on the issues? I think the book would have been more forceful if religion had be left out entirely.
I enjoyed hearing about the author's wife, but I would have enjoyed hearing more about her thoughts on helping to run the company she and her husband co-founded. I felt a little cheated not hearing a woman's perspective on some of the issues. After all, the author points out that women should be included in management decisions, and that his wife's in fact were.