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The Mormon Way of Doing Business: Leadership and Success Through Faith and Family Hardcover – January 3, 2007

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From Publishers Weekly

Honesty, integrity and dedication to family and church may be old-fashioned values, but Benedict shows here that they jibe with tremendous success in the cutthroat world of business. In a conversational narrative, Benedict relates the stories of seven Mormon business leaders-five CEOs (including those of Dell Computers, JetBlue and Deloitte & Touche), one CFO (of American Express), and the former dean of Harvard Business School-to discover how these devout professionals tackle modern workplace problems. In order to meet the challenge of "winning and winning cleanly," Benedict doesn't proselytize, but rather draws practical rules from his subjects' stories and actions, such as "Compete within your power alley," "Own the high ground" and "Don't put yourself in a position to be tempted." He also shows what advantages stem from the tenants of a Mormon lifestyle, such as tithing, abstaining from drugs, avoiding work on the weekend, volunteering for Church leadership positions and raising large families. With the exception of a late chapter collecting his subjects' 9/11 experiences (which includes the unfortunate section title, "Losing $150 Million in One Day"), Benedict's point is clearly and entertainingly explicated: do you need to be Mormon to succeed in business? No, but it doesn't hurt.
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The picture that comes to mind when you think about devout Mormons may seem diametrically opposed to the idea of the ruthless and powerful corporate CEO, so it may come as some surprise that the heads of many leading corporations and organizations such as Dell, Deloitte & Touche USA, American Express, Black & Decker, JetBlue Airways, and Harvard Business School are Mormons. Investigative journalist Benedict (a Mormon himself) examines the lives of eight Mormon business executives, focusing on how their core values influence the way they do business. Flying in the face of the absolute pursuit of power and money, these execs put an emphasis on placing family first, keeping Sunday exclusively work-free, and not placing themselves above others or above their God. Not surprisingly, Benedict finds that the corporate environment and success rate under these leaders is outstanding. Religious beliefs notwithstanding, the examples here prove that leadership that values the human element and does not compromise integrity and the environment does not equate to a competitive disadvantage but rather the opposite. David Siegfried
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus; 51438th edition (January 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446578592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446578592
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,343,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I like business and enjoy the company of most of the business people I know. Most of them are honest, hardworking, and have a competitive toughness that usually benefits the lives of many others. This is not the way they are portrayed in the popular media, which tends to focus on the awful exceptions and then smear all businessmen and women with the egregious behavior of the few.

Of course, no one is perfect, and many an honest person has missed the correct choice in a close call. Sometimes the shades of gray are quite hard to distinguish. Others suffer a moral collapse under tremendous pressure and give in to something they think will make things better, but it doesn't. However, let me stress again, these are the exceptions rather than the rule. This is true of business people regardless of their religious faith, if they have no faith, if they are tough negotiators, or if they have a softer style. People have to behave according to who they really are. Some folks mistake personal style for integrity or morality. This is an important distinction.

I say this to preface my review of a very good book because I want to be clear that I do not think that only Mormons are honest businesspeople or that they have some special lock on morality. This book has a contribution to make because what it shows is how these CEOs and top businesspeople have a somewhat different focus on business than one might usually find (but probably not exclusive to them) because of their faith and the experiences they had living that faith.

Jeff Benedict shows how service on a full time mission for the Church at 19-21 years old (or thereabouts) was foundational for these men.
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I read this book today and decided to write a review. I did not expect many good reviews because I am aware that a lot of people are very prejudice toward Mormons.I am appalled by the haters here who have an anti Mitt Romney axe to grind.
I am not Mormon and was raised Athiest, but I recognized some time ago that all the Mormons I know are successful. I am an Entrepreneur and always keep my mind open to learning the tools to success.
The discipline principles outlined here make a lot of sense to me, and being a true Entrepreneur I can channel my life to reflect business men such as Mitt Romney. He is very impressive, having a very high education in law and business, and the years of experience as a business man. People can whine all they want about how much money he has, but I know plenty of people who were born with a silver spoon and have not managed to hold it together as he has, both personally and professionally.
If you are truly interested in guiding your life into a highly successful pattern as Mitt Romney, Rockefeller, or whomever your wealth hero is, this book is a nice addition to your motivational books to success.
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I am not a Mormon. I have no interest in becoming a Mormon.

And yet ... there is much I find to admire about the Mormons, including the fact that I've never met a lazy one. "The Mormon Way of Doing Business" was for me a fascinating and laudatory profile of over a half dozen corporate execs who happen to be Mormon, how they order their lives and balance the prodigious commitments of work, family and faith.

The LDS Church places huge demands on its congregants - both monetary and time demands. These seem to be cheerfully shouldered by execs from the likes of Dell, Deloitte, JetBlue and others.

Mostly this is a man's story. Gender roles in the LDS Church are open for discussion. The wives are the subject of one chapter and pretty much all of them are stay at homes.

Do Mormons ever sleep? The schedules of these guys seem super-human, yet none of them are complaining.

To see how one group manages to balance the big roles in their lives, you may find "The Mormon Way of Doing Business" an inspiring example which you can adapt - as needed and desired - to your own non-Mormon life!
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As an MBA professor at Tulane, I often deal students who are struggling to find a balance between family and spiritual life on the one hand and career success on the other. And frankly, as the father of nine children, I have personally struggled finding a way to invest adequately in family and worship while trying to financially support my family as well.

Jeff Benedict's "The Mormon Way of Doing Business" addresses this concern head on, providing real stories from the lives of very successful businessmen who have also found ways to foster successful families and close relationships with God. The book is uplifting, inspiring, and practical, providing a variety of very specific ideas my students and I can implement to both succeed at work and to draw closer to God.

I highly recommend the book to anyone who has struggled to find a balance between work, worship, and home, and to anyone who desires to more fully enjoy the redeeming grace of God. I can honestly say that this book and the lives of the individuals featured in the book have helped me find my way more clearly. I give the book a full 5 stars, and an extra star if I could, for addressing an issue of such vital importance to me and my students.
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