Doing Virtuous Business by Theodore Roosevelt Malloch

by | Jun 2, 2011 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

“Virtue,” “Faith,” “Hope,” and “Spiritual.” These are not terms that one associates with BUSINESS nowadays. Malloch, from start to finish, appears to attempt to ingrain in his readers from the corporate world that it is such characteristics that cause a group to flourish. 

Keep focused on the product, not the dinero, and the zeal that once was will always be. I like his quote from Socrates, “I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money, and every other good, public as well as private” (pg. 25). Well said, and drives home Malloch’s discussion of a leader’s virtue.

How many businesses are driven by money, power, gaining the upper hand over their competitors? I don’t know that you’ll ever find me nestled in a cubicle, or overseeing such employees, but this book appears crucial for the conversation of spirituality in the (corporate) workplace.

What is the underlying message throughout? Stop pursuing “success” that is defined by more money, more power, more dominion. Rather, build your workplace on VIRTUES. Malloch lists “hard,” masculine and foundational, virtues as “leadership, courage, patience, perseverance, and discipline” (pg. 67). “Soft” virtues are even easily ignored in the tough workplace, and include “Justice, forgiveness, compassion, humility, and gratitude” (pg. 85).

Malloch fleshes these out, no spoiler alert here, and sets the example of Christ on a pedestal for the workplace and its leaders.

DOWNSIDE? Where’s the Scriptural support? He appears to exemplify Christ with his discussion of virtues, but does not reference the Man himself! 🙁

*This book was free with my promise to post an unbiased review.

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