Doing Virtuous Business by Theodore Roosevelt Malloch
This book is about how to run a business in a virtuous manner. He caught my attention in the beginning of the first chapter when he asserted, “…that the creation of wealth by virtuous means is the most important thing we can do for ourselves and others, for our society, and for the world at large.” I can’t say that he totally convinced me on that point, but he had some compelling arguments.
Another one of the author’s main themes is that the most successful companies have lots of spiritual capital. He goes on to list what makes up this spiritual capital as faith, honesty, gratitude, perseverance, compassion, forgiveness, patience, humility, courage, respect, generosity, discipline, chastity, thrift. He explained what each virtue was and how it relates to business.
I appreciated the way that Mr. Malloch was thorough and generous in his stories that accompanied and illustrated almost every single one of his points. Not only did it make the book more interesting, it helped to solidify the concept he was trying to explain.
Doing Virtuous Business contains some value for every Christian business owner or CEO. At the least, it will contain some good food for thought for you. I have to add one warning in that this is not written from a completely Christian point of view. Although the virtues it extols are all highly esteemed in the Christian tradition, he uses some examples of businesses and people doing business virtuously that are not Christian and some of them are at least questionable.
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