I of course loved Elder Holland’s talk, Are We Not All Beggars?. It was great. I liked these 2 things and need to work on them:

  • Cease withholding our means because we see the poor as having brought their misery upon themselves
  • Pray for those in need

From the article, What’s a Business for?, Charles Handy talks about the different challenges that are facing American businesses. Many businesses today are lacking virtue and integrity – they’re willing to sacrifice that for the little buck; they are worried more about dollars and cents than of honesty and trust. As Charles mentions though, ‘like a piece of china, once cracked it is never quite the same’. However, these are important to our economy because it is a great part of our life. We customers want to do business with those that have our interests at heart, not just wanting the end result of our money. We want businesses that care about their employees and create a culture, rather than just a hierarchy of profits and demands.

The real justification of businesses is this: “is not to make a profit, full stop. It is to make a profit so that the business can do something more or better. That “something”becomes the real justification for the business”. We want businesses that don’t just worry about the profit, but also the experience, the customers, the relations, the environment.

I liked these 2 solutions:

  • Ask about any organization ‘if it did not exist, would we invent it?’ and ‘only if it could do something better or more useful than anyone else’ is the answer.
    • I liked this. I wonder how many organizations we’d have, products we’d have, brands we’d have, if we thought about their need first and if it was valid or not.
  • To survive, even to prosper, is not enough. We hanker to leave a footprint in the sands of time, and if we can do that with the help and companionship of others, so much the better.
    • Reminds me of the habit in Covey’s books – think win-win. If we can prosper and grow while others can too, how much better is life?