Archive for April, 2012
Insomnia-producing ethical dilemmas do not usually embody the kinds of straightforward conflicts or temptations that an intelligent twelve-year-old would recognize and astutely resolve if asked, ‘What’s the right thing to do?’ The real thorny ethical challenges are typically subtle, often involve the welfare of more than one person or group, characteristically require the rapid and intuitive calculation of probable consequences, and always occur in real time.
– Clinton W. McLemore
Street-Smart Ethics: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul
We must wait for God, long and meekly, in the wind and wet, in the thunder and lightning, in the cold and the dark. Wait, and He will come. He never comes to those who do not wait.
When God delays in prospering our businesses or promoting our newest product, it is so that we may die to our own ideas, our own egos. After the delay, we often experience the joy of experiencing God’s best for us.
There is no us and them. There’s just us.
– From a keynote speech before the Tenth Annual Orange Catholic Foundation Conference on Business & Ethics
Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Homeboy Industries
Those who are in sales are always aware that the next sale is behind the next door. They are where the rubber of production meets the road of consumption, whether in a showroom or a studio or on the phone or calling you at home. When the recovery starts, they will be the ones making purchases happen.
When speaking to clergy gatherings around the country I often ask, ‘Who here prays for teenagers as they go off on mission trips; or Sunday school teachers each September?’ Invariably all hands go up. Finally I ask, ‘Who here prays for all the accountants in your congregation around April 15, and who here prays for all the salespeople and those working on commission at the end of the month or year when quotas are due? Silence. Eyes drop to the ground. Usually, not a single hand is raised.
– David W. Miller
God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement