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The Mormon Way of Doing Business
By Jeff Benedict

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The Mormon Way of Doing Business

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The Mormon Way of Doing Business
How Eight Western Boys Reached the Top of Corporate America
By Jeff Benedict
Read by the Author
Hachette Audio, (2008)
An Abridged Recording on 3 CDs
ISBN 10: 1-60024-106-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-60024-106-2
Genre: Business

Reviewed by Herbert White - May 12, 2008

I'm not really sure what I expected when I started to listen to The Mormon Way of Doing Business by Jeff Benedict. What I discovered, however, was an enthralling book about eight CEOs who just happen to be members of the Mormon faith. In this book, Benedict, who is himself a Mormon as well as an investigative journalist, provides biographical sketches of his eight subjects and shows how their Mormon faith and Mormon upbringing helped them to succeed in the business world.

The eight men who are the focus of this book are all outstanding men in their respective fields, and they included former CEO's David Neeleman of JetBlue, Kevin Rollins of Dell Computers, Dave Checketts of Madison Square Garden and Kim Clark the former dean of the Harvard Business School. This book is read by the author and includes an introduction by David Neeleman, the founder and former CEO of JetBlue Airways, and also includes a 'conversation' with the author.

Without a doubt, this is one of the most unique business books that I've ever read. Benedict not only highlights the successes of his subjects, but also their failures and how they dealt with them. This is a book that will provide you with moral and ethical guidance that you can apply to both your business and personal life. He shows how a strong family life and a supportive spouse played a major role in the success of each of these men, and he provides examples of how their Mormon beliefs help to see them through the hard times (including 9-11) and to provide the leadership direction that they needed to make their companies excel.

While this book in no way claims that you have to be a Mormon to succeed in business, it does show that it might not hurt. And, even if you are not a Mormon, you can usurp those Mormon traits that will help you succeed in the business world. Throughout I found The Mormon Way of Doing Business to be totally fascinating and an informative book. It will also prove inspirational to business professional of every ilk and religion.


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