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The Mormon Way of Doing Business: How Eight Western Boys Reached the Top of Corporate America

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The Founder of JetBlue. The former CEO of Dell Computers. The CEO of Deloitte & Touche. The former Dean of the Harvard Business School. They all have one thing in common. They are devout Mormons who spend their Sundays exclusively with their families, never work long hours, and always put their spouses and children first. How do they do it?

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 12th 2008 by Business Plus (first published 2007)
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"The true defining situation for a person is what they do when they are alone and don't have to do anything else. What do they do? Do they do frivolous things? That's when you define what you are." -Rollins

"Everyday you should do something you don't want to do." -Neelman's family saying

"I ran my home like a business. Practice management skills in the home are just as important as they are in business." -Deb Checkett (wife to Dave Checkett)

The men in the book were ve
Not the best writing I've ever seen (he repeats himself a lot) but the subject matter is great. I was especially interested in his portrayal of these men as fathers & heads of households. I was talking to my sister-in-law & we want him to write the flip side of the story: how do the WIVES of these successful businessmen do it? How did they keep their families strong even though their husbands were gone so often?
Juergen John Roscher
The title of this book intrigued me since I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) and wanted to see what was so unique about Mormon businessmen that would warrant a book titled “The Mormon Way of Doing Business”. I had a friend that had shared with me a couple of stories from the book, which further increased my desire to buy a copy to read. I wanted to find out if the businessmen in the book were successful because they were Mormons and lived according to the p ...more
Synopsis: Jeff Benedict explores how eight men who grew up in the Western US were able to rise to the top of their professions while paying 10 percent tithing, keeping the Sabbath day holy, serving as Bishops, Stake Presidents and Young Men's Presidents and still finding time to spend with their families. The book specifically profiles JetBlue founder and former CEO David Neeleman, former Madison Square Garden CEO Dave Checketts, Former Harvard Business School dean Kim Clark, CEO of Dell Kevin R ...more
As a Mormon, what I found most interesting about the men and their families profiled in this book was how they "balanced" high demand jobs, family, and church. In general, I came away from it thinking, I have no desire to work in those types of environments and positions. I find it hard enough to make the time I want for my family as it is. I'm impressed with what these men are/were able to do, but am not inclined to try to move into their positions.

I almost gave the book two stars, because the
This book detailed the business experiences and preparations of various CEOs including Dave Checketts (New York Knicks & MSG), Kevin Rollins (Dell Computers), David Neelman (Jet Blue), Jim Quigley (Deloitte), Kim Clark (Dean HBS), Clayton Christensen, among others all of whom are Mormons. I had actually read this book a few years ago, but it was nice to remember how dedicated they are to their careers, family and church. They work big hours during the week and most are bishops in the Mormon ...more
Dec 03, 2010 Becky rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Becky by: Sarah Williams
My impression of this book changed from the moment I picked it up. I think I was expecting an organizational how-to and instead gained insight into the souls of several big, BIG business leaders of our time. And guess what? They are human! They cook breakfast, drive the kids around, cry, worry, and most of all love. It was an easy, page-turning read until I got to the chapters about 9/11 and then it became a couldn't-put-it-down. Three of these men had parallel experiences during those terror at ...more
I had an extremely early flight on Monday morning, and I forgot to go to the library on Saturday(libraries are not open on Sunday)to pick up my hold books. So, I went to my father-in-law's bookself and found this book for my trip.

If there was a half rating, I would rate this book as a 3.5. The book was more biographical than I thought it would.


1) inspiring
2) good guys do finish first
3) quick read


1) I feel that the CEO's in the book are driven, selfish, motivated, and goal orie
This was a wonderful introduction to people who work at a very high or successful level - meaning owner, ceo, dean, professor, etc, and are also committed to their faith.

In that way, 'business' may be defined as both the business of their faith as well as the business for which they receive pay. In all cases, the work and commitment associated with their faith and their job overlap.

I'm struck by this commitment not only to their faith and service to their church, but also their commitment, work
Dustin Taylor
My wife asked me the other day what books I thought had changed my life the most (not including scripture). I told her about a few, and while I was in the middle of this book, I told her it would probably change or reshape the way I do business in the future. It’s true…I believe it has.

The Mormon Way of Doing Business reflects on the lives of top CEO’s of major corporations that are also devout Mormons. Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy, balancing their job, families and church, how tithing plays int
I was curious about this for awhile and with Mitt Romney running for President, I had more impetus to investigate a book on this subject. The Mormons are great salespeople and their self-imposed isolation when on a mission with their sales material aka religious pamphlets is a technique that brings results.

Upon going through the book, I found some very basic business/success concepts but the majority of ideas were hinged upon the Mormon faith. Their system works for them. It would be incredibly
James Christensen
The Mormon way of doing business : leade...
The Mormon way of doing business : leadership and success through faith and family by Benedict, Jeff (nonfiction) '07.

Based upon numerous interviews with David Neeleman (CEO of JetBlue), Dave Checketts (CEO of Madison Square Garden Corporation), Clayton Christensen (Rhodes Scholar / Professor at Harvard Business School), Kim Clark (Dean of the Harvard Business School), Jim Quigley (CEO of Deloitte & Touche), Rod Hawes (co-founder of Life Re Corp.),
This book came about because Jeff Benedict refused to do a radio interview on Sunday explaining that he kept Sundays for his family, leading to a conversation about Mormons and business practices. As a part of this discussion, the interviewer was surprised to find out that so many CEOs and business leaders were Mormon and encouraged Benedict to write a book about them and what made them successful. He interviewed eight Mormon CEOs - leaders of places like JetBlue, Dell Computers, Deloitte & ...more
I started this book a little over a year ago and just "finished" it by choosing chapters and sections that interested me to read and ignoring the rest. It took me so long to finish it because I started with expectations that it would be more instructive but I'm not sure in which way.

I will say, however, that my feelings have since changed and I think it would be a good book for anyone to read and challenge their current methods of finding fulfillment and success in the world. In the end, I foun
This was a very interesting book. The men profiled were at the top of their game. I learned about people I didn't know anything about. One of the people in the book indicates he doesn't want them to be made out as pious, but I wonder what some people will be led away thinking since the book while not written by the men is a bit revealing maybe braggish? Another point that wasn't exactly made in the book was that these men typify excellent Mormon families and that one doesn't have to be the CEO t ...more
Bc Crow
As a Mormon myself, I couldn't help but take an interest in this book. I've had the privilege of hearing seeing some of the men in this book, and the principles that guide their business are very commendable, but I didn't find as much about that in this book as I would have expected. This book is more of an explanation of what shaped these business leaders lives, plus a few heart felt stories from 911. Not a bad book, but not quite what I would have expected, given the title.
I enjoyed the perspective of this book. The truth that we all stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before is presented in a great way... I am a Mormon - so the belief system is not knew - but I thought Jeff Benedict did a great job of presenting the little things we may take for granted in our church - that actually lead to awesome leadership, service, and balancing opportunities if we take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves.
Not long ago I was needing more books on CD - this happens from time to time. Not that I have a shortage of ideas of what to read, just that I need to figure out what is available at my library to check out on CD. Anyway, Matt decided to help me by finding some books for me to read. This one he found for me - not on CD - and put on hold. I was suspicious that he really just wanted to read it himself. But he did think I'd be interested too. And I was. Not riveting necessarily. It goes through the ...more
Rachel Wagner
I give this book four stars whole-heartedly admitting that it might not have much appeal for non-Mormons. Its fairly one-sided in its portrayal of the gospel's affect on businessmen. Still, I felt uplifted by it. This book made me want to be a better person, Mormon and business woman. I think if non-Mormons could ignore some of the Mormon praise they could find many skills/traits that would help them be better people at home and in business.
I see how my experience in the church, particularly wi
I picked this book up on Friday at work for a bathroom break and kind of got interested in it. I received a copy from when I worked at the Marriott School of which the author was the graduation speaker in 2007.

Because I worked at the Marriott School I know the names well of which the author speaks--although I have not personally met any of them.

So far, I don't know what to think. It almost seems that the author is implying that if you do these things--pray, study scriptures--like his subjects do
Since I am also Mormon, a look at this book made me think it was a user manual :)

On a more serious note I thought the author did a good job of addressing some of the relevant parts of the LDS (Mormon) faith that tend to have an impact on business professionals who grew up in that belief system.

An example of these is an exploration on missionary service. Of those executives profiled in the book, almost all served 2 year full time missions for the church. These two years taught them much about in
Even though I'm not in business, I found many helpful ideas and suggestions for running my home in a more successful way from this book. I enjoyed the glimpse into the busy lives and families of these men. The chapters on Sept. 11 were compelling, and I really loved the chapter focused on the wives. Highly recommended.
Max Skidmore
I enjoyed this book very much. It identifies the priorities that many members of the Mormon faith share and try to practice. Three of the executives outlined in the book were very involved in the events of 9/11. The 4 or 5 chapters that deal with that crisis are riveting.
There are lots of interesting anecdotes but the author, as many other reviewers point out, repeats himself quite a bit. Still an interesting read especially to those who relate with Mormons.
Peter Wolfley
I was impressed with the quality of the individuals interviewed in this book. These are all men who have their personal and professional lives together. I found this book to be inspiring and thought provoking. I was especially impressed by the CEO of JetBlue Airlines, David Neeleman. He is an elite businessman but he hasn't allowed riches to canker his soul. Over the course of his life he has proven himself to be a man of integrity. There were many instances in his life where being dishonest cou ...more
Dec 08, 2010 Alecia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alecia by: Logan Dixon
I enjoyed reading this book. My 15 year old son read it over the summer and wrote a paper on it for Sophomore Honors English. He was always finding me and sharing pieces of their lives and their thought process...really got him thinking about the big picture. It has reshaped how I make decisions, these men are decisive and they're always thinking not just several steps ahead, but tying the present with the future goal and plotting the path according to what's available, who they know, etc. If th ...more
Quick disclaimer... I know the author and one of the subjects of the book, Kevin Rollins. That being said, this is an outstanding book. Having worked closely with Kevin Rollins in his church responsibilities in Boston, before and after he started working for Dell Computer... I think this book is right on target. The principles and values he lives his life by are something to emulate and are not applicable only to business, but in anything you put your time and energy toward in life. I know Kevin ...more
Oct 10, 2007 Tina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Families, parents, business people, everyone!
Interesting to see principles these men all share...discipline, honesty, leadership, organizational skills, and how they balance their family time, work time, and church time. A very motivating book. Makes me want to be a better person! Interesting to compare their upbringings too, how their parents molded them to be the great, responsible, strong leaders they are today. Also interesting to see how some of them handled the events of 9/11 and accounting for their employees who were flying planes, ...more
Erik Carlton
While I liked getting some insights into how these men and their families approached busy lives and still lived the gospel, this book is written more for those who know little or nothing about Mormon (aka LDS) beliefs. Further, I think it does little to address how much of their ability to manage these lifestyles (or even have them in the first place) may be owed to silver spoons and coming from wealthy families (which it seems many, if not most of them did). I would have liked to hear more of t ...more
I read different parts at different times, and even picked up the newer copy to read about Mitt Romney (who was added as an extra chapter.) There are some interesting characters in here and some insights as to how to have a stable foundation with which one may build a successful business career upon. However, I found it a little stifling, as if the only measure of success was a thriving business. There are many people who I have met, Mormon and of other faiths, who use that stable foundation to ...more
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