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The Mormon Way of Doing Business: Leadership and Success Through Faith and Family

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The Founder of JetBlue. The CEO of Dell Computers. The CEO of Deloitte & Touche. The 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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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 12th 2008 by Warner Business Books (first published 2007)
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Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quotes from the book:

"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
Dec 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
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?
Tyler Critchfield
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting ideas, probably more so for a non-LDS reader. It did seem to repeat points a lot and I think incorrectly portrayed Mormons as always being successful, even though in the real world there are many Mormons and non-Mormons who practice these habits and still don't have the business success these men do. It isn't super relatable to non-CEOs, but I did gain some quality ideas and habits I would like ot focus on as I pursue educational degrees and a career.
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
Nov 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kimball by: Talmage Hansen
This book was like an emotional roller coaster. In the beginning part I felt on top of the world because I had served a mission. Even though I feel like I didn't earn many of those skills these gentleman had learned (At least from what I can tell now; even 7 years later), it was exciting knowing I had been part of a successful organization that produces high-caliber people and that I have that potential.
Then the author began to describe their work ethic for decades and all the time and hours th
Dec 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished
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
Chris Doelle
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have spent a lot of time researching anti-Mormon texts, learning about the depraved activities of the Fundamentalist offshoot (FLDS) of the church and doing what I can to point out just how different those folks are from the LDS church that I know.

What I haven't done (until now) is read pro-Mormon books - well, other than The Book of Mormon and the like. This book isn't a religious text but instead a look at some of the big players in the business world that are members. It points out some thi
Shawn Peterson
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the idea the book shared that the callings we have in the church play a large part in strengthening our skillset and improve our career standing. Some cool stories from business leaders shared throughout the book
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: leadership
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
Teresa Harding
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Truly amazing. I learned some powerful leadership skills. Now let's see if I can implement them.
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: business
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
Jun 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Dustin Taylor
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosphy, how-to
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
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.),
Rachel Wagner
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 18, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jul 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
May 14, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Erik Carlton
Jun 02, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Cheryl Loveless
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-books
This book gave great insight into the lives of successful LDS business men. I am not sure that it had the same effect on me as it would have on someone who is not familiar with the Mormon faith. The author reinforced common principals that people of the LDS faith are taught from the time they are young. I appreciated how he was able to show how living these principals can lead to success in business as well as life. I also liked how he was able to demonstrate through their life stories how it is ...more
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Peter Wolfley
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
I really enjoyed this book. You aren't going to necessarily learn a lot about Business or Mormons by reading this book--but it is educational none the less. This book more focuses on the habits and life decisions of a number of individuals spotlighted throughout this book. The only negative about this book is that some parts seem to be repeated unnecessarily--as if the author wasn't expecting everyone to read the book from cover to cover. Overall a good book and I can see myself reading it again ...more
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Jeff Benedict conducted the first national study on sexual assault and athletes. He has published three books on athletes and crime, including a blistering exposé on the NFL, Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL, and Public Heroes, Private Felons: Athletes and Crimes Against Women. He is a lawyer and an investigative journalist who has written five books.
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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.” 5 likes
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