Saturday, December 5, 2015

Week Eleven

Becoming a Changemaker

Lessons Learned:
“Entrepreneurship and Consecration” by Elder Gay was a very moving video that I watched in this week’s lesson.  He emphasized that we must live our lives according to God’s will, never our own, and this includes in our business endeavors.  The Lord’s model and the world’s model are completely different and we must carefully make sure we are following the Lord in every aspect of our lives.  The statement that God left this world unfinished for man really impacted me.  Heavenly Father left us responsible to finish His work on this earth.  We must take care of one another and use our successes to fulfill the Lord’s plan.  Elder Gay stated that “It is not what you have, but who you are.  And who you are is not what you say, but what you do.”  He made many profound statements about all of these things.  Charity should guide all of our thoughts and actions, and this includes in our business choices and decisions as well.

Lessons Not Yet Learned:
I have not yet learned how to use charity to guide my entrepreneurial journey.  Although I do try and live with charity in my current job, I have not yet given the chance to use charity as a leader in an organization.  As my husband is on his journey to become a PA, I know that he will treat his patients with charity and the love of Christ, and am excited to share this weeks lessons, readings and videos with him.

A Reference and Categorization Method:

What’s a Business For
Based on what you read in the first two pages, why are virtue and integrity so vital to an economy?
Virtue and integrity are vital to an economy because they keep men honest in their dealings with one another.  Too many people are dishonest in their reports to make themselves and their companies look better.  Without virtue and integrity corporations are looking after only themselves and do not care about their consumers and front line workers.
According to Charles Handy, what is the “real justification” for the existence of businesses?
The real justification for the existence of business is the purpose to make a profit so that the business can do something more or something better.
What are two solutions proposed by Handy that you agree with? Why?

Two solutions that Handy proposed that I agree with are to measure success in terms of outcomes for others as well as for ourselves, and better corporate behavior.  I think success should definitely be measured not only in terms of finance and profitability, but about the difference and outcomes that it creates for everyone.  A company who makes a difference in the world is far more successful than one who simply sells something to profit from people.  Better corporate behavior would allow a more cohesive company and encourage honest and virtuous actions.

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