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The CEO and the Monk: One Company's Journey to Profit and Purpose



The CEO and the Monk: One Company's Journey to Profit and Purpose

Robert B. Catell, Kenny Moore, Glenn Rifkin

ISBN: 978-0-471-45011-5 January 2004 256 Pages


In a business era in which executives are taken away in handcuffs and corporate malfeasance and scandal dominates the business headlines, there is tremendous value in the stories of ethical companies and spiritual business leaders. The CEO and the Monk is one such compelling story, the story of KeySpan, the nation?s fifth largest energy giant and a profitable, Fortune 500 company, and the two KeySpan executives?one a former monk?whose unique working relationship is based on something as simple and powerful as "doing the right thing." This isn?t yet another prescriptive business guide written by breathless consultants. It is a story about a real business and how two unusual and dedicated humanists can keep their eyes on profits and ethics at the same time.
Introduction: What Is Good for the Soul Is Also Good for Business.

Chapter One: The Corporate Funeral.

Chapter Two: Brooklyn Union, the Fertile Hen.

Chapter Three: Enlightened Self-Interest.

Chapter Four: The LILCO Deal.

Chapter Five:  High Noon.

Chapter Six: The Aftermath.

Chapter Seven: The New Millennium.

Chapter Eight: September 11th.

Chapter Nine: Preserving the Corporate Goodness.

Epilogue: The CEO; The Monk.



“… showing executives how to instill a philosophy that balances bottom-line demands with a sense of caring.” (The Deal, 15th March 2004)

"It's an odd partnership that makes for an offbeat but intriguing story." (Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge, March 8,2004)

"Entertaining and human story of making a business work by keeping an eye on the intangibles of the human experience." (HR.Com Book of the Year 2003, Runner-Up, January, 2004)

"If you're interested in CEO thinking, human resources issues, and corporate culture, ''The CEO and the Monk" is worth reading." (Boston Globe, March 7, 2004)