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John Beck - Thursday, August 18, 2011

Top five breakthroughs in business education

Twenty-five years ago, I was among a group of Harvard MBA students who presented a petition to the school’s faculty. The proposal which was almost unanimously supported by the students, had the distinction of being rejected by the faculty without a dissenting vote. We weren’t asking for easier grades, or more days off, or better teachers. We wanted more group projects. We all felt we learned more through hands-on application of concepts that we did in case study discussions.  .. More...

John Beck - Sunday, July 24, 2011

Roger: uniquely individualistic

“I fought against my mother my entire life. I did not want to be – could not be – who she wanted me to be. She was a stunning woman – Miss Kingston Jamaica – and was accustomed to getting her way. Almost any man would do her bidding. Any man, except me. She had two problems on that front with me. First, I was her son – thus, fairly resistant to her charms. Second, I was gay – thus, fairly resistant to all women’s charms.” &ldqu .. More...

John Beck - Tuesday, July 19, 2011

BoonLi wants equality

“My mother was never allowed to take the exams to go to college. She never got over that. I’m sure I bore the brunt of her disappointment. I would have never received a scholarship to Oxford without her. Many parents push their kids. But with her, there was a kind of desperation in the pressure. Everyday I felt that if I didn’t study harder, life would never be fair to me. That if I didn’t struggle against it, life was going to get me. ” “Oddly,  .. More...

John Beck - Monday, July 11, 2011

Sally does Stability

“Running a farm is a constant cycle of financial ups and downs – fertilizer, equipment and better bulls are very expensive – everything depends on weather and markets. Overlay that with my parents’ natural emotional mood swings and you can understand how I never knew, when I woke up in the morning as a child, if it was going to be a good day or a bad day. It all culminated when my father and brother died within four months of each other bracketing my 21st birthday.  .. More...

John Beck - Saturday, July 09, 2011

Dave relies on Belief

“I suppose all of my priorities in life are actually based on my belief in God. I make my decisions based on what my religion teaches me. WWJD – “what would Jesus do?” is my guiding principle in life. It is the basis of everything.” “Sure, I was in the business world for 30 years and you can get sidetracked a lot during your career. I was a salesman, and a darn good one. In my line of work, it is easy to get drawn into some pretty unethical behavi .. More...

John Beck - Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Roy and Joy

“Why would I go to work every day if I wasn’t having fun on the job? Wouldn’t I look for something else to do? I’m even busier now that I’m retired than I ever was when I was working, so I need to make sure what I’m doing is more fun than ever. Why wouldn’t I do that?” Sometimes Roy’s questions sound like the careful rhetoric of a preacher. At other times, they come across slightly defensive. But there is never any question of Ro .. More...

John Beck - Friday, June 24, 2011

Faye: The Good of Society

“There is nothing in the world that is as important to me as my family. I believe that family will last forever and that kinship bonds that we create on this earth will last with us forever throughout the eternities.” “It would be wrong for me to say that my Heavenly Father isn’t the most important being in my life… of course He is. But I don’t know where I’d be without my husband and my family and friends that have become like family.”  .. More...

John Beck - Saturday, June 18, 2011

Chanthol: The Good of Growth

“Why do you keep saying the house is so big?” Chanthol asks with an air of exasperation. “There are much bigger houses in America. Yes, this is big in Cambodia, but nothing like the houses that you have in your country.” “When we have guests or family visiting it is nice to have so much room. But at night, my wife and I often sleep in our daughter’s room. So we can all be close to each other. So that we can be a family.” “This is j .. More...

John Beck - Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lynn: a life lived for the Good of Life

One of Lynn’s earliest memories is of a casket. Her brother Jimmy had been such an exciting playmate for the three older girls in the family. Then one day with no warning, there was a little tiny casket. Lynn can’t remember Jimmy being sick, but he had been, and she and her sisters ended up all dressed in black. Their playmate was gone. As she grew up, Lynn put that trauma behind her. She learned to laugh easily and make friends quickly. She married a tall, handsome Navy .. More...

John Beck - Saturday, June 04, 2011

Introduction to Eight Great

Good people disagree often — and sometimes violently. This fact bothers me … and not just because of the “violently” part. At a very deep level, it seems irrational that people who are trying to be good would be disagreeing in the first place. In the middle of a disagreement — where I firmly and fundamentally believe that only one option is clearly “correct” — it’s a lot easier to believe that the opposing views are either inh .. More...