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Ethics and Spirituality in the Workplace
The Greenwich Leadership Forum
(GLF) is a monthly series of breakfast conversations amongst Connecticut
business leaders about the role of faith and ethics in the workplace.
While our Leaders Offline events are aimed at regional
and national audiences, GLF seeks to invigorate the spiritual resources
of southern Connecticut’s corporate leaders,
many of whom work not only in Connecticut but also in America’s
financial center—New York City.
GLF was launched as the result of
a dinner party one evening in the Fall of 2003 in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Several gathered business leaders and their friends were concerned by the
seemingly endless stream of stories about ethical errors and moral missteps
in the corporate world. Believing that faith and religious principles,
alongside other resources, would lead to improved ethics, this interdenominational
group of business leaders conceived the idea of an executive breakfast
series in partnership with David Miller, Executive Director of the Yale
Center for Faith & Culture.
The current leadership team of GLF consists of Chris Clark, Hank Higdon,
Mike Mahaffy, David Miller, Morgan Mitchell, Dick Murphy, David Polak,
and Russ Reynolds.
ethical landscape of the corporate world can be complex and confusing.
And recent news stories remind us that the consequences of ethical failures
can be wide-ranging and devastating—professionally and personally.
Hence, the fundamental question for GLF participants is “How can
my religious commitment and personal values shape and influence my behavior
in a work environment that is not only religiously pluralistic but also
driven by the seemingly irresistible demands of the market?” Each
GLF session begins with David’s presentation of a pressing ethical
question for business leaders. Utilizing biblical, spiritual, and business
resources, the participants then carefully discuss possible solutions.
David’s presentations draw on insights and experiences from his
current role as a theologian and business ethics professor, as well as
his background as a former senior executive. Most often inspired by current
headlines, recent GLF topics include:
God Want You to Be Rich?
Danish Cartoons: No Laughing Matter
Winning Isn’t Everything, or Is It?: Jack Welch and Jesus on Winning
Executive Compensation: Is It Just or Just Obscene?!
Wal-Mart, Faith & Ethics: Where Do We Fit In?
God & Caesar: Should Faith Influence Investment Decisions?
Should You Be Known as a Person of Faith at Work?
“You’re Fired!”—“The Shrewd Manager,” Luke