Good Value: Choosing A Better Life In Business

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Stephen Green - current Chairman of HSBC and ordained priest - believes above all that our lives should be lived with integrity. And more than that: these beliefs should not be left at the boardroom door. In "Good Value", he argues that our businesses have a duty to society and explores how those of us who work in a profit-making workplace can combine our spiritual and ethical selves with our everyday work. Examining money markets across the globe and through the ages in a fascinating study of history, politics, religion and economics, Stephen Green shows how financial progress shouldn't mean an end to ethics at work.

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Stephen Green is currently Chairman of HSBC, following his time as CEO from 2003 - 2006. He has worked with HSBC since 1982 and has been an ordained priest in the Church of England since 1988. Chairman of the British Banker's Association, he is also Chair of the Prime Minister's Business Council for Britain and a Trustee of the British Museum. A well known and prominent figure in international business and media, he has spoken widely on integrity and sustainability in business and on the value of values.

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Beginning with the recent financial crisis, Green, the former CEO of HSBC and an ordained Anglican priest, launches into a deeply reflective examination of globalization, urbanization, and the market economy. Drawing on a diverse range of sources—from the Koran to The Wealth of Nations, T.S. Eliot to Thomas Friedman—and placing market vicissitudes into a broad historical context, he contends that globalization has passed the point of no return and that, despite its flaws and failings, the market economy is the best economic arrangement available. Green pivots to consider the importance of corporate and personal responsibility in an increasingly interdependent world. Though the author does describe the Christian foundations for his own metaphysical and ethical views, he spends more time discussing Goethe's Faust than any Gospel. Green never calls for any particular reform; rather he makes an inspiring and erudite case for individuals to make moral sense of their lives and strive to make a better world despite the inherent imperfections in human nature and the globalized marketplace. (Feb.)
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