Business for the Common Good 6

imgres“I want to run my own company.”

I’ve said that before.  One of the attractions of law practice is, at some level, and to some extent, even within a firm of a few hundred lawyers, you are building your own practice.

Kenman Wong and Scott Rae examine whether there’s room for “ambition” of this sort in Business for the Common Good.  They believe “ambition to advance God’s rule in the world through business is an appropriate form of ambition, in which title and position come about as a byproduct of a person’s pursuit of excellence.”  But the “naked ambition” — seeking title and position “with little regard to service” — is not.

So, if one wants to run a company of one’s own, the question to ask is, why?

If the goal “is to get to run [my] own company” and “what the company does is less important,” then the underlying ambition needs to be checked.  That’s because “what the company does and how it does it matter far more than whether a person runs the company.”


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