Unique in Many Ways

Dear Friends of Kenilworth Union Church,

For those in the community who were unable to attend the recent Faith & Leadership event, Tom Tropp (VP of Corporate Ethics at AJ Gallagher) delivered an address that was as unique as any prior guest speaker.

Humility is one of his most important values. The two characteristics being knowing you can make mistakes and knowing you can make better decisions when you listen to other people. Tom also addressed the difference between young arrogance (driven by insecurity) and mature arrogance (gained from inner strength and self-awareness).

As examples of demonstrating his Christian values in the workplace, Tom pulled out a copy of The Beatitudes and created questions to ask your team. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” became: Do you have any non-performers? What are you doing to help them succeed? What are they really good at? How could you change their responsibilities to tap more of their strengths?

Tom spoke to the two sides of an individual, the Resume Side (ambitious, career oriented), and the Eulogy Side (embodying certain moral qualities). This side brings a solid sense of right and wrong, or inner character.

You can generally tell something about each of the Faith & Leadership guest speakers by the books they reference. Tom’s favorites were:

Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love and Leadership by John Dickson
How Now Shall We Live by Charles Colson
Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril by Margaret Hefferan
The Road to Character by David Brooks
Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain

Please join the next event, featuring Robert Wolcott, Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network on Thursday NIGHT, February 25 at 7 p.m. Robert will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Gross National Happiness conference in Bhutan.

Ben Armstrong