The Search for God and Guinness

Who would you work for if you could pick any company in the world? Perhaps one with good benefits, maybe a daycare program for your kids.  Or one that has a foosball table in the break room.

Maybe you would go to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list and pick one from there.  If you look at the list for 2011, you would find companies like Google, the #4 best place to work, where there is,

“free food at any of its cafeterias, a climbing wall, and, well, free laundry.”

Google is doing so well that it gave each each employee a 10% pay hike.

Or take the #1 company to work for – SAS. You may not have heard of this company, but it’s actually located just outside of Raleigh, in Cary, NC. Accdording to Fortune, what makes the company so great is,

“Its perks are epic: on-site healthcare, high quality childcare at $410 per month, summer camp for kids, car cleaning, a beauty salon, and more — it’s all enough to make a state-of-the-art, 66,000-square-foot gym seem like nothing special by comparison.”

But what if I told you there was another company out there that came before these companies that blew all of their incentives out of the water? A company that changed the political landscape of its environment, helped house the poor, rebuilt ancient churches, and had doctors and dentists on staff. And what if this company were doing all of this in the 1920’s? Look at this clip from author Stephen Mansfield about the company and his book, The Search for God and Guinness:

Amazing, isn’t it? I think what’s most amazing, and what I’m so glad the author highlights in the book, is that the owner’s of each generation of Guinness found it their duty to make their generation better because of their faith in God. They understood a business model that can not only flourish, but excel beyond their competitors, by focusing on providing for and taking care of the communities around them.

 

Sources:

The Search for God and Guinness by Stephen Mansfield

Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2011

Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oLxQm0oax8

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