Good work : how blue collar business can change lives, communities, and the world / Dave Hataj.

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      Summary: "What can blue-collar business teach us all about work and faith? The faith and work conversation is alive and well, but most resources focus on white-collar jobs and neglect the majority of the workforce. When pastor Dave Hataj realized he needed to go home and take over the family gear shop, he didn't really expect it to become a spiritually transformative season of his life. Yet as he began to think about what it meant to be a Christian in business, he discovered just how much our work matters to God and how blue-collar business really can change people, communities, and even the world. Drawing on the stories of his business, Edgerton Gears, Dave teaches you how to cultivate true inner goodness (righteousness), meaning, and mission at work-no matter what you do. Your workplace can and should be a place of significance. Find out how today"-- Provided by publisher.
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      Introduction: Gears and God's kingdom -- Called to do business -- Can modern business be righteous? -- The pursuit of purpose -- Money and profit -- Is the golden rule good for business? -- Relational transactions -- The three-legged stool -- Burned out or fired up? -- What makes a leader? -- Community and culture -- Betrayal and failure -- Business as love -- Goodness in action.
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PW Reviews 2020 March #1

Hataj, owner of Wisconsin gear manufacturer Edgerton Gear, argues in his impactful debut that finding one's purpose in the kingdom of God can be wrapped up neatly into what one does for a living. The desire to do well in business and serve God need not be mutually exclusive, he contends, and businesses where owners and workers figure out how to combine the two can make for a God-serving community. He gleans insight from culture and biblical stories, and shares personal stories about deciding to take over his family gear shop. For Hataj, once profit isn't seen as the end-all for motivation, a job becomes a tool for fulfilling personal purpose while serving customers and employees. Work relationships must survive through both boom and bust times, Hataj points out, and how one reacts to adversity can help spread Christianity within one's workplace and communities. One memory about his father's overcoming prejudice to treat customers well is particularly affecting. He also lauds the "three-legged stool" of business—quality, value, and service—and gives tips on leadership and customer service that can benefit all workers. Christians who struggle with wondering how to serve God will find Hataj's impassioned testament quite persuasive. (May)

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