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Dividends of Decency

How Values-Based Leadership Can Help Business Flourish In Trump's America

by (author) Donald Lee Sheppard

with John Lawrence Reynolds

Figure 1 Publishing
Initial publish date
May 2018
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When former executive and entrepreneur Don Sheppard awoke the morning after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, he was horrified to learn that Donald Trump had become the 45th president of the United States. Committed to strong business principles and ethics throughout his varied career, Sheppard was concerned about the role model Trump as a businessperson?and now the most powerful person in the world?presented to corporate America, and to broader society in general. Leaders strongly influence those who follow them, and there had to be a better way.

Part business manifesto and part memoir, The Dividends of Decency shows why and how doing the right thing in business is also doing the right thing for business. Principles and profits are not mutually exclusive; in fact, conducting business in a principled way can significantly improve profits as well as relationships with all key stakeholders?employees, customers, suppliers and partners, shareholders and the community at large.

After decades of corporate scandals?including Enron, and Lehman Brothers and the other firms who precipitated the Great Recession of 2008-09?the ethical bar for business has fallen to a new low in Trump's America. The Dividends of Decency is a timely reminder of what is truly important in business, and a guide to values-based leadership that will help American business indeed be great again?by being ethical, accountable and sustainable.

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John Lawrence Reynolds has had thirty works of fiction and nonfiction published. His work has earned two Arthur Ellis Awards for Best Mystery Novel, a National Business Book Award, and a CBC Bookie Award. His bestselling book Shadow People, tracing the development and influence of secret societies through history, was published in fourteen countries and twelve languages. He has also authored several business and investment books, including the bestselling The Naked Investor and its sequel, The Skeptical Investor, as well as his assessment of the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, Bubbles, Bankers & Bailouts. A Murder for Max is his first book in the Maxine Benson Mystery series. He lives in Burlington, Ontario, with his wife, Judy. For more information, visit

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