Horan Lecture Explores Intersection of Business and Faith Robert Catell, former CEO of KeySpan Energy Corporation (right), and Kenny Moore, a business consultant and former Catholic priest, discussed their book, The CEO and the Monk, at the John J. Horan Lecture in November.
ROBERT CATELL, an energy executive, and Kenny Moore, a business consultant and former Catholic priest, delivered a presentation focusing on business ethics at the 38th John J. Horan Lecture held Nov. 10 at the University Club. Catell and Moore’s presentation was based on the book they co-authored, The CEO and the Monk, which tells the story of how Catell, the former CEO of KeySpan Energy Corporation, and Moore, a former KeySpan executive, implemented a business strategy based on Moore’s creed, “What’s good for the spirit is good for the company.” During the course of Catell and Moore’s experience working together at KeySpan, the company and the entire utility industry was undergoing
great change due to laws that created deregulation and resulted in numerous business mergers. It was a difficult time of transition across the industry, and Catell wanted to ensure that KeySpan successfully navigated this change and avoided mistakes made by other energy companies, such as Enron. The company tapped Moore to work as an ombudsman who would serve as a link between the C-suite and the employees at large. “So here I was trying to change a company that was 100 years old, and Kenny was coming from a church that was 2,000 years old,” Catell said. “So I realized that we really could benefit from working together, and there were a lot of lessons that he learned in the
priesthood that I thought could be applied to some of the things we were trying to do.” Moore was not intimidated by working directly with the CEO of a Fortune 500 company and said, “Once you’re used to working with God, working with a CEO is no big deal.” During the presentation, Moore talked about how leaders in business often face complex predicaments that don’t necessarily have answers. “The deeper issues for leaders are not tactical, they are philosophical,” Moore said. “Who am I? Who are we? What are we about? What are we trying to do here? Our best leaders have thought deeply about these questions.”
PRESIDENT GETS A NEW COMMISSION BRENNAN O’DONNELL, PH.D., president of Manhattan College, was elected to serve as a 2011-2012 board member for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) on March 8, 2011. O’Donnell will sit on the finance and administrative committee of CICU’s board, and the newly elected board met in April. CICU is committed to representing New York’s 100 plus
independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities on issues of higher education public policy. With its members’ campuses enrolling more than 477,000 students, including nearly 300,000 New York state residents, board members play a crucial role in advocating every region in the state and in highlighting the diversity of institution type and size within the independent sector.
Published on Dec 3, 2011
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