Spiritual Capitalism is not an oxymoron. It’s the title of a book by Peter Ressler and Monika Mitchell Ressler, two fine people who I met a few years ago. The subtitle is “How 9/11 gave us nine spiritual lessons of work and business.” Peter and Monika were kind enough to ask me to write the forward, which is below. You can order the book here.
Where were you on September 11, 2001? I bet you remember. I was in Los Angeles, on assignment for Fortune magazine, where I’ve worked as a writer since 1996. I rented a car and drove to Yahoo, the big Internet portal which immediately became a place where people congregated, virtually, to connect with friends and family, to share emotions and to donate money. The people who work at Yahoo were really excited. They felt like they were making a difference, albeit from a distance.
To Peter Ressler and his wife of fourteen years. Monika Mitchell Ressler, the terrorist attack was much more personal. Peter and Monika had worked on Wall Street, as partners in their own executive search firm for ten years, on assignment for big investment banks like Goldman Sachs and Lehman Bros. Peter and their older son were in Manhattan when the planes hit. Monica and their younger son were in suburban Long Island. They had friends in the investment world who died. They also had friends among the New York City fire fighters who responded to the emergency. Monica had hired fire fighters, on their days off, to renovate commercial and investment properties, a business she ran on the side. Peter had been friends for more than 20 years with Father Mychal Judge, the fire department chaplain, who was the first official casualty of the attack. Peter and Monica were intimately familiar with the two groups of people collided that dayâ€”the privileged Wall Street executives and the working-class fire fighters who poured into the Twin Towers in an effort to save them.
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