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Casey Gerald, Harvard MBA graduate and co-founder of MBAs Across America gave a truly remarkable commencement address to his graduating class in May 2014.
If you wanted to change the world in the 20th century, you went to law school. To change the world now, he went to business school.
“As we leave this place for the last time, some as Baker Scholars and some by the seat of our pants, we take up the work of not just making a living but of making a life. For if all we have learned here are Four Ps, and Five Forces and Six Sigma, we will prove William Faulkner right, that we labor under a curse, that we live not for love but for lust, for defeats in which nobody loses anything of value, for victories without hope, and worst of all without pity or compassion, that our griefs grieve on no universal bones, leaving no scars, that we live not from the heart but from the glands.
“No, my friends, we have more work to do, hard work, frightening work, uncertain work and unending work, work that may test us, work that may defeat us, work for which we may not get the credit but work for which the whole world depends. The time is short and the odds are long but I believe that we are ready nonetheless, with the love of those who raised us, with the lessons of those who taught us, with the strength of those who stand beside us as we face what lies ahead. I say let us begin.”
Posting this here as I believe we’ll see great things from this fellow. His oration is confidently Clinton-esque, but more importantly, he seems to focus on things that will make a lasting, meaningful difference.
The new ‘bottom line’ in business is the impact you have on your community and the world around you — no amount of profit can make up for purpose.