Fireflies: Leading with Excellence and Integrity

Fireflies: Leading with Excellence and Integrity

by Melt van der Spuy


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Fireflies: Leading with Excellence and Integrity by Melt van der Spuy

Worldwide examples of unethical conduct in both private businesses and government institutions seem to continue without end. Why haven’t we made any significant impact on the amount of fraud and corruption?

In an effort to improve integrity and ethical conduct in the workplace, many organizations have increased their efforts to educate their employees on the regulations that govern their organizations, their industries, and the countries they do business in. This is, however, only part of the equation, and we have neglected the more important part: the development of individuals’ characters.

Just as firefly populations are dwindling worldwide, so are populations of business and government leaders who radiate the light of well-developed, virtuous characters. Simply put, we need more fireflies in the workforce—fireflies are leaders who understand the importance of character development as the foundation for successful leadership.

In Fireflies: Leading with Excellence and Integrity, Melt van der Spuy explains how good character, like fireflies’ light, requires purpose, effort, strength, and efficiency. He focuses on seven key virtues, drawn from classical and Christian thought, that are foundational to building good character.

Fireflies will awaken your thinking about what it really takes to fraud proof your business and deliver excellence with integrity. Dare to be a firefly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632694300
Publisher: Deep River Books LLC
Publication date: 02/23/2017
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Melt’s father wanted him to become a physician like his grandfather. Unable to stomach the blood associated with surgical work, he decided to enter pharmacy school instead. That opened the door into the world of medical innovations and sales. In 1992, Melt received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from North-West University in South Africa. He joined Eli Lilly and Company as a pharmacy intern in 1993.

During his journey from intern to vice president of emerging markets, Melt lived and worked in several countries across the world. In England, he discovered his identity in Christ and earned a certificate in business management from Henley College. Later, in Indianapolis, Indiana, he met his wife Marise.

Melt left Eli Lilly in 2015 to share what he’s learned about leadership with others. His book Fireflies: Leading with Excellence and Integrity is part of that effort. Melt is a trustee at the Firefly Leadership Trust. He lives in George, South Africa, with Marise and their three daughters, Kristin, Mikela, and Kira. There, he manages the family companies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Foreword 11

Chapter 1 Where Have All the Fireflies Gone? 13

Chapter 2 How to Fraud Proof Your Business 25

Chapter 3 Discovering the Essence of My "Why" 49

Chapter 4 Prudence-Wisdom 59

Chapter 5 Temperance-Self-Discipline 89

Chapter 6 Justice-Fairness 109

Chapter 7 Fortitude-Courage 139

Chapter 8 Faith 157

Chapter 9 Hope 167

Chapter 10 Love 177

Chapter 11 Dare to Be a Firefly 191

Appendix: "Firefly Populations Are Disappearing" (extracts) Seth Mydans 199

Recommended Reading 203

Notes 205

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