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My Very Last Summer Book Bag

approximately thirty-five years in this blog, as well as on WBEZ, WTTW, and
WGN, I have, every summer and at Christmas, been in the habit of putting
together a list of my most recently read, favorite books. Why? Because book are
my window to the world. And the various views of the world that I have acquired
in my […]

On Being a Generalist

LUC Library

In 1968, when Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J., published his ground-breaking text, An Honest Profit: What Businessmen Say About Ethics in Business, his intentions were quite modest. His attempt was to survey what business persons thought about, believed in, and actually did in regard to ethics in their […]

The Examined Life

I’ve been a student of philosophy all of my life. I fell in love with the discipline the very moment I read the Socratic adage, “An unexamined life is not worth living!” What Socrates meant is that for life to be authentic, to be lived well, and to be one of integrity and honesty, it […]

The Nature of Lying

Whether you are a supporter or a critic of Mr. Trump, an undeniable reality is that Mr. Trump often confuses fact and fiction, opinion and objectivity, truth and non-truths. So, in the hopes of achieving political and philosophical clarity the following is on the nature of lying. I hope this helps!

Lying, to lie, to tell […]

Christmas Book Bag

Contrary to popular belief, books make great Christmas presents. Books last longer than wine, brandy, or candy. They are a vicarious way to travel the world, time, or space! Books can entertain, enlighten, engage and delight us. They are able to produce tears, laughter, joy, and/or sorrow. Sure, giving a book is always a bit […]

Drucker On Leadership

Peter F. Drucker has been hailed as a guru and a sage. According to best-selling management author Jim Collins, “there are two ways to change the world: with the pen (the use of ideas) and with the sword (the use of power). Drucker chose the pen.” In a career that spanned nearly 70 years, Drucker […]

Labor Day


It can be argued that notwithstanding the 4th of July and Thanksgiving – that Labor Day is the one true American holiday. Oh yes, on July 4th we celebrate our freedom and on Thanksgiving, a celebration of our pioneer survival in the New World. But Labor Day is the celebration of generations and generations of […]

Gini in a Bottle: 2018 Summer Book Bag

Summer is almost upon us! That means a change in the seasons, vacation plans, and compiling a list of books to read on the beach, on a plane or just in the backyard. Every summer I offer a few of my favorites for your perusal and consideration. If you don’t like this summer selections check […]

Old Age Ain’t No Place for Sissies!


Blogs are theoretically supposed to be well reasoned tightly constructed, personalized essays on a specific matter or topic. I think the bulk of my blogs over the years have conformed to this paradigm.

This time, however, I want to offer you something slightly different.

What I’m posting here is the script that I prepared for a radio […]

To Blog or Not To Blog

To play on a phrase from Shakespeare: “To blog or not to blog! That is the question!” Why do I do it? Why do so many of us do it?

Is it because technology makes it easy to do?
Is it because we are exercising our democratic right to “free speech”?
Is it because we have something really […]

About this blog

Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics in the Department of Management in the Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago. He serves as the “Resident Philosopher” on WGN Radio, and is the author/editor of twelve books. His latest book is entitled: The Importance of Being Funny: Why We Need More Jokes in Our Lives, 2017.