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Christmas Book Bag

Christmas Book Bag

Al Gini

Resident Philosopher

Loyola University Chicago

Christmas- A time for family and friends.
Also, a time of Anxiety and Perplexity!
Gifts! What to give those you love?
There is no one right gift or answer to this problem.
But for me, I’ve decided to give to others things that I love […]

Reflection on Mandela

Reflection on Mandela

Al Gini

Quinlan school of Business

Loyola University Chicago

            December 5, 2014 is the first anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela. His death was a peaceful one, but his life was anything but tranquil or well ordered. Mandela was neither a prophet nor a saint. But […]

10 Intellectual Virtues

Gini in the Bottle

10 Intellectual Virtues

Al Gini


It’s mid-term election season, and in Illinois we have a race going on for the Governor’s office. To date, both candidates have been accusing each other of ethical lapses and failures. Each has questioned the integrity of the other. Both claim moral superiority […]

10 Tips for a Better Life

Gini in a Bottle

10 Tips for a Better Life

Al Gini

              This summer Pope Francis gave an interview to the Argentine news weekly, Viva. In it the Pope offered his “Top 10 Tips” for joy in one’s life. Whether you’re a Catholic, a Muslim, a Jew, or a non-believer his list […]

Lessons Being Learned By An Aging Boomer Generation: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The post war “Baby Boomers” are about 72 million strong. They are children of the “Greatest Generation”, the generation who survived the Depression and saved the world during WWII. Boomers are, as a group: the best educated, the most prosperous; the healthiest; most mortgaged (homes, cars, credit cards); most addicted (drugs, alcohol, shopping); most divorced; […]

Catholic Education and Assimilation


(Note to the Reader:  The following is a presentation I prepared for Loyola’s Italian/American Studies Program.  It’s a bit longer than my usual blogs, but I thought you might find it worthwhile.)

I remember my very first day of school in 1949.  There were exactly sixty of us Sister Edna’s class.  We all sat in uncomfortable […]

Summer Book Bag 2014

Summer Book Bag

Al Gini

Quinlan School of Business

Loyola University Chicago

            It’s almost summer time!  And in summer, time seems to slow down a bit.  If we’re lucky, we get to take a vacation.  Or maybe, just sit on the front porch or in the back yard and relax, recharge, and read […]

Pope Francis on Leadership


There is no denying the fact that, Pope Francis has become an international cultural icon and role model.  Time dubbed him “Person of the Year” for 2013.  He has been featured as the cover story in America’s “hip” entertainment magazine, Rolling Stone.  The BBC has called him a “superstar”.  International media watchers claim that he […]

Fail Your Way To Success

Success is never nearly entirely a matter of luck.  Success requires, at the very least, a medium of competence, commitment, effort, and energy.  But, being a grinder is not enough.  Having passion is no guarantee either.  There is no formula, no algorithm for success.  Malcolm Gladwell’s mantra of repeating your efforts 10,000 times, works for […]

Yet Another Formula For Happiness

January is finally over!  The holidays are in the rearview mirror!  The resolutions we’ve made have failed or have long since been forgotten. Depending on whose statistics you embrace, 90% of all resolutions fail 60% in the first 3 days!

            On reflection, what are these resolutions about?  What are they all after?  What are they […]

About this blog

Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chair of the Department of Management at Loyola University Chicago. He is also the cofounder and Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, and serves as the Resident Philosopher on National Public Radio’s Chicago affiliate, WBEZ-FM. Dr. Gini is the author of several books, including Seeking The Truth of Things (ACTA, 2010).