One of the world’s top public philosophers and pioneering business thinkers was the featured speaker at the Niagara University Peggy and John Day University Honors Lecture Series, April 30, 2019, in the Castellani Art Museum on the Niagara University campus.
Tom Morris, speaker, author, and former philosophy professor, started his talk by asking the audience to name any of the great philosophers in human history, rewarding respondents with candy bars, and ended it with an invitation for attendees to contact him at any time. Throughout the hour in between, Morris kept his audience engaged and amused with personal anecdotes and advice gleaned through his extensive study of the ancient philosophers.
“For the first time ever, people are asking deep, philosophical questions of their lives,” he said. “Having tried everything else, people are turning to ancient wisdom.”
Morris first began researching the idea that modern-day business success can be influenced by “the wisdom of the ages” 30 years ago, when he was a professor at Notre Dame. “Is there a universal framework for success?” he wondered.
His study led him to develop “The 7 Cs of Success,” which include having a clear conception of the goal; the confidence, concentration, consistency and commitment to obtain it; a good character to stay on course; and the capacity to enjoy the process along the way.
Morris has shared what he learned with organizations such as Toyota, General Motors, Merrill Lynch, Verizon, Price Waterhouse, Target Stores, Taco Bell, and the American Heart Association, and has been featured on “Live with Regis & Kathie Lee” and “The Today Show.”
The Peggy and John Day University Honors Lecture Series was established through a gift from Margaret Ranft, ’77, and John Day.