Macau, Macau

This workshop brings together business people who share the beliefs and principles expressed in The Vocation of the Business Leader. Examples of the beliefs and principles expressed in this volume are:

  • Businesses have the potential to be a force for great good in any society
  • Respect for human dignity and the common good are foundational principles which should inform the way we organise the labour and capital employed, and the processes of innovation, in a market system
  • Building a productive organisation is a primary way in which business people can share in the unfolding of the work of creation
  • The vocation of the businessperson is a genuine human calling
  • The many pressures business leaders face may lead them to forget the Gospel call in their daily professional activities
  • Well-integrated business leaders can respond to the rigorous demands placed upon them with a servant attitude, recalling Jesus who washed the feet of His disciples


  • Macao: 05 November 2015
  • Hong Kong: 07 November 2015


  • Macao: Macau Ricci Institute


  • English



Prof Mike Thompson, Chairman of GoodBrand, London; Chairman of Good Leaders Online, Shanghai, Adjunct Professor at Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria; Visiting Professor, CEIBS, Shanghai.


Dr. Stephan Rothlin S.J. has gained an international reputation for providing dynamic promotion, support and inspiration for the worldwide practice of ethics in business and commerce. He has consistently epitomized best practices while offering educational consulting and sound business precepts that encourage the business community and society at large to look at honesty, integrity, respect, transparency and responsibility as being an indispensable part of the proper conduct of business activities.


The Vocation of the Business Leader sets out an approach which “entails seeing clearly the situation, judging with principles that foster the integral development of people, and acting in a way which implements these principles in light of one’s unique circumstances and in a manner consistent with the teaching of the Faith.” In short: Seeing, Judging and Acting.

The Workshop is a series of facilitated discussions to apply the three behavioural perspectives in small and large groups and then discussed amongst all participants in the workshop. The maximum number of participants for the workshop is 45.


Individual preparation: Seeing the social challenges that are most adjacent to your business, perhaps in a fresh perspective of stakeholders who include the poor.

Small groups: Developing insights on those challenges through discussion in groups of three. Identifying the nature of our behaviours in meeting the challenges.

All: Sharing and grouping the challenges from all groups to select three challenges to address.


Facilitator: Judging wisely for the Common Good

Individual preparation: Identify particular operations in your business or organisation that place pressure on human dignity and subsidiarity.

All: Invite individuals to share about the pressures on human dignity and subsidiarity. Facilitated open discussion.


Groups: Seeing an opportunity to contribute to the common good in each of the three ‘Seeing’ challenges in groups of five. Constructing an outline Action Plan and one next step.

All: Each group shares their Action Plan to all participants.

Facilitator: Summarises, challenges, insights and actions.

Organising Institutions

  • The Macau Ricci Institute
  • University of St Joseph
  • The Macau Association for Business Ethics
  • Hong Kong Management Association