As the leaders of tomorrow, Wake Forest University alumnus Ben Jones (’94) wants all business students to remember one thing—it all boils down to attitude. This important professional mantra was the focus of Jones’ keynote speech at the Spring 2011 Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony on April 7.
As a Senior Managing Director at Conway, Del Genio, Gries & Co., LLC and member of the Wake Forest University Schools of Business Board of Visitors, his words of wisdom come from many years of providing restructuring services to corporations throughout the nation. Jones noted that, while many companies will blame the economy or various other external factors for financial failures, more often than not, such incidences are self-inflicted. From his experience, many corporate failures are inevitably tied to a dysfunctional corporate culture coupled with, denial, complacency or resistance to change.
Jones implored inductees into the international honor society to live the Wake Forest ideals of Pro Humanitate and remember that, while attitude can determine failure, it can also determine success. He shared that “behavior and attitude will carry you far” and encouraged the audience to adopt the same advice he shares with companies—maintain a clear vision and strategy while remaining open to the possibility of change.
Caroline Reinert (’11), co-president of Beta Gamma Sigma, appreciated the insight. “Knowing you’re accountable for your attitude is both intimidating and empowering because it means you are the only one responsible for the behaviors and motivations that control your life.”
This year, Wake Forest had 89 new inductees at the undergraduate and master’s level.
The Beta Gamma Sigma inductees join an expanding worldwide network of more than 625,000 outstanding business professionals who have earned recognition through lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. Students ranking in the top 10% of the baccalaureate and top 20% of graduate programs at schools accredited by AACSB International are eligible for this invitation. Election to lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest honor a business student can receive anywhere in the world in an undergraduate or master’s program at a school accredited by AACSB International.