John Anthony McDonald II: A Man of Uncommon Vision
John Anthony McDonald II is very much the product of his grandmother, and the lessons he learned from her echoes down into the character of the J. Anthony’s Company today.
John’s grandmother taught him thrift rather than greed. He knew nothing of “get rich quick” business schemes and can’t bear the thought of ill-gotten gain. Many of his business ideals and principles, almost unheard of in this day and time, remain progressive to this day. For example, John McDonald does business based on the simple idea that every profit should be fairly earned. One of his mottos still guides J. Anthony’s purchasing practices today: “Deal with the seller so justly that they will want to sell to you again.”
Another driving principle of John McDonald’s that resonates in today’s resource-conscious world is his hatred of waste of any kind. Leading by example, he inspires each of his employees to avoid even the slightest waste of material, time or opportunity.
Finally, John McDonald learned from his grandmother a genuine and enduring concern and respect for every person, rich or poor, and always tried to practice her favorite rule for living: “Always remember to place yourself in the other person’s shoes".
Individually, the principles John
McDonald instilled in his company can seem simple and almost quaint. Taken together though, they’re an all-too-rare combination in today’s business world. Fortunately, John McDonald himself shows that common sense, decency and social justice is a proven recipe for enduring business success.