Oct 13, 2014

You Will Never Have Enough Money

Ecclesiastes 5:10

10Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.

I have made a lot of money at times and I have made little money at other times. One underlying similarity is that I have never had to sleep on the streets or go unfed. We serve and experience an amazing God, One who cares for us far more than we could ever imagine. I believe, and have always believed, even before I was saved, that if you love what it is that you do, if you put your whole heart and soul into it and you trust God, you will reap amazing rewards, and not just financial ones.

When you put your trust in God, you will reap rewards

So, dear Readers, if you love God far more than your money and your stuff, it will be evident to all, especially the people you lead. If you are leading for God and not money, you are truly building the strong foundation for a “Kingdom Minded” Organization.

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Jul 22, 2014

Lead Employees to Excellence at Work, Home and Their Communities

Ephesians 2:10

10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Part of leading people is developing them to be the best they can be, not only in the workplace but within their families and communities as well. Look at your people from a whole person perspective, not just a ‘worker” perspective. Give your people the opportunity to do greatness in their lives and they will do great things for you. Developing your people skills can impact the communities in which they live and in which you do business. Many companies are putting programs in place that help match employees’ interests to volunteer opportunities in the community. Some companies are shutting down for a week and building homes with Habitat for Humanity, for example.

Develop your people not only to be their best at work but their best at home and their communities.

I have often wanted to manage a process where a company would inspire their people by running a contest in which each employee could present why their volunteer organization is the most impactful. The winner would receive a considerable prize to help fund the employee’s efforts. If you are promoting good works by your employees not only in the workplace, but in the world we live in, you are going great things for God, and you are building a “Kingdom Minded” Organization.

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Jun 6, 2014

Your Work Counts Even When You Hate It

Ecclesiastes 9:10

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

We have all had assignments that were, well, quite frankly, awful! I remember early on in my career finding myself on special assignment to a plant location that I had been led to believe was a prestigious assignment. Instead, it was wrought with labor strife and involved dealing with some incredibly difficult employee relations issues.

Soon after landing there, I realized just how bad it was. Well, I could have just as easily done my time, made myself look busy and navigated through the assignment for a few months and moved on, letting everyone know that, yes, it is bad, and it is not correctable. But I took a different stance. I looked at it like Joel Osteen would: “I am a victor; I am a conqueror; I can and will do all things through Christ.” I went in head on with passion and determination to fix many of the issues. Yes, in the beginning, I hated the assignment; there’s no denying that. But I worked countless hours counseling both leaders and union members, and, at the end, we came to common ground and both sides thanked me.

I can and will do all things through Christ

So, Christian business leaders, have you got the guts to go head on with determination, taking on the hard issues at hand for your companies? If you do, and you lead with conviction and passion, you will be blessed in the building of a “Kingdom Minded” Organization.

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Apr 29, 2014

Performance Arrogance Brings Everyone Down

Ecclesiastes 5:6

Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple messenger, “My vow was a mistake.” Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands?

Have you ever watched one of your best employees produce excellent results and then ruin it all with their arrogance? Have you ever witnessed a senior executive deliver a passionate speech that rocked your world but, at the end, credit themselves and not their teams? If you have, you will know how bad they look and how unfortunate it is that their hard work and dedication was just overshadowed by their arrogance and self-love.

Give credit to the Team, not yourself

The workplace can be challenging in the sense that we are to perform, and that performance is typically measured and reviewed. But that measurement and level of deliverance is between you and your superior, not between you and the entire company!

No one likes a braggart, so if you keep your performance results to performance discussions, and if you are managing your teams to do the same, you are building a “Kingdom Minded” Organization

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Jan 14, 2014

Lending Money to Your Needy

Exodus 22:25

25If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest.

I once worked for a company who, on occasion, would loan employees money when they were down and out. I thought, this is great! This company cares so much about their employees that they are willing to loan them money to see them through hard times. Well, it did not take me long to find out that they were charging interest to these same employees. Not only is it wrong from a personal, moral perspective, but it is also illegal. This, my friends, was a company that, at the same time, professed Christian values! When challenged, the leadership that made this decision simply said they felt they were helping their people by providing a lower rate than a bank would have, and sparing them the hassle of having to go through the loan process.

Are you treating your employees with honor and respect?

Well, rationalizing it as helping employees might make them feel better but, after spending more time at this same company, I discovered they were cheating their employees in a number of ways. Shameful. So, Christian Leaders, ask yourself today: are you caring for your people? If they came to you for a loan, would you humbly offer it to them interest-free, as if it were God’s money and not yours? If you are, you are truly building a “Kingdom Minded” Organization.

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Dec 11, 2013

Workplace Requirements Have Changed — Have You?

Proverbs 14:23

 23All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Hard work. When most people think of hard work, they think of manual work, production and agricultural jobs that require physical strength. Many of the hardest jobs that we began this century doing no longer exist! They have been replaced with robotics and automation. But that does not mean that hard work no longer exists. Hard work is now better defined as work that requires multiple skills and multitasking. 

Appreciate and be empathetic with your Team

As we advance our businesses, we must never forget that what might seem easier now might not necessarily be easier; it is done instead with less physical strength but greater amounts of decision-making and dexterity.  Do you lead with heart?  If you are appreciative and empathetic of your employees’ work, if you know what it is like to walk in their shoes for a day, you are building a “Kingdom Minded” Organization.

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Oct 22, 2013

Christian Business Leaders: Be a Modern Day Apostle

Deuteronomy 30:8-10

8You will again obey the LORD and follow all his commands I am giving you today. 9Then the LORD your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The LORD will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your ancestors, 10if you obey the LORD your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

How long must we manage our organizations absent of God before we realize that prosperity comes when we include Him! Having met with hundreds of Christian business professionals, I seem to run into the same common thread: we go to church on Sunday and “turn off” our Christianity on Monday. How long must we all go until we come to the realization that Church is every day?

 Christian Business Leaders Are Modern-day Apostles.

Christ ordained his apostles and sent them back to work. Their work included fishing, accounting and even tax collection. Christ did not demand that they stop working; they ministered in the marketplace. So, today, all of us who are Christian Business Leaders are modern-day Apostles. If you’re Christianity doesn’t stop on Sunday nights, if you instead build it into your leadership and your organization’s values, you are building a “Kingdom Minded” Organization.

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Sep 5, 2013

Create a Prosperous Workplace for Employees

Genesis 2:15

5The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

From the very beginning of time we have been blessed with work! Work is an inevitable part of our lives. When we are not working, we are often thinking about work! Work seems to preoccupy all of us. Work defines us, feeds and prospers us. Work is the foundation of our society and our world. Work, my friends, is not going away. If work is inevitable, and we must take it straight on, why does it have to be terrible at most places of work? 

If work is inevitable, why allow it to be bad?

 If we are honest with ourselves, we know the reason, and it is leadership, plain and simple. Any workplace that employees feel is destructive will always point back to a lack of competent leadership. Work does not have to be a utopia; of course it has elements of discomfort because of its very nature — you’re not fishing or at the beach! Leaders make sure work is a good place for your employees. But work should be enjoyable and meaningful to those who go.

If you manage your business with leadership that creates a culture of inclusion, prosperity, and a shared vision, while fostering plain old family love and relationships, you are building a “Kingdom Minded” Company.

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Jun 6, 2013

Are You Generous with Your Employees?

Proverbs 22:9

9The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.

How many companies give thousands away but their employees can’t afford to buy their medical coverage? This happens more than you might realize.

Having worked at a variety of companies, both secular and Christian-owned, has given me the opportunity to witness a similar thread of generosity absurdity. Oftentimes our tendency to be generous involves looking outward to our communities, our nation or other continents. However, we should, as Christian Leaders, look first inward before looking outward.

Take care of your employees and they will take care of their communities

Let me explain in simple terms — help your employees first so they may be prosperous and go forth to help build the Kingdom. Not paying your employees correctly for the sake of having more dollars to give to a foundation, a foreign mission, or local charity is self-defeating. Ultimately, your employees will grow bitter and their fruit will never ripen.

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May 23, 2013

Be Diligent in Your Decision Making

Leviticus 25:14

14If you sell land to any of your own people or buy land from them, do not take advantage of each other. 15You are to buy from your own people on the basis of the number of years since the Jubilee. And they are to sell to you on the basis of the number of years left for harvesting crops. 16When the years are many, you are to increase the price, and when the years are few, you are to decrease the price, because what is really being sold to you is the number of crops.

In today’s competitive world, companies are experiencing pricing pressures like never before. Being a second or third choice of customers will more than likely put you out of business. The knee-jerk reaction to cut corners, short customers, overcharge or underbid a job with the intention of up-charging later is all too real.

Be diligent in your decision-making; be faithful and so shall HE

Every day, you and your employees are faced with making choices, choices to do the right thing even when you believe it may ultimately harm your company. But that, dear reader, is faulty thinking. Organizations that have solid Mission, Visions and Core Values and lean into them during hard times will prevail. When we put our trust in Christ and do the right thing, make the right choices and stay truthful in our business lives, we will outlive the others. Build a “Kingdom Minded” Organization today, trust in Christ, and be diligent.

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