Jul 17, 2015

The Harvest Is Plentiful but the Workers Are Few

Christian Leadership Alliance Guest Post 

Matthew 9:37–38

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.   Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

This was so very true when it was written and still so very true today. The workers available to bring the good word to the world of Christ’s saving blood are few. This piece of Scripture is the foundation of what it is that we do here at In HIS Name HR.

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Mark Griffin is founder and Chief Consultant at In His Name HR LLC. He has over 20 years of HR experience. You can check out his published book HERE. Follow Mark on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

 

Feb 6, 2015

Encouragement At Work Series, The Danger of the Weakest Link

Proverbs 21:25

25The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.

One of the most difficult aspects of being a Christian leader is disciplining those who are not pulling their weight. Many weak leaders will ignore the behavior or even have one of their other direct reports try to intervene.

Employee performance issues are an inevitable part of the workplace.

Do you know a leader who will do almost anything possible to avoid having to face the disciplining of the rogue employee?

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Mark Griffin is founder and Chief Consultant at In His Name HR LLC. Mark writes extensively on career and human resources related topics.  Mark shares these experiences through The Christian Leadership Alliance blog community.  Mark  has over 20 years of HR experience.  Want to bring Bible based practical HR programs to your workplace?  Contact Mark today to see how his firm may help you:   Contact 

Nov 25, 2014

The Outrigger Experience for Marketplace and Ministry Leaders Greenville, SC January 23-24, 2015

Why the name Outrigger?

OUTRIGGER  [out-rig-er]   / ˈaʊtˌrɪɡə /   (noun):  a float or secondary hull fixed parallel to a canoe or other boat to stabilize it

If you are hoping for different results for your organization, but are stuck doing the same things over and over again…Outrigger is for you.

If your organization is looking for answers, you will find them at Outrigger.

Our presenters are exceptional.   The fellowship and iron-sharpening-iron that you will experience during our round table discussions will strengthen you and your organization.

What will You Learn?

We cover the following in our roundtable/focused discussions:
-Relevant business topics for Marketplace Leadership
-Casting Your Organization’s Vision
-Idea Generation and Execution
-Cultivating Gift Donors
-Media Relations (Earned Media)
-Out of the Box Promotions
-Strategic Planning for Your Future
-Reaching the Next Generation
-Donor Development vs. Serving Your Ministry Partners
-Board of Directors vs. Bored Directors
-Auditing Your Ministry
-Creative Ideas for Raising Money
-What is Your Ministry’s Brand (Customer Experience)?
-Telling Your Story
-and much, much more!

Outrigger Experience: Conference Leaders 

Greenville, SC
Location TBD
January 23-24, 2015

Contact us here to signup for updates and more information.

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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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How do you navigate though the areas of your work that you hate? How have you helped others that have been stuck? Let us know. We love to learn from others.

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.

Help our community of readers

What has your organization done to bring Christianity to the daily workplace? What steps must you continue to take to break down the barriers? We would like to know, so that our community will grow.

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.

Help our community of readers

What do you do to make sure your workplace is palatable? If you could make further changes, what would they look like? Share with us and enhance others through your contributions.

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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What has your organization done to help your employees? Have you set a good foundation for them to grow, support their families, and build the Kingdom in their communities?

May 15, 2013

Do You Know A Sloth-Like leader?

Proverbs 12:11

11Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.

One of the seven deadly sins is sloth. Many leaders look at their people and accuse them of sloth-like behavior, yet, if they examined themselves more closely, they would discover that they are equally guilty of being sloth-like, maybe not in the sense of their rate of production, but in the time spent in fantasizing about their business objectives.

 Sloth-like leaders dream too much and yield little

We all have lofty dreams — big dreams and pie-in-the-sky thoughts. And organizational vision is paramount to the success of every organization! The problem is that dreaming all day won’t satisfy your customers or get the widgets out the door! As Christian business leaders, we all need some time to ourselves to dream big for the creation of our goals and vision for our companies. Sometimes, though, we have witnessed leaders getting so caught up in big picture thinking that they lose their way in daily transactional business leadership, and their teams go astray, feeling they have no leadership. Leaders: if you find yourself disconnected from your teams and your businesses because of your lack of attention, focusing only on your lofty goals, wake up! If you can balance both day to day focus and big picture thinking, you are building a “Kingdom Minded” Organization.

When John Piper Reads “Pilgrim’s Conflict with Sloth”– You realize just how bad sloth behavior can be.

Help our community of readers

Have you witnessed a sloth in the workplace? What was the remedy? What have you done to combat your own sloth behavior?

May 8, 2013

Faith in the Marketplace Evangelical Seminary Myerstown PA

Faith in the Marketplace is designed to help those in leadership integrate our faith into the marketplace and see that our vocation is far more than a profession – it’s a calling of God.

Listen in to this PodCast as Mark gives encouragement to Christian Organizational Leaders.

Recorded live at Evangelical’s Myerstown Campus, 121 S. College Street Myerstown PA 17067-1299 on April 30, 2013.

Guest Speaker: Mark A. Griffin, President of In HIS Name HR Christian Business Consulting and author of How to Build a Kingdom-Minded Organization. Mark knows what works and does not work, and most importantly he sees the world through the employee’s perspective! He believes in treating everyone with dignity and respect, because after all, your employees are part of your company family.

 

 

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Jan 21, 2013

Lead with Grace and Peace; Never Condemn

Acts 17: 22–23

Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.  For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.”

Christian business leaders should speak to their people where they are

In this verse, Paul brought himself to where the listener was. He spoke to where “they are.” This is important, because he did not rush into the conversation with judgment and condemnation; he actually praised them for being “very religious.” As the book continues, Paul brings to light what and how they needed to correct themselves. We learn a lot about Paul as a leader. How many times do you as a leader immediately jump to the negative with your people? Why not praise them first when it is appropriate on what it is they are doing right.

So, Christian business leaders, what say you? Do you compliment for effort, but guide your people back to the right direction with grace and peace? If you do, they will perform incredible acts of commitment for you and your organization. If you do, you are building a “Kingdom Minded” Organization.

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Tell us about a leader that you have admired in the past, what they did to help you develop in the areas that you were weak. What was their approach? Why did you respect them?