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Business On Purpose Conversations
33 minutes | 11 days ago
Why listening is a business growth strategy with Natalie Mangrum
Entrepreneurs know how to solve the world’s problems, right? Natalie Mangrum, founder and CEO of Maryland Teacher Tutors, talks with us about how listening to the perspective of others has given her the insights she needed to solve problems and grow her business. We discuss how seeking wisdom from God, other business owners, and brothers and sisters in Christ helps to bring clarity to decision-making while also cultivating patience and purpose in your business. Listen to the end for our discussion of social media and hear how deciding who to listen to and where to seek wisdom are just as important as the act of listening itself. Conversation highlights: --"I can ask God for wisdom, but I also need to pursue it.” --How do you cultivate a desire for input from those who have valuable perspective and wisdom? --Going slow helps you to listen and find the right people to hear from. --Part of wisdom is learning which voices to exclude from your decision-making process and being careful about which voices have influence in your business and your life. --Be reflective about the purpose of your business and evaluate whether those you are listening to are affirming that purpose. --Every Christian business has essentially the same mission. True or false? --Do you lack wisdom? Ask God for it. (James 1:5-8) “Then I wait, because I know it’s coming.” --When your prayers for wisdom or specifically regarding your business are answered, how do you handle the reality that God is at work through you and your businesses? --Don’t pretend to know what God is doing through your business if you don’t have clarity about it. Let God work and focus on being patient in waiting and listening. --Your business is for your joy. How is that true? --Acknowledging your limitations equips you to wisely seek the input of others. "I am very shocked and concerned that there are people who think they have all the answers…but I am very aware that I don’t.” --When is a coffee table a bench? --Why Natalie (a social media pro) eliminated social media as a source of influence in her life. Learn more about Maryland Teacher Tutors: https://www.marylandteachertutors.com/ Connect with Natalie/MTT: https://www.facebook.com/marylandteachertutors/ Connect with Aaron: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-groen/
36 minutes | a month ago
The local church as business partner with Adam Muhtaseb and Dan Mackett
Startup businesses are risky and prone to failure. Church planting is difficult, costly and time-consuming. What might happen when you combine the two? Our guests on this episode—Dan Mackett the founder of Redemption Collective and Adam Muhtaseb, the pastor of Redemption City Church—join us to talk about just that. We dig into how new businesses and new churches can partner in a way that effectively utilizes commercial real estate and increases the likelihood of success of both kinds of startups: church plants and new businesses. Conversation Highlights: --Imagine kicking off a potential partnership between a church plant and business start-up by finding a dead person on the doorstep of the property. --Realizing the need for a strategy for optimizing commercial real estate to make urban church planting more sustainable long term. --The goal is running Kingdom-oriented business Monday-Saturday, in order to support the ministry of the local church. --"Evangelism is doing ordinary things with gospel intentionality.” The local business-local church partnership enables many natural opportunities for evangelism. --Decisions that might feel like sacrifices to a typical church are calculated risks taken to enable growth. --This partnership illustrates how Christian business owners use their unique gifting in business may be their primary means of serving and equipping their local church. --Combining a vision of successful businesses that also enable church plants in cities to stay afloat in their communities. --How do you not take advantage of lower-income residents of a city neighborhood when creating a church-business partnership? --Pursuing the goal of more flourishing for people in neighborhoods where the businesses and churches will be located. --What kind of people are a good fit for leading a church planting/new business partnership? Learn more: Connect with Dan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-mackett-00272442/ Learn more about Redemption Collective: https://www.redemptioncollective.org/ Connect with Adam: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-muhtaseb-611341143/ Learn more about Redemption City Church: https://www.rccbaltimore.org/
35 minutes | 2 months ago
Your business can't afford to ignore people with disabilities
Are people with disabilities part of your business plan? Why is that? Guests Dave Baldwin, founder of Furnace Hills Coffee and Amberle Brown, founder of The Banquet Network help us explore how Christian business owners can think about hiring, serving and or simply befriending those with disabilities. We tackle misconceptions about people with disabilities, the Bible’s teaching on this subject and what role Christian-owned businesses might play in helping individuals who have disabilities. Conversation highlights: --People with disabilities are the largest underreached people group in the world (and the U.S.)—"only 5-10% of people with disabilities will hear the gospel in an accessible way.” --How God used disability to fulfill dreams. --Would people with disabilities be an asset or a liability in your business? Can you conceive of the fact that having employees with disabilities might improve your bottom line? “Your business is not as good as it could be” if you don’t have room for people with disabilities. Luke 14:13 - “invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.” The weaker parts of the body are indispensable. (I Cor. 12:22) “Having a disability doesn’t rid someone of their purpose.” “People with disabilities have the potential to positively transform your business culture.” Are you afraid of hiring or serving someone with disabilities? “We have to love more than we fear.” Could your company partner with your local church to identify those with disabilities and their talents and gifting? Don’t know what do? Find an adult with development disabilities and become their friend. Resources: Collaborative on Faith and Disability – Putting Faith to Work Connect with Dave on LinkedIn Learn more about Furnace Hills Coffee: https://www.furnacehillscoffee.com/ Connect with Amberle on LinkedIn Learn more about The Banquet Network: https://www.thebanquetnetwork.com/
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Conflict, Lawsuits, The Bible & Your Business with Hunter Brown and Michael Crawford
Get ready for some applied theology. This episode features two theological guests, Hunter Brown and Michael Crawford, who help us explore Paul’s warnings in I Corinthians 6 about lawsuits between Christians and how those warnings apply to business owners. Importantly, this is much more than a discussion about lawsuits. It’s an also encouragement about how God has equipped the church to bless business owners through righteousness and justice. Listen in to hear how this truth applies to your business context and what tools and truth God has given you to justly resolve disagreements and conflicts—and offer you perspective when justice isn’t readily apparent. Conversation highlights: --Where do you want to have your arguments or resolve your conflicts? Inside the church or inside the courts? --“The church is equipped to deal with disputes. The church is the perfect place to settle arguments and disputes. We can fight and we can resolve to God’s glory.” --The Corinthians were giving the church “a missional blackeye.” When Christians publicly fail to resolve a conflict we’re “exposing our inability to execute righteousness before the world.” --Why is the church so uniquely positioned to navigate righteousness and justice? --Don’t be thrown off by “why not rather be defrauded?” in this text. That’s not the first or even necessarily the last option. -Paul’s argument is: It’s better to suffer wrong, than to imply that Christ’s church can’t mediate conflict and achieve justice. --One of the blessings of the church? “You have a better court.” --What if you are a business owner and you are thinking, “I’m going to get more justice in the court than in my church?” We tackle this issue head on. --The ecclesiological implications of I Corinthians 6. --Does this text apply if you have a business dispute with a Christian who is outside your local church? Listen to past episodes and subscribe to the podcast at: https://businessonpurposeconference.com/podcast/
22 minutes | 3 months ago
Choosing to help your employees grow
Everyone says employees are the lifeblood of your business. If that’s true, how we help the people who work for us to hone their skills and develop their God-given talent is a life and death matter for our business. In this episode Fenton Groen, President of Groen Construction, shares his experience from decades in business on how to invest in employees. Fenton offers wisdom for business owners about how to acknowledge that your people are uniquely gifted and the people who work for your business are not interchangeable cogs in a machine. Conversation Highlights: -What’s a bigger risk: moving a valuable employee to a new position, or keeping them where they are for too long? -Do you prioritize smooth operations over developing the God-given talents of employees? -“If you try to hold some one back you have a very high chance of losing them, and then you have the worst of both worlds.” (5:06) -Sometimes God orchestrates the development of talent in your business, DESPITE, your resistance to stretching yourself and your employees in new jobs. -How does a 17-year-old with limited financial skills became an acting CFO after 8 years of on-the-job training? -What if your employee doesn’t want to grow? (14:08) -“It’s not my job as a business owner to compel my employees to grow into their God-given responsibilities.” (16:25) -The task of a business owner & manager: weighing an employee’s “Ability, willingness & risk-taking quotient.” Learn more about Fenton and Groen Construction: https://www.groenconstruction.com/
61 minutes | 3 months ago
Keeping Your Employees Engaged in a Volatile World
Employee engagement matters more than ever during a year as tumultuous as 2020. What’s your plan for keeping your team engaged with their work? In this episode, we bring you a special Business On Purpose webinar conversation between Chris Allen and Mike Boyes, both experts in the field of employee engagement and company culture. Chris and Mike share insights for keeping team members engaged, motivated and productive based on scripture, social science research and their work with business leaders. They address how current conditions disrupt God’s plan for work and how to restore healthy mindsets, relationships and productivity to your workplace. Conversation highlights: --Connections with team members should not be simply about sharing information. Instead we should also plan to make our connections with team members or employees about connecting on a personal level. --Isolation causes our ability to personally connect with people to atrophy. The personal connections we need are what we may be tempted to drift away from as we move more towards virtual connections and less spontaneous personal-level connections. Leaders are especially tempted to do this, to connect less in order to “get more work done.” --Can monkeys teach us about how to cope with the stress which leads to disconnection? --“In the absence of information, people make up stories.” Keep your teams informed, otherwise they will create an alternative reality. --Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic motivational factors. Leaders help employees understand the purpose and meaning of their work both within the organization and within the scope of what really matters in life. --Helping people find meaning and purpose in their work requires leaders to take on an “inspirational” role. Keep reminding people of the purpose of their work, even if you did it yesterday or last week or last month. --Ensure team members know who your customers are. Some customers are outside the organization, some customers are within the organization. --When the world is rapidly changing (as it is right now), companies need adaptive employees. These are people who innovate and solve problems. But how do we help people become adaptive? --Who is responsible for doing the “thinking” in your business? Does that need to change? --Sin, shame and blame are active in your organization, whether or not you acknowledge it. How will you deal with these realities? --Engaged team members know exactly what it means to win. --Anxiety stems from maintaining pre-COVID expectations, even if those expectations are no longer valid. Engaged teams talk about this openly and collaboratively. --We are wired to look to leaders and model their behavior. How does that truth inform your leadership of your team? Books to consider: Primed to Perform Winning Now, Winning Later What’s Best Next Nonviolent Communication Get connected! Connect with Chris. Connect with Mike. Connect with Aaron.
45 minutes | 4 months ago
Marketing as Stewardship with Ken Kinard and Mike Boyes
Is marketing your business inherently worldly? Or can Christian business owners faithfully market, advertise and promote their businesses? In this episode, the interview tables are turned: Ken Kinard and Mike Boyes of the Workwise podcast delve into this issue with Aaron Groen as the guest. We examine biblical wisdom for the issue of marketing in a world that has devalued truth and integrity. We talk about the biblical concept of stewardship and how a framework of stewardship informs our approach to marketing. Conversation notes: --Does marketing simply appeal to our vices? --Can your business be a success if it isn’t growing? --If you aim to be a faithful steward, could it be malpractice to not have a marketing strategy? --Good, true and beautiful as a framework for marketing. --Before you start marketing you need to know backwards and forwards what problem your business is solving and who you are solving it for. Part of good marketing is ensuring you have the right audience and that people who you don’t want to target can easily self-identify away from your products and services. --I Corinthians 15:58: always abound in the work of the Lord. --The redeeming purpose of your business: not simply profits. Your labor is not in vain. --Is the Great Commission a call to marketing? What’s your conversion rate? Do you have any brand evangelists? Learn more: Check out the Workwise podcast. Connect with Mike or Ken on LinkedIn.
74 minutes | 5 months ago
How Did Jesus View Business & Economics?
How Did Jesus View Business & Economics? Did you miss our September webinar with economist and author Jerry Bowyer? It’s now available for replay. In our conversation we dug into why we should pay attention to the time and place in which Jesus did some of his most well-known teaching on business and economics. We considered Jesus’s sophisticated business case studies (He called them parables), talked about how God thinks about entrepreneurs and much, much more. Listen in and you will be challenged to revisit and reflect on the teachings of Jesus about wealth, business and economics. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast to be automatically notified of future episodes like this. Do you have feedback on this episode, or ideas for future guests or topics? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Email Aaron to share your feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org. Conversation highlights: -Pay close attention to details in the gospel accounts of Jesus ministry. Who was he talking to? What town or region did the events take place? Who else was present? -Are you a business owner? Here’s Jerry’s encouragement to you from this webinar: “You are mimicking most of Jesus’s life by being an entrepreneur. Most of the time Jesus spent on earth, was in entrepreneurship.” -“The state grows in the gaps left behind by the church.” -Christian business owners and entrepreneurs are one of God’s the main solutions to many of the problems facing society. Not simply the church or the state. -Want to dig into Jerry’s reference to Issachar and Zebulun? Listen to the podcast we recorded on this topic earlier this year. Connect with Jerry Bowyer on LinkedIn.
16 minutes | 5 months ago
Mark Thayer on the business skill of disciple-making
Is your business positioned to make disciples? Mark Thayer, who is a Field Partner with CBMC and overseas CBMC trusted advisor forums in Maryland, says it is. Together we explore why business is a powerful platform for disciple-making and how Christian business owners are in a position to flourish in obeying the Great Commission commands of Christ. We also talk about what it looks like for those leading business to not just disciple others but also to ensure they are being discipled. Conversation Highlights: -One-on-one discipleship (Christ-centered relationship building) is where life change happens for most believers. As a result, business owners have tremendous opportunity to engage people throughout their business in meaningful discipleship relationships. -Matthew 28:18-20: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” -Who is your Timothy? Who is your Paul? -What are the new challenges and opportunities that business owners have in tumultuous business environments? -Business concerns naturally crowd out spiritual opportunities for business owners. How do we develop the habits to keep financial or business concerns from distracting us from the call to discipleship? -Are business owners often skilled at making disciples, but not so skilled at being discipled? Learn more about CMBC Maryland: https://md.cbmc.com/ Check out CBMC’s Operation Timothy: https://www.operationtimothy.com/ Want to learn more? Get in touch with Mark on LinkedIn. 10530356-06-20
26 minutes | 6 months ago
Neal Rice on Taking Risks & Fighting Worry
Risk-taking is inherent to business. But with risk often comes worry, or even paralysis. Our guest, Neal Rice, is a business attorney and entrepreneur who talks with us about how Christian business owners (and potential business owners) can draw on biblical truth to think clearly about risk-taking and the worry that often accompanies it. We talk about how fear and worry can keep even good business ideas from seeing the light of day, or worse, achieving their potential for Kingdom impact. Then we delve into how Christians can hold onto the truth about who God is and how He’s made us to prudently take risks. Conversation Highlights: --Are you passionate about starting a new business or taking some new risks in your current business but haven’t taken any steps to pursue this? Why not? Fear of failure keeps many from taking risks. This fear is often financial, but sometimes it’s simply fear of how we might be perceived by others if our idea doesn’t succeed. --Question: do you want your fears about real risks to snuff out your best ideas? --Prudence requires understanding risks and taking steps to improve them. It also means contextualizing risks within the scope of God’s Kingdom and sovereign rule. (Matthew 16:25) --How does risk-taking interact with the potential for God-honoring business impact? Do you believe that your business or business idea can have Kingdom impact/purpose? If not, you can expect that your risk analysis lacks perspective. --If you are uncertain whether or not your business idea is any good, start by asking the question, “what is the potential Kingdom impact or Kingdom purpose of this idea or this risk I want to take?” -- “Worry is a natural human condition.” The path to success is almost never a straight line. You will suffer setbacks and experience trials in business. It’s normal. --How can we have joy (and peace) when we experience business setbacks or simply when we are tempted to worry about the inherent risks of pursuing a business idea? (James 1) --Battlefield lessons for business owners: What’s the most dangerous course of action? Learn more about Neal Rice and Legacy Law: https://www.legacylawadvisors.com/neal-rice/ Learn about Profit & Honor: https://www.profitandhonor.com/ Connect with Neal on LinkedIn. The opinions expressed on the podcast are the views of the presenters and not necessarily the views of the presenters' employers or affiliates. The information and opinions provided are for informational purposes only and are intended to be educational in nature.
10 minutes | 7 months ago
Ken Kinard on the creativity you need to rebuild from a crisis
Ken Kinard, founder of Accent Interactive, reviews three ways that businesses and business owners are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Then we pivot to a discussion of the creative process and how to ensure you are creating the time and space to be creative. Are you embracing your God-given creativity and building habits that foster creativity? Conversation Highlights: -Are you collapsing, containing or creating? -Give yourself space to be creative. -Establish habits or patterns for creativity. Start with Input (fill the well). Proceed to Output (make drafts and create). Then move to Refinement (get feedback, make changes, iterate, revisit previous creative work). This can foster a good creative process for you. -Concerning the Input step, beware of “garbage in, garbage out.” (Although one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure!) -The posture of a creative is to be open to new things, but to also be discerning and wise about the sources of our input. -Harness and develop your inner voice. Carefully curate your sources of input—so that you can trust your output. -Stick with an idea or project long enough to test its effectiveness. At the same time, make sure you have an honest coach who can give you feedback that helps make sense of your creative output and nurture your good ideas to fruition. Connect with Ken on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenkinard/ Accent Interactive: https://accentinteractive.com/ This conversation was recorded in April 2020.
13 minutes | 7 months ago
Michael Crawford on Being Prepared
Michael Crawford returns to the podcast to reflect on the role of preparedness for Christian business owners, or really anyone who follows Christ. We discuss how the story of Joseph shows this, but even more importantly, how God’s plan of salvation is a grace-filled model for Christian preparedness. Whether your business was prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, or not, this conversation about a grace-based approach to preparing for the unknown is for you. Conversation Highlights: -Some people are predisposed to being prepared, others aren’t. But life doesn’t go well if you aren’t prepared. -Preparedness is a biblical theme. -What does it look like to have storehouses (like Joseph filled for Pharaoh) that are more than just financial? What is the state of your spiritual, emotional, physical storehouses? -In what areas of your life have you been redlining, that have been exposed by stress or crisis? -What should a Christian do if if she or he has prepared well, but others haven’t? Look at the example of Joseph and how he treated his brothers (who had betrayed him and sold him into slavery). -Reflect on the reason for abundance. Why has God entrusted some people with more than they need? -What is the role of preparedness in the Gospel message? -Every Christian is a beneficiary of God’s preparedness expressed in Christ. How can God’s people model this to the world? -Reflecting the outrageous generosity of the gospel, the abundant preparedness of Christ, motivates God’s children to open up the storehouse and share with others. -Reminder: There are enough resources in the world to do God’s will. Mike is the Founder of the Subversive Institute and State Director of Mission at the BCMD. The Subversive Institute: https://thesubversiveinstitute.org/ Follow Mike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/edward1758 10530356-06-20
9 minutes | 7 months ago
Jerry Bowyer on learning collaboration from Issachar and Zebulun
In this conversation Jerry Bowyer argues that Christian business owners are not second-class citizens in God's kingdom. Can Christian business owners learn anything from the ancient collaboration of the people of Issachar and Zebulun? We talked with Jerry, one of our keynote speakers at the next Business On Purpose conference, about how doers (entrepreneurs) and thinkers/theologians can work together to accomplish good during times of crisis. Conversation Highlights: -Business owners are world changers. -Balancing thinking vs. doing. -Issachar and Zebulun, shared the same tent (or cubicle!). -Zebulun could make things happen and make profits, but they needed Issachar to help them spot changes and opportunities. -The blessing of the relationship between these two types of people (business owners and Christian scholars/thinkers/clergy) should not be severed in the modern Church. -Don't disdain those who are skilled and called to business or view them as simply people who can write checks to support the church. This conversation was recorded in April 2020. Follow Jerry on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerry-bowyer-b5227a74/ Jerry’s new book is The Maker Versus the Takers, available in September: https://www.amazon.com/Maker-Versus-Takers-Justice-Economics/dp/1642933708
27 minutes | 8 months ago
Becca Spradlin on Navigating Change while staying true to your mission
Our guest in this episode is Becca Spradlin. Becca works with leaders to help them avoid mission drift and manage change. In our conversation we talk about the foundational importance of your spiritual health—your spiritual reserves—as you seek to lead your company through seasons of change without losing your sense of mission. Stay tuned to the end where we talk about this applies to your personal life and maybe even raising kids! Conversation Highlights: -Joshua’s exhortation to the people he led through change: “don’t depart from God’s word.” -Spiritual health is just as important to financial health if your business is going to survive and maintain its sense of mission during times of change or upheaval. -What are your sources of spiritual accountability? -Most people experience change as loss. Good change management is an opportunity to shepherd people and shore up our Christian testimony -What motivates you to love in the midst of difficult changes? Your expression of love is a doorway into sharing about the love of Christ. -If your focus is almost exclusively on profits, are you missing out on an opportunity to share how Christ changes all of our lives? -What are the business and spiritual risks of not doing change well? -Assume resistance to change and plan for it. -How do you help people cope with the process of change? How do you disciple people through change? What change have you been through that didn’t work? -One change management framework: Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability, Reinforcement - Clear communication about change can be the difference between success and failure. The #1 cause of employee (and manager!) resistance to change is simply lack of awareness. Learn more about Becca’s work with On Mission at www.onmissionadvisors.com The book Becca recommended during the podcast is Mission Drift by Peter Greer and Chris Horst of HOPE International. You can also visit HOPE International’s website for additional Mission Drift resources and videos. More information on Prosci and their ADKAR change management model can be found at www.prosci.com. 10530356-06-20
14 minutes | 8 months ago
Five brothers on business lessons from their dairy farmer dad
Five brothers (Cal, Del, Fenton, Keith & Warren), four of whom currently own and/or lead businesses, reflect on the biblical wisdom for business that they learned from their father, Klaas Groen, who was a small businessman dairy farmer. These men, all in their 60’s or 70’s look back on their lives and how their success in business was shaped by the biblical worldview of their father. Whether you learned wisdom for business from your parents or not, these lessons transcend time, place and apply to any business owner. Conversation Highlights: -Honesty & trust: if your business dealings are conducted with honesty you will gain the trust of your employees, customers and vendors. -Stewardship: sometimes this requires getting out of your personal comfort zone to make sure your business and your people are taken care of. Wise stewards make long-term investments that are good for the health of these businesses and their communities. -Release your people: “Go be creative.” Give your employees the space to act within their gifting: for instance, buying a welder for a 10-year-old to teach himself how to weld. It’s risky, but it encourages people to grow, which in turn creates value for the enterprise. -Faithfulness: Starting with your family, faithfulness means doing what is necessary to keep promises and set an example of the values you want to see emulated throughout your business and household. This also encompasses serving your neighbors, paying your taxes and simply meeting your obligations. Aside: your family and/or your business will be a legacy of your level of faithfulness in life. -Determination & hard-work: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your strength.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10) Are the things you are building, built to last? Are you working hard towards the things God has called you to do? Are you planning and building for the future? -These men are five of Klaas Groen’s children. Klaas Groen ran a successful dairy farm for decades in southwest MN in the mid-20th century. He was married to Alice Groen for 66 years, together they had 15 children and nearly than 60 grandchildren. Klaas passed away in 2005.
7 minutes | 8 months ago
Tim Samuel on accelerating innovation and listening with wisdom
Tim Samuel, CPA, the CFO at Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia, Maryland, explores how crisis pushes people and organizations towards innovation, accelerating the creative process. We also delve into communicating and listening to wise sources of counsel as you lead through especially uncertain times. Conversation Highlights: -Creativity doesn’t always have to mean making something completely new, but can simply involve adjust existing process or technology to solve a new problem. -Leading and ministering to your people in a crisis must include regular, clear communication. Things involves both mass communication to larger teams (congregations) and individual and targeted outreach. -Be wise in choosing which voices you are listening to in a crisis. Start by listening to the voice of God, and then be intentional about seeking out additional trusted sources of counsel to inform your decision-making. While there is wisdom in multiple counselors (Prov. 11:14; 15:22) not every voice deserves your attention. -Many business owners lead in isolation, which can make it difficult to maintain a grip on reality. This is an important time to not forsake your existing support network (whether formal or informal) to keep you from losing perspective and getting stuck. Bridgeway Church: https://www.bridgeway.cc/ This conversation was recorded in April 2020.
8 minutes | 8 months ago
Mike Boyes on The Purpose of Your Business
Mike Boyes, the founder and President of Credo Consulting, digs into the foundational question: “What is the purpose of your business?” Listen in as we discuss why it is vital to articulate and embrace the purpose of your business. If you haven’t already articulated your company’s mission or purpose, this discussion delves into why this is a problem you need to fix. Conversation Highlights: -“Your business is a delivery channel for doing something that God wants done on this earth.” -What is your unique role in fulfilling God’s mission? -If your main mission is to make money then your work and your business can quickly lose purpose, meaning and direction. This is especially true in times of crisis. -God tells Joshua to “Be strong and courageous.” Why? Because the work is going to be hard and filled with challenges and obstacles. Purpose fuels our progress through challenges and over obstacles. -If your business doesn’t have a clear and guiding mission statement, consider making the creation of one a top priority. -One definition of intelligence is the capacity to solve problems. But we first have to define the problem to solve (what’s the mission?) lest we end up with a rudderless organization. Connect with Mike on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelboyes/ Credo Consulting: http://www.credoconsulting.us/
6 minutes | 9 months ago
Peter Greer on Rooting for Rivals During a Crisis
Peter Greer Interview Peter Greer, President & CEO at HOPE International and a 2019 keynote speaker at the Business On Purpose conference, talks about what it looks like to root for rivals, even while our businesses might be fighting for survival. Does it even make sense to root for rivals during a time of uncertainly and widespread economic fallout from the pandemic? Peter shares some examples of businesses and organizations that are engaged in open-handed collaboration despite very difficult times. Conversation Highlights: -Is this crisis bringing out the best or the worst in you, your business or your team? -Partnership and collaboration are the tools we need to survive this crisis. -“There are no competitors in the Kingdom of God.” -Uncommon kindness means looking out for people and organizations other than ourselves. -“Chose the generous path, the path of open-handedness, the path of trust.” -If God owns it all, that frees us to open our hands to allow the resources God has entrusted to us to flow through them. (Ps 24:1) -The Rise of Christianity by Rodney Stark. We are writing our chapter of church history right now. How will God’s people be known as we emerge from this crisis? -What lessons can we learn from the generosity of the New Testament-era Macedonian church? Learn more about Peter and HOPE International at https://www.hopeinternational.org/ or https://www.peterkgreer.com/ Peter's book is Rooting for Rivals. https://www.amazon.com/Rooting-Rivals-Collaboration-Generosity-Charities/dp/0764231251
10 minutes | 9 months ago
Ken Kinard on how businesses responded to COVID-19
Ken Kinard, founder of Accent Interactive, reviews three ways that businesses and business owners responded to the COVID-19 crisis. Then we pivot to a discussion of the creative process and how to ensure you are creating the time and space to be creative. Are you embracing your God-given creativity and building habits that foster creativity? Conversation Highlights: -We’re in a crisis. Are you collapsing, containing or creating? -Give yourself space to be creative. -Establish habits or patterns for creativity. Start with Input (fill the well). Proceed to Output (make drafts and create). Then move to Refinement (get feedback, make changes, iterate, revisit previous creative work). This can foster a good creative process for you. -Concerning the Input step, beware of “garbage in, garbage out.” (Although one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure!) -The posture of a creative is to be open to new things, but to also be discerning and wise about the sources of our input. -Harness and develop your inner voice. Carefully curate your sources of input—so that you can trust your output. -Stick with an idea or project long enough to test its effectiveness. At the same time, make sure you have an honest coach who can give you feedback that helps make sense of your creative output and nurture your good ideas to fruition. Connect with Ken on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenkinard/ Accent Interactive: https://accentinteractive.com/
10 minutes | 10 months ago
Clint Park on applying biblical wisdom to business relief programs like The CARES Act
Clint Park digs into how Christian business owners can apply a biblical worldview to recently enacted legislation like The CARES Act. In this conversation we talk about shifting the discussion from how to apply to should a business apply for funds from this stimulus. Does/should your faith play a role in your business's capital structure? Clint shares some perspective on this legislation that is often missing from the conversation surrounding The CARES Act. Conversation Highlights: -Are you wrestling with how to move forward? That's a good sign of health. -If Psalm 24:1 is true regarding our companies, what are the implications? -Don't take on capital without first being prepared. -God often provides for current needs through past provision. -Weighing corporate savings, personal savings, community resources, government programs. -Risks & rewards of being a shareholder. -Is government aid a last resort or a first priority? -James 5:37: "Let your 'yes' be 'yes' and your 'no,' 'no.'" -This is an opportunity to live out your faith during a crisis. Clint is a Senior Business Consulting Advisor with Ronald Blue Trust. https://www.ronblue.com/Financial-Advisors/Clint-Park
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