• Is your desk well organized?

    27 May 2016 | 12:00 am

    The Apostle Paul wrote, "For God is not a God of confusion" (1 Corinthians 14:33 NASB). We will never match the incredible order God has created in the universe, but we need to endeavor to organize our desk well. If[…]

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May 26
2016

How to Grow

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“Martha” and “Bill” owned a bakery that was marginally profitable. The question they had for me was how to open a second location that would grow their business and provide additional cash-flow and profitability. They struggled with two issues. First, Martha and Bill felt that they needed to be in the bakery most of the time when it was open. They were concerned that if they opened a new location, they would not find the right manager to protect their baking and customer service standards. The second issue was that they were not certain what location would work well.

May 23
2016

Praying for Your Employer

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One aspect of our work that we often overlook is praying for our employer. We review the example from scripture where the prophet Jeremiah wrote to the Jewish people in exile to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." (Jeremiah 29:7, NIV)
 
This is a reality easily overlooked. If your company or business does not prosper, you do not prosper. For example, if the company has a cash-flow problem and is losing money, they will not be in a position to give raises.  
That’s why it is important that you pray for the business you work for and its leaders.  Consider the following ways you could pray:

·      Ask the Lord to help the business provide quality service so customers will come back and tell others about your company.

·      Pray that your employer would be ethical and honest in all business transactions.



May 20
2016

How to Communicate a Sense of Urgency

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Frequently, businesses must execute with normal urgency while other times immediate attention is needed. I’ve learned through my experience that what I feel is an urgent matter may not be treated that way by somebody else.

May 18
2016

Entering Shady Territory

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From time to time a situation that could compromise a business owner or leader’s moral or ethical compass may become a temptation. These challenges come to all of us. The question is how do we deal with it?

We see an example from scripture when the Pharisees “plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth and kill Him. But they were saying, ‘Not during the festival, otherwise a riot might occur among the people.’” (Matthew 26:”4-5, NIV) If the Pharisees had wanted to be honest and straightforward, they could have taken the Lord into custody any time He was in the temple. After all, the temple guards enforced the priests’ will.  But the scripture tells us they wanted to do this in secret.

May 16
2016

Changing Directions

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You may believe you have a clear direction you should take in your business. However, sometimes your best ideas may not be the path God directs.
“Norman” owned a dry cleaning business that was doing very well in most of the six locations he managed. One challenge Norman faced was that one location had lost 50% in business over the last five years. The key issue was that the neighborhood had changed rapidly and most of his customers were moving out without new customers moving in.