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Aug 19
2016

Every Staff Role Matters

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I have spent considerable time over the years investing in the staff I have managed.  My goal was always to help them become more productive.  Jesus said, "All this I have told you so that you will not fall away.” (John 16:1, NIV) Our Lord invested time in the disciples so they would not fall away for the mission of growing the church.  In business our goal is to ensure that our staff does not fall away from executing the mission and vision of our business.

Jul 04
2016

When Someone Ignores You

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When I supervise people, I don’t like to be ignored.  I don’t like being ignored as a customer, either.  If I have made a reasonable request, I expect someone to respond to it.

God talks about how his people ignored him. “They turned their backs to me and not their faces; though I taught them again and again, they would not listen or respond to discipline. (Jeremiah 32:33, NIV) When we study the book of Jeremiah we see repeatedly that the people failed to respond to God’s commands with disastrous results for the people of Jerusalem.

May 11
2016

Use Ability to Assign Responsibility

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Many readers are familiar with the Lord’s parable about servants who received different amounts of talents to invest. (See Matthew 25:14-30 for the full account.) The Lord said, “To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.” (Matthew 25:15, ESV) I realize that many use this passage for teaching different areas of stewardship. I also understand that though all scripture is God-breathed, frequently a passage will have multiple lessons. As we dig deeper, it provides us with good insight.

Apr 25
2016

A Slow Day In Sales

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“Jim” owned a sales business that relied on Internet leads  to follow-up throughout the day. Some days the leads came in fast and furious and the sales team had little time to breathe or take a break. Other days the leads were scarce and they found themselves with time to sit around and visit.

Mar 28
2016

Building Staff Unity

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One important element for any business leader is to build a staff that will work together in unity. We like to think that all staff people want to follow our lead to be solid members of our team. However, the reality is that some people simply never fit in.