• Do you form partnerships with your best customers?

    21 Sep 2018 | 12:00 am

    Scripture states, "Do two men walk together unless they have agreed to do so?" (Amos 3:3 NIV). A key word is to agree. Too often we believe agreement means price only. A true customer partnership includes understanding the client's needs[…]

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Category >> Integrity and Ethics
Jun 30
2018

Bridges

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Frequently in today's business environment, people burn their bridges to other people or relationships.  Someone has a bad experience, becomes angry or frustrated and they terminate a business relationship. However scripture gives us a different model: “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14, NIV)

May 03
2018

Selling on the Sabbath

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Many years ago I made the decision not to conduct business on Sunday unless it was an emergency. I have always believed that in most instances Christians need to keep the Sabbath holy and avoid work. I personally avoid shopping on Sunday because I don't want to encourage shopkeepers to stay open. I would prefer that they close on Sunday as Chick-fil-A has done.  However, I understand that not everyone will agree with my perspective.

Aug 28
2017

On the Job Safety

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The Department of Labor reported in 2015 that 4,830 workers were killed in job related accidents. Behind each death is a tragedy for the individual and many family members. Some jobs carry more risk than others, like commercial fishing and the lumber industry, while other occupations are relatively safe. We have a responsibility to take all reasonable steps to ensure safety for our employees. The Lord instructed Moses, "When you build a new house, you must build a railing around the edge of its flat roof. That way you will not be considered guilty of murder if someone falls from the roof.” (Deuteronomy 22:8, NLT)

Jun 26
2017

Exercising Responsibility over Employees

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Recently I was talking with a contractor who said at times managing the behavior of subcontractors on the job was challenging.  For example some would toss cigarette butts on the ground and play loud music with vulgar lyrics. Many times customers complained. 

May 29
2017

Get the Agreement in Writing!

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I met with “Arthur” who wanted to start a business. During our conversation Arthur told me that the business owner, Dennis where he worked had promised to sell him the business in the future. However, later the owner’s son joined the company and Dennis began to transfer the business to his son.  Arthur understood that he had little choice but to accept the reality of the circumstance.

In another instance, “William” was promised the opportunity to become a partner in a business within two years. However the promise was not kept. When the business was sold several years later, William was out of a job.