• Do you charge directly into every business battle?

    22 Sep 2017 | 12:00 am

    God told Moses to lead the people away from the Philistines, "Lest the people change their minds when they see war, and they return to Egypt" (Exodus 13:17 NASB). Effective leaders learn to pick the right battles. When faced with[…]

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Category >> Integrity and Ethics
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.

Mar 30
2017

Should You Share Price Quotes?

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From time to time the question comes up whether you should share price quotations you receive with other vendors.  My perspective is no.

When I have negotiated price with vendors, I’ve asked them to give their best price first as well as a comprehensive explanation of the services and product they’re offering.  I took this position based on three reasons.

Feb 27
2017

Keeping Appointments

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I have written a number of times about the importance of keeping promises and commitments to customers and others.  Scripture gives a very pointed perspective on keeping your word when it says “They make many promises, take false oaths and make agreements; therefore lawsuits spring up like poisonous weeds in a plowed field.” (Hosea 10:4, NIV)