• Do you see honor in your job?

    14 Aug 2020 | 12:00 am

    King Solomon wrote, "Every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor--it is the gift of God" (Ecclesiastes 3:13 NASB). We may easily become discouraged about our jobs, especially if we don't see the results of our[…]

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Jul 29
2020

Is This Meeting Necessary?

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Many of us are bombarded with requests for meetings, many from people we don’t know very well. The meetings probably won’t be productive, at least from our viewpoint. 

Nehemiah encountered this circumstance and he responded with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” (Nehemiah 6:3, NIV) Four times messengers brought the same mess and four times Nehemiah gave the same answer, he couldn’t come. (Nehemiah 6:4 NIV)

Apr 13
2020

Are You a Dreamer or a Doer?

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Many times we encounter individuals who talk big and brag about everything they are going to accomplish.  A scripture I reflect on in these situations is: “The king of Israel answered, ‘Tell him: One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.'" (1 Kings 20:11 NIV)

There is a tremendous difference between people who act and accomplish and those merely talk about it. An effective doer asks key questions: What is the objective I want to achieve? How long will it take me to achieve this goal? What is the price in time, money and effort?

Mar 25
2020

Should You Become a Mentor?

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I try to coach or mentor 1-5 businesspeople at a time.  I believe this is part of my calling. I want to strengthen others in business and use biblical principles in my mentoring. My perspective is that most business owners and leaders don’t see themselves as mentors. Some large corporations may have structured programs for mentoring, but most do not.

For example, you can read a sales book, attend seminars and even engage in expensive training as a part of a mentoring program. These may provide an excellent return on your investment. However, there are many aspects of sales that you cannot learn from a book or training session. Selling involves reading the prospect’s body language, discerning what the customer wants and reacting to questions that are not predictable or can be scripted.  I read that no battle plan survives the initial contact with the enemy.  Similarly, most sales plans don’t survive much past 60 seconds into a customer contact.

Jan 06
2020

Why I Don’t Join Committees

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Committees and local boards are always looking for new members who will go to their meetings and share the workload. Most of the time, I decline to join committees. However, I may offer to assist or cooperate with a committee in a specific way.  I just don’t have to go to endless meetings.
 
When someone does ask me to be on a committee, I ask several questions.  What do you want me to contribute to the group? How are the meetings conducted? Do you follow an agenda?  Is there a time budget for the meeting? Are there clear objectives for the gathering?

Aug 15
2019

Repurpose Business Assets

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During World War II, many items were in short supply and even rationed. A slogan widely used was “use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” The point was that everything needed to be utilized and nothing should be wasted. 

In business there are times when we can repurpose business assets. We see an example in Scripture, “For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says about the houses in this city and the royal palaces of Judah that have been torn down to be used against the siege ramps and the sword.” (Jeremiah 33:4, NIV) Hopefully we won’t need to tear down our house and  repurpose the materials to defend our lives.