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Jun 02
2006

Trustworthy Leadership

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Effective business leaders establish trust. We all like to see ourselves as honest, forthright and trustworthy. But King Solomon asked, “Who can find a trustworthy man? (Proverbs 20:6, NASB). Often, we believe that trustworthiness is defined only by telling the truth and not lying. However, genuinely trustworthy leaders embrace and demonstrate four basic behaviors: (1) follow-through, (2) readily admitting mistakes, (3) sharing decision making with others, and (4) accepting responsibility for one’s own actions and results.  

 

Mar 13
2006

Establishing Personal Conduct Standards for Employees on the Job?

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Many organizations establish on-the-job conduct guidelines for their employees, and some companies enforce these standards even when employees are off the job. The key is to determine which guidelines should apply, clearly communicate those guidelines to your staff, and make sure that enforcement is consistent.

Jan 20
2006

Establishing Decision Making Processes

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Every day, business leaders make hundreds of thousands of decisions. Some are minor, but others will affect the performance, and possibly even the very survival, of their businesses. Establishing an orderly process for making decisions, and ensuring that every employee understands and adheres to that process, will make a gigantic difference in your ability to beat your competitors in the marketplace. Just as the prophet Isaiah wrote, “Give us advice, make a decision” (Isaiah 16:3, NASB), effective decision making needs to be part of every business.

Jul 09
2005

Separating Strategic Planning from Operational Issues

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A key challenge for business leaders is avoiding the temptation to become mired in operational details at the expense of addressing key strategic or planning issues. The first step is to realize that strategy issues are inherently different from operational issues. We can derive an important principle from the apostle Paul, who wrote, "We are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by the waves, and carried about by every wind and doctrine" (Ephesians 4:14, nasb). In business, if we focus too much on day-to-day operations, in effect we become tossed about like a boat in a storm.

Mar 09
2005

Managing Through a Crisis

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The devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita demonstrates the need for businesses large and small to understand how to weather a crisis situation without being sunk. Whether we are hit by a hurricane, lose our best customer, or incur a huge, unexpected liability, the principles of survival are the same.