• 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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Mar 15

Get the Job Done

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In business we sometimes encounter people who seem to have a perspective summarized by the words, “It’s not my fault.  It’s out of my control. There is nothing I can do.”  If we are not careful, we will embrace the same attitude. There are times when it is hard to deliver and get the job done.  A key is to understand that in most instances, we can find a way to get the job done rather than give up.

Mar 13

Hire Specialists

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In business it is easy to think you need to do things by yourself instead of delegating them to a specialist, especially if you have to pay for their services. I recently dealt with a legal question and was starting to do my own research instead of sending an email to my attorney who could respond with a short answer requiring five or six minutes of their time.  Even though he could bill me for this service, it was a small price to pay for getting an accurate answer. Besides, it saved me one or two hours’ research.  Also, I don’t proofread my writing particularly well; so I hire an editor who keeps me from embarrassing myself with grammatical errors. While I could read through an article five times carefully and catch most of the typos, is this the best use of my time and skill?

Mar 10

A Hotel Built In Six Days

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Throughout history technological changes have altered our society and influenced how businesses are conducted. The Industrial Revolution of 1760-1840, despite some challenges, helped many families move away from very small farms where life was a daily struggle to earn a regular wage. While historical accounts remind us that life was still difficult, over all it improved life substantially for millions.

The mass production revolution of 1900 altered our manufacturing process. Automobile factories could manufacture a car in about one and a half hours from component parts.  Frigidaire made refrigerators while many other manufacturers adapted the assembly line method of production. The result was the ability to deliver more goods to consumers at lower cost.  Additionally, workers earned a consistently higher wage working in factories.

Mar 07

PR- It’s not About You

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Over the last few years I’ve done several hundred radio and television interviews with the goal to promote books I have written.  As I tried to schedule these interview opportunities, I embraced the concept that the opportunity was not about me. I turned my focus toward a topic the host and listeners were interested in.  If I had been an international celebrity, the interview might have been about me; but of course it was not.

Mar 06

Understand Authority

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Most of us work for an organization we do not own. It is important to understand and embrace the authority structure under which we find employment. Scripture shares an example of a person who clearly understood the concept of authority:

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” (Matthew 8:8-9 NIV)