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Business His Way

Biblical Business Principles – Last week we looked at mission statements. Do you have a written purpose / mission statement in your company? Do you have a personal mission statement?

This week we will examine Leadership from the Business By the Book Workshop. Christian business leaders create a business culture in which values and purposes are not just writings and words, but are also modeled.

The following are practical principles for business leaders from the Workshop:

Principle 1 – Maintain a clear vision for your business and communicate it. Does everyone in your company, including the newest employee, have a clear picture of what the company stands for and what it wants to accomplish? How do you verify your conclusion?

Principle 2 – Communicate, communicate, communicate. Communication has three parts: talking, listening, and getting feedback to assure the person heard and understood what you said. Note: CBMC Coach Training is excellent training on a better way to communicate. How are you doing at communicating? How do you know?

Principle 3 – Know your personality. While we are all made in the image of God, He makes people different. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses, and building a team of complementing members is critical for success. Do you know your spiritual gifts, talents, traits, tendencies? How do you help your people know theirs?

Principle 4 – Develop and encourage your people. As you develop people through investing in formal and informal training, they will appreciate your interest in their growth; and productivity will improve. What do you have in place to develop the people you oversee?

Principle 5 – Protect your staff. Jesus taught that the good shepherd cares for and protects his sheep. People care when we care. Do you see yourself as one of God’s shepherds caring for the people you oversee?

Principle 6 – Be a steward of profits and people. Do you put profits over people? Do you put people over profits? In the long run, workers never benefit from decisions that significantly damage the company’s profitability. Profits and people go hand in hand. Do you see people and profits as an integrated amalgamation?

Principle 6 – Seek counsel. The Bible teaches there is safety in many counselors. Proverbs 12:15 teaches the way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel. Counsel helps leaders move from good decisions to best decisions. From whom do you seek business counsel on a regular basis?

Decision Making The Business By the Book Workshop teaches we need to go to 3 sources of input when making decisions to assure the best decision.

Source 1 – Scripture. What are the Biblical principles that are applicable to this decision? Do you seek God’s wisdom from the Bible when making decisions?

Source 2 – Counsel of the Lord. PBA (Pray Before All). Do you have a habit of seeking the Lord’s direction in prayer before acting?

Source 3 – Counsel of Godly people. The Bible stresses getting Godly counsel even though we have the Word of God and can talk directly to God in prayer. Don’t forget your God given helpmate is one of your counselors. Who are your Godly counselors for business issues?

In Lead Like Jesus, Ken Blanchard of One Minute Manager fame states that leadership is an influence process – anytime you influence the thinking and/or behavior of another person, you are leading. Ken says he has studied leadership all his life, but if you really want to be an effective leader, study and apply what Jesus taught and modeled.

How are you doing as a business leader? When was the last time you invested some time alone with God talking with Him about how you’re doing as a business leader?

Bit of Wisdom

Note: This passage from 1 Peter has been modified to apply to business leaders. While the passage context is church elders, it is applicable to business leaders.

So I exhort the leaders among you, as a fellow leader and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To Him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.1 Peter 5:1-11 ESV Modified

Forums Ministry News

Bob Lawless, former Chairman, President and CEO of McCormick & Company will share his experiences in applying Biblical principles of business at a Brown Bag Business Leadership Forum on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the Community Christian Church, 8094 Sandpiper Ct, Suite G, in the White Marsh business community. Networking 11:30, Program Noon – 1:00 PM, Q&A 1:00 – 1:30 PM. Sponsors are CBMC Forums, Maryland Bible Society, and the Christian Professional Network. For more information contact Paul Lantz, plantz@cbmc.com, 443/248-0377. Plan to attend and invite fellow Christian business leaders to join you.

Is your knowledge of God’s business principles increasing and are you applying these principles in your business? The Business by the Book Workshop is an excellent way to learn and review these principles. To view the promotional video go to http://www.crown.org/cart/videos/BI277/BBTBMed.asp. The Hunt Valley Business by the Book Workshop has completed all 6 sessions, and will begin meeting monthly as a BBB Group to apply the principles. A Downtown Baltimore Workshop is scheduled to begin May 17th from Noon – 1:00 PM at World Relief. For more details email plantz@cbmc.com.

Consider hosting a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church? For more information email plantz@cbmc.com.

For more information on Forums Groups go to http://forums.cbmc.com. If you’re interested in exploring joining a Forum Group, or know someone who might be interested email plantz@cbmc.com, or dmoyer@cbmc.com.

The Bel Air Forum Group is forming. If you have interest in this Forum Group, email dmoyer@cbmc.com. The Metro North Forum Group is ongoing.

The Forums Ministry journey includes Business by The Book Workshops, BBB Groups, and Forum Groups. For more information email plantz@cbmc.com or dmoyer@cbmc.com.
Paul Lantz
CBMC Forums
plantz@cbmc.com
443-248-0377