CBMC Downtown Baltimore Luncheon Invitation

February 13, 2017

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CBMC Downtown Baltimore Luncheon Invitation, Friday March 17, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Keynote is Sam Erdman of Ronald Blue&Co.

Link to online reservations will go live this week.

Biblical Business Brief – Planning

February 1, 2017

Biblical Business Brief, a weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.

Last time we focused on Human Resources: Paying Employees.  Are your employees’ wages meeting their true needs?

This week we will continue to review Business By The Book Workshop principles focusing on Planning.

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. Proverbs 21:5 NLT

The Bible encourages us to plan AND work hard leading us to prosperity.  Do you plan in proportion to your hard work?

We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9 NLT 

We are to plan WITH the recognition that God is sovereign and has our best interest at heart.  Have you come to grips with the sovereignty of God and the free will of man in your business life?  How do you resolve the tension between planning and remaining open to God’s direction and control?

Business By The Book gives 6 Steps for business planning.

  1. Identify your core values.
  2. Create clear mission and vision statements.
  3. Establish measurable objectives.
  4. Formulate a plan for achieving your objectives.
  5. Develop a process to measure progress.
  6. Provide for accountability.

We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives. Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:1-3 NLT

Plans + Motives + Committed Actions = Success  Is this formula working in your business?

You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail. Proverbs 19:21 NLT 

Do you assure your plans align with the Lord’s purposes?

Bit of Wisdom

But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Luke 14:28 NLT 

Forums Focus: Biblical Business Brief – Change

February 1, 2017

Biblical Business Brief, a weekly email to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles

Note: CBMC has changed Forums to Leadership Institute (http://cbmcleadershipinstitute.com/).  This has led me to change Forums Focus to Biblical Business Brief (BBB).  The focus remains to EEE (enlighten, encourage, equip) readers to do BBB (Business By the Book) by presenting a Biblical Business Principle in each edition.

Forums Focus – Human Resources: Paying Employees

February 1, 2017

Forums Focus, a weekly email to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles

Biblical Business Principle

Last time we focused on Human Resources: Evaluations.  Is your employee evaluation process effective?

This week we will continue to review Business By The Book Workshop principles focusing on Human Resources: Paying Employees?  Are you paying fair wages?  Do your employees think so?

“At that time I will put you on trial. I am eager to witness against all sorcerers and adulterers and liars. I will speak against those who cheat employees of their wages, who oppress widows and orphans, or who deprive the foreigners living among you of justice, for these people do not fear me,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. Malachi 3:5 NLT

Paying what has been agreed upon is critical.  How else might employees be cheated?

For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. James 5:4-5 NLT

James echoes Malachi, apparently cheating workers has existed for a long time.

Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master—in heaven. Colossians 4:1 NLT

While this passage refers to masters / slaves, is it applicable to employer / employee?  How does keeping in mind you too have a Master affect paying decisions?

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Proverbs 3:3-4 NLT

How does this passage apply to pay decisions?

Larry Burkett taught it is the responsibility of Christian employers to pay enough to meet an employee’s needs.  If the job the employee is currently doing is not able to pay to the level of the needs, help the employee find a job that will meet their needs.  The issue is needs, not wants.  One employer even arranged for an independent person to discuss the situation with the employee.  Are your employees’ wages meeting their needs?

Bit of Wisdom

 No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24 NLT 

Forums Focus – Human Resources: Evaluations

February 1, 2017

Forums Focus, a weekly email to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.

Biblical Business Principle

Last time we focused on Human Resources: Promotion.  Are your promotion policies effective?

This week we will continue to review Business By The Book Workshop principles focusing on Human Resources: Evaluations.  Do you have an evaluation process to assess who should be promoted and who should be fired?

Dishonesty – Is the person stealing from, deceiving or cheating customers or the company?

Do not steal. Do not deceive or cheat one another. Leviticus 19:11 NLT

For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Romans 13:9 NLT

As Christians we should lean more toward forgiveness than seeking retribution.  But, if dishonesty is permitted, what is being communicated?  Big question: Is the person repentant?

Disobedience – Is the person willfully disobeying clear, direct orders?

Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. James 1:14-15 NLT

As Christians we realize willful disobedience is an act of the will and comes from our sin nature.  Big question: Does the person want to change?  Ask our Lord for insight.

Laziness – How do you discern laziness versus lack of knowledge or ability?

A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things. Proverbs 18:9 NLT

How do you measure laziness?  Depending on the position, one way to discern laziness is eliminating more difficult tasks until it is clear it is laziness.

Incompetence –  How do you measure incompetence? Incompetence can be lack of knowledge or lack of experience for a particular job.

Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people. Proverbs 22:29 NLT 

People grow getting into jobs they haven’t done before.  How do you help a person become competent?  Is the incompetence an attitude problem, a lack of skill, or a lack of experience?

Do you have an employee evaluation process that measures attitudes as well as actions?

Note: If not, search the internet, there are many good evaluations available.  (We practiced having the same form filled out by the employee and the supervisor at the same moment in time.  Then they discussed it.  This provided good feedback for both the employee and the supervisor.  We also kept wage increases separate from the evaluation.)

Bit of Wisdom

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 NLT 

Forums Focus – Human Resources: Promotion

February 1, 2017

Forums Focus, a weekly email to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.

Biblical Business Principle

Last time we focused on Human Resources: Hiring Decisions.  Are your hiring procedures resulting in God being honored, the company getting the right person for the job, and the hired person getting the right job for him or her?

This week we will continue to review Business By The Book principles focusing on Human Resources: Promotion.  How do you decide who to promote, when to promote, how to promote, why to promote?

Promotion rarely changes performance.  Do you believe this statement is true or false?

Begin with prayer.  One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. 

At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Luke 6:12-13a NLT

If Jesus needed to pray all night before promoting 12, how much more do we need to pray?

Look for faithfulness.  “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’” Matthew 25:21 NLT 

How do you measure faithfulness?  Do you “celebrate together” when promoting? 

 Especially, look for faithfulness in little things. “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. Luke 16:10 NLT 

Do you have objective checks and balances to eliminate your subjective personal biases?

Look for people upon whom the blessing of God rests.  From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the LORD began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished. Genesis 39:5 NLT

Have you experienced a Joseph in the workplace?  Are you a Joseph?     

Have you read The Peter Principle?  While not in Business By The Book, it is worthy of consideration.  What is the Peter Principle?  Simply stated organizations continue to promote people until they reach a level where they are incompetent.  The theory is that the selection of a candidate for promotion to a position is based on the person’s performance in their current role, rather than on their abilities to perform in the new role.  How do you avoid the Peter Principle?  Does this sound counter to promoting faithful employees?  Will this cause you to pray more before promoting?

Do you have an employee evaluation process that measures attitudes as well as actions?

Bit of Wisdom

Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people. Proverbs 22:29 NLT 

2016 End of Year Response Form

December 8, 2016

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This form has been uploaded as a link to the 2016 Year End Newsletter which will be sent out through Constant Contact on December 8/9

2016 CBMC Maryland Year End Newsletter

December 2, 2016

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Forums Focus – Human Resources: Hiring Decisions

December 2, 2016

Forums Focus: A weekly email to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.

Last time we focused on Financial Review: Collection.  Do your collection procedures help or hinder people seeing God?

This week we will continue to review Business By The Book principles focusing on Human Resources: Hiring Decisions.  Good employees make good companies, bad employees…  Are your hiring procedures working?

A good hiring process results in God being honored, the company getting the right person for the job, and the hired person getting the right job for him or her.

The Business By The Book Workshop lists 8 Steps for hiring as follows:

Step 1 – Pray.  Ask God, “Is this the right person for us, and the right job for them?”  You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy. John 16:24 NLT

Step 2 – Define the job clearly.  A written Job Description helps you think through the position, and helps the prospect understand what you’re looking for.

Step 3 – Hire the best person for the job.  Invest time to check references and evaluate past performance and experiences.  Does the person who says they have 15 years experience really have 15 years, or do they have 5 years then kept repeating the 5th year over and over for 10 years?  Will this person be an addition to the team adding both skills and attitude?

Step 4 – Match the person to the job.  Consider what assessment tools such as personality tests and career assessment tools might be used.  Discuss your core values with the prospect.  Do your core values align?

Step 5 – Think through crucial issues ahead of time such as government regulations.

Step 6 – Establish a trial period.  Business By The Book suggests a 90 day trial period for both parties to move from I think so to I know so.

Step 7 – Examine the character of the prospect.  Reputation is what people say, character is what people are.  Go back to Step 1.  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NLT  Do you have God’s peace about this hire?  God can see what we can’t see.

Step 8 – Consider meeting the spouse.  When I was hiring electrical mechanical service technicians we made it a policy to stop by the home, meet the spouse, and observe the home.  Extra effort on the front end can save expenses on the back end!

Do you read the Proverb chapter for the day?  Proverbs is divided into 31 chapters.  On the 2nd of the month read Proverbs chapter 2.  This simple 5 minute investment of your time will provide Godly wisdom for every area of business, including hiring decisions.

Bit of Wisdom: Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people. Proverbs 22:29 NLT 

Forums Ministry
Business By the Book Workshops
are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles.  Have you hosted a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?

BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles.

Forums Groups help one-another resolve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential closed group environment.

Business Leadership Forums are periodic events where business leaders share how applying Biblical Business Principles has impacted their business.

For additional information go to http://forums.cbmc.com or emailplantz@cbmc.com.

 

CBMC Metro South Luncheon with Jeff Jones on November 15

October 25, 2016

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