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Our Team: Business as Mission game changers and life changers

Sunday, March 12, 2017


For a consulting/coaching group like IBEC, the team of consultants and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) is at the heart of what we do. These quality men and women with life experience in industry, culture, and life, with a wide range of business focus in the USA and abroad provide an asset to the Kingdom of God and to start-ups around the world.

Many IBEC consultants bring small business experience, while others have grown start-ups into multi-million dollar corporations and others bring leadership experience from Fortune 500 companies. IBEC is blessed. The expertise is simply too varied to imagine and too exhaustive to mention, but give it a try on the new website by following the Team links on the home page and navigation menu. You can also check out the individual resumes of some of our folks.

IBEC Consultants Training and Resource Library

The introduction of our new website is also our opportunity to introduce the new IBEC Consultants Training Program and Resource Library. Generous grants from the VEIT Foundation and the Cornerstone Foundation have helped us greatly expand our training for consulting team. We now provide all IBEC consultants and SMEs with a formal self-paced training curriculum covering basic and advanced BAM consulting topics. Each topic includes videos featuring BAM movement leaders and veteran BAM business owners as well as tools like sample business plans and resource guides. We also include 1:1 coaching and discussion with members of our leadership team to ensure that each consultant gets maximum value from their training time investment.

The IBEC Consultants Resource Library is available to IBEC consultants and SMEs, providing access to tools and resources for addressing IBEC BAM client needs. This is also where our team accesses the IBEC Consultants Training Program. These “second to none” training and materials benefit not only the consultant and coach but ultimately the clients.

Seasoned IBEC Consulting Services leadership

Our clients can count on the best possible guidance, coaching and consulting expertise from this team coordinated by Gary Willett, Director of Consulting Services. Gary himself has top level executive experience and work with small Not-For-Profits and churches as well as service overseas with international mission organizations. IBEC consultants also have access to the entire IBEC Leadership Team to guide and assist in meeting client needs.

Do you or someone you know have the makings of an IBEC consultant or SME?

Do you have spare cycles and a desire to put your gifts and business experience to work for the Kingdom? If you love God, have business skills and some margin with your time, we would like to help you leverage what God has given you in order to transform lives.

Check out the summary on our on-line brochure, Get in the Game, and contact IBEC’s Director of Recruiting, Jim Mayer, at jim.mayer@ibecventures.com.

In summary, as we step into IBEC’s 2nd decade of operations, we’re honored and excited to see how God has assembled an amazing team of BAM game changers and life changers!


New doors for prospective IBEC clients

Sunday, March 05, 2017


Last week we introduced you to our “new baby” – the new IBEC Ventures website. This week I have the pleasure of showing off one of my favorite parts of the website: the Clients area!

Clients are the reason that IBEC exists. Helping prospective IBEC clients find us and quickly connect with us is the top goal of our new website. We’re addressing that with our new website in two ways: visibility on the internet and providing a great experience for prospective clients when they visit our website.

Visibility on the internet: We’re beefing up our Search Engine Optimization and visibility on key partner websites - so people searching the internet for things related to Business As Mission can easily find us. As anyone working in this area of website development knows, this is no small challenge and is a work in progress!

Client-focused website: IBEC serves six general categories of clients and a single click from any page on the website takes visitors to information specific to each of them:

  1. Overseas Startups and Established Businesses - expatriates and nationals building community-impacting Business as a Mission (BAM) businesses
  2. North American Businesses Expanding Overseas - seeking to grow their business and the Kingdom
  3. Expatriate Employees - seeking to impact their communities while working overseas
  4. Faith-based NGOs and Agencies - seeking to equip workers to build Business As Mission (BAM) businesses
  5. Churches - activating business people to use their gifts for Kingdom building
  6. Colleges and Universities - equipping students to pursue Business As Mission

Seeing themselves, IBEC and their next steps

For each of these types of clients, we provide a series of profiling questions to help prospective clients recognize themselves as a good fit for IBEC services based on their objectives and issues. For example, some of the questions in the Overseas Startups and Established Businesses section include:
  • Do you live in a country and a community that needs quality jobs, sustainable economic opportunities, and spiritual transformation?
  • Are you considering starting a new business using a BAM model focused on the triple or quadruple bottom line? 1) Sustainable profit and wealth creation in the communities where they operate; 2) Jobs that provide income and dignity for employees; 3) Spiritual capital – followers of Christ; 4) Stewardship of God’s creation.
  • Do you need help developing a Strategic Business Plan that integrates your vision to build the Kingdom while building a sustainable business?
To help prospective clients see how IBEC works with clients like them, we highlight our services and ways that IBEC engages with similar organizations and share examples of clients we’ve served. Since our goal is to make it easy to engage with us, we provide contact information for the person at IBEC they can contact to discuss their specific needs – me included!

For the past 10 years, IBEC has been serving businesses, organizations, and individuals seeking to make Business As Mission (BAM) and the quadruple bottom line a central part of their personal and organizational strategy for impacting the Kingdom of God. We are currently working on over 20 projects in areas like China, Africa, India, Thailand, and Nepal...and we would love to work with you as well. God is doing amazing things in some of the darkest places of the world through the creation of jobs. What a privilege and honor it is for us at IBEC to be a part of His team and we’d love to help you join us in this Kingdom adventure.

Take a look around the Clients area on our website. Find your door, open it, and call us if you’d like to connect!

Proud parents: introducing IBEC’s new website

Saturday, February 25, 2017


Beaming with pride and joy! That’s how we feel about introducing you to the new IBEC Ventures website.

These proud parent feelings surprised me recently when I visited the new IBEC home page and paused to reflect on what I was seeing. There, before me, was a beautiful new creation, “fearfully and wonderfully made”, albeit a website, not a divinely designed baby. Nonetheless, in it, I could see the prayerful preparation and months of hard work by the IBEC Leadership Team and our excellent graphics and website development team1. Being intimately familiar with the tremendous quality of information it provides, I could envision the lives it will impact. And this brought a smile to my face!

The new home page is centered around five key IBEC connection points:

  • Our Clients: giving prospective clients a clear window into the types of organizations IBEC serves and the specific ways that we can address their individual needs
  • Our Team: showcasing our amazing team of consultants and subject matter experts and the exceptional training and resources we equip them with through the brand new IBEC Consultants Training Program and Resource Library.
  • Our Approach: sharing who we are as an organization – our services, our processes, our vision and values, our history, the countries where we serve, and our reputation in the BAM community.
  • Our Blog: featuring this week’s latest blog and the wealth of Kingdom business expertise, ideas, and best practice sharing in our archive of over 130 IBEC blogs.
  • Our BAM Video Library: highlighting Business As Mission and Kingdom Business practitioners in 26 videos designed to inform, inspire and help you see how you can be part of the global BAM movement. 

In the weeks ahead we’ll be peeking under the blanket to show you more about each of these key areas. For now, we invite you to look for yourself and see if you don’t agree: our new baby is pretty darn cute! Click here to see what we mean: IBEC Ventures Home Page.

1 Our website design and development team - thank you!

Carolyne Hart, e-Marketing and Social Media Director, IBEC Ventures

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Focus on Nepal

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Many times we are asked questions about where we work. Sometimes we cannot be specific due to client confidentiality, but basically the countries are in the northern half of Africa, and in South and East Asia. Nepal is one of those countries. It is a unique country but in many ways it is typical of the kinds of places where IBEC consultants work.

Demographics: The population of Nepal is about 30 million with the median age 23.6. The geographic area is about the size of the state of Arkansas. It is a beautiful place with about three-fourths of its terrain as mountainous with eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains along Nepal’s border.

Politics and Economics: While Nepal is a Federal Parliamentary Republic, it has struggled to move on from a Monarchy as recently as ten years ago and strong opposition from the Maoist party. The current constitution was adopted in November 2015. There are 122 political parties. The capital is Kathmandu.

The GDP per capita is $2500 (2016 est.) making it one of the least-developed and poorest nations. About one-fourth of the country’s population lives below the poverty line. Agriculture provides a livelihood for about 70% of the population. Unemployment is estimated to be 46%. The country is landlocked and has periodic tensions with its southern neighbor, India.

Ethnicity and Religion:There are many ethnic groups with the largest having about 17% of the population, the Chhettri. 81.3% consider themselves to be Hindu, and 9% Buddhist. Guatama Buddha is thought to have been born in Lumbini, Nepal.

Considering the unemployment, poverty and uncertainties described above,1 it is not hard to understand why IBEC sees this as an important place to:
  1. Develop profitable and sustainable business.
  2. Create jobs.
  3. Bring the love of Jesus.
IBEC’s first consultant, Ken Leahy has devoted much time to Top of the World Coffee and this company is now quite profitable and sustainable, creating jobs and sharing the Good News. IBEC has coached companies in the tourism sector and an IT company; and currently is involved with a trekking company, guest house, and an entertainment business, with IBEC’s Director Bob Bush coaching these. All of these focus on the Quadruple bottom lines of profit/sustainability, job creation, making followers of Jesus and using resources wisely.2

Nepal is both unique and typical of the kinds of places served by IBEC Ventures. We count it a privilege to provide services to companies in this country.

1 Statistics from the CIA World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/np.html.
2 Check out IBEC’s purpose, vision, values and story at http://ibecventures.com/about.html


Larry Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures

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Kingdom entrepreneurial business - the best answer!

Saturday, February 11, 2017


The following is an extract from an article citing recent comments from Nobel Peace prize winner, Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank. Certainly job creation, poverty reduction and social enterprises which focus on the Quadruple Bottom Line (which includes making followers of Jesus) are foundational to Kingdom thinking and missional businesses.

World's growing inequality is 'ticking time bomb': Nobel laureate Yunus - November 30, 2016 - Reuters.com

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The widening gap between rich and poor around the world is a "ticking time bomb" threatening to explode into social and economic unrest if left unchecked, Nobel Peace laureate Muhammad Yunus said on Thursday.

The banking and financial system has created a world of "the more money you have, the more I give you" while depriving the majority of the world's population of wealth and an adequate standard of living, Yunus told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

"Wealth has become concentrated in just a few places in the world ... It's a ticking time bomb and a great danger to the world," said the founder of the microfinance movement that provides small loans to people unable to access mainstream finance.

A 2016 report by charity Oxfam showed that the wealth of the world's richest 62 people has risen by 44 percent since 2010, with almost half of the super-rich living in the United States, while the wealth of the poorest 3.5 billion fell 41 percent.

"This creates tension among people at the bottom (of the income ladder). They blame refugees and minorities - and unscrupulous politicians exploit this," said Yunus, "You don't trust other people, so you build walls," he said.

To break free from an unequal financial system that disadvantages the poor, people should use their creative energy to become entrepreneurs themselves and spread wealth among a broader base of citizens, said Yunus.

"People are not born to be job seekers - they are entrepreneurs by nature," he said, adding that businesses that are focused more on doing social good than generating maximum profit can help to rectify economic and gender inequality.

"If wealth comes to billions of people, this wealth will not come to the top one percent (of rich people), and it will not be easy to concentrate all the wealth in a few hands," he said.

Yunus, 76, revolutionized finance for the poorest when he started providing tiny loans to Bangladeshi villagers at market interest rates without requiring collateral, helping them to escape what he termed a "slavery" relationship with loan sharks.

Grameen Bank, founded by Yunus, has lent money to 8.8 million people in Bangladesh alone since it was set up 40 years ago and its model of providing small loans to people, mostly women, has spread across the world.

(Reporting by Astrid Zweynert; Editing by Katie Nguyen)


Larry Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures

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3 lessons from slack-key guitarists

Saturday, February 04, 2017


My wife and I just returned from a two-week vacation in Maui, our first visit to that nostalgic island. While there we attended a slack-key guitar concert, coordinated by Grammy-award winning artist, George Kahumoku, Jr. with guitarists Peter DeAquino and Kawika Kahiapo.

We enjoyed classical Hawaiian music but also heard historical details of the music and culture of the islands. As the artists told their personal stories and related them to the land, sea and winds of the islands, three key points stood out as principles for success in just about anything, including business.

1. It's in the blood.

It became clear while listening to George that he credited his God-given abilities in music to how God had wired him as with so many of his colleagues. It seemed that his mind and time constantly gravitated to the rhythms of the forefathers.

That got me thinking about business and especially entrepreneurs. It is almost impossible to be successful if it is not “in the blood”. God has wired people to be successful in business, whether as an entrepreneur, a management type or as a financial expert. As IBEC seeks to find clients who start and operate Kingdom businesses, it is important to find people who wake up and think of business all day long – because that is how they are wired. It is in the blood. It is God-given.

2. Mentoring is important.

Peter tells the story of how his family and neighbors would sing for hours in the evenings and on weekends. As a 5-year-old he was always excluded but he continued to hang around, asking questions and finding a spare guitar or ukulele, sometimes when others had gone to sleep. He started to learn and play by listening and seeking help from those more accomplished.

Mentoring is important in business. I have highlighted in other blogs the fact that no entrepreneur ever reaches success alone. It takes others who coach, provide mentoring and expertise which she or he does not have. Just as a world-class guitarist is mentored by the masters, so should everyone seeking to reach success in Kingdom business-building be coached and mentored.

3. Be a life-long learner.

Kawika is incredibly accomplished in his musical skill – both as a writer and musician. But repeatedly he referred to learning new chords, melodies, stories to write, and rhythm variations. As a musician he will be a learner until he dies.

So too in business – we can never afford to stop learning. A recent blog reflects on the importance of life-long learning:

To resolve or not to resolve - that is the question!

It was there that I quoted Wayne Gretzky, the best hockey player to ever play the game, "... you never learn enough about the game both on and off the ice, and from the guys who have been through it."

One more blog on life-long learning:

A tale of three businesses: the importance of life-long learning


Larry Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures

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7 steps to situational awareness

Saturday, January 28, 2017


Situational Awareness is the ability to identify, process and understand critical pieces of information about what is happening with regard to the critical ‘mission’.

Recent official reports of the cause of several aviation disasters have focused on ‘situational awareness’. In short, it means being aware of what is going on around you.

For example, this report surfaced in mid-December 2016:

A service inquiry has found that a loss of crew situational awareness was the most significant contributory cause of the crash of a Royal Air Force (RAF) Westland/Aerospatiale SA 330E Puma HC2 medium transport helicopter in Afghanistan in October 2015, with the loss of five of the nine personnel on board.

The report by the UK Military Aviation Authority (MAA) into the loss of Puma XW229 over Kabul, released on 15 December, found that the pilots and rear crewman had become fixated on ground features as they were coming into land, after having lost visual contact with the lead Puma in the formation. In doing so they failed to observe an aerostat, the tether of which the helicopter subsequently struck.1

In a similar manner a La Mia air charter carrying the Brazilian Chapecoense soccer club going to the biggest game in their history crashed near Medellin, Colombia. The main reason, running out of fuel, indicated a clear failure to maintain situational awareness. 71 people died.

Starting and developing a Kingdom business in a high risk country is a tough thing to do. It is high risk. It is not like business start-ups in the Western world. One key to success is being situationally aware. It is akin to understanding the risks and taking the appropriate mitigation steps.

7 steps to situational awareness in international Kingdom business development

Here are seven key factors in maintaining a situational awareness which I have used over the years in the supervision and coaching of foreigners in complex overseas work.
  1. Understand the risks. I recommend a professional quality risk assessment so as to understand the risks of doing business in the region. There are several models available which can be self-administered, but it is preferable to retain a facilitator at least for the first go round.2 It is important to clearly list the primary risks, determine the probability (probability factor) of an event happening and the impact (crisis impact value) if the event occurs.

  2. Make a plan. The final outcome of a risk assessment is to develop a contingency plan to mitigate the probability and the impact. For example, after a visit from some consultants, a for-profit English school in China saw the shifting demographic in the community, and then made a plan to re-focus, adjust marketing strategy, and even modify their financial projections.

  3. Know your community. I believe it is mandatory to develop strong positive relationships with the neighbors and with local officials. There is no substitute for having friends who look out for you as they will usually understand the nuances of culture better than foreigners. One business owner in Asia took great pains to keep the city officials informed of his business. It was not long before he realized that he had “friends in high places” who advocated for him and even boasted to mayors of other cities of what he was doing to address social issues through his business.

  4. Be alert to changing conditions. All business leaders should listen to the news media and other sources of information. They need to know where to get information on constantly changing laws and practices. They should pay attention to political developments that may affect the business, their markets, personal visas, tax issues etc. A change in government in one large Asian country resulted in pressure on foreign-owned businesses. Advance knowledge of such helped the business owner adapt to changing conditions.3

  5. Be a continual learner of culture. While learning the language is imperative, it is just one component of a culture. All of us who have lived many years abroad agree that there is always something new to learn – not just manners and actions but thinking patterns and signals to watch. For example, most of the world’s population lives in a relationship-based culture, unlike rule-based cultures in the west. It can come as quite a shock to realize that sometimes “no” means “yes” and “yes” means “no”. Learning to deal with such ambiguities is a learned skill. Listen! Listen! Listen!

  6. Keep focused on the mission of the business. Just as in the helicopter disaster cited above, it can be catastrophic to take your eyes off the goal. One of our clients in a North African country had a great business plan and a wonderful expert consultant. However, one of the partners began to lose focus and the business began to drift. Soon the other partner found it difficult to continue alone, and the business was sold.

  7. Have a mentor or coach. Most entrepreneurs recognize that it takes a team to grow the business, and it is a help to be accountable to someone. Good situational awareness comes from a variety of sources, and every business needs coaches and mentors who have faced similar issues earlier in their career. One tour business in Asia invited a team of seven to take a beta-tour for 10 days. When we met in a hotel on the last day and gave them more than 100 comments and suggestions, we thought we would be considered ‘persona non grata’ with them – but they thanked us and we saw the company grow as they responded to many of our suggestions.
No matter where one is in the world, to be situationally aware is mandatory. Certainly Kingdom businesses in foreign countries need to consider the factors listed here and others to really know what is going on around them.

1 Gareth Jennings, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly, December 16, 2016
2 Crisis Consulting International (www.cricon.org) and Morton Security (www.mortonsecure.com) provide good resources and training.
3 Proverbs 27:23


Larry Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures

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BAM preparation programs

Saturday, January 21, 2017


From time to time I am asked an important question. “I am interested in serving in a Kingdom business overseas, where can I go to prepare myself?”

Some of the suggestions below are for those who are entrepreneurs, some are for others with a robust business background while others will be helpful to those with minimalist training and experience. These are some that I am familiar with; I am sure there are others; they are in no particular order.
  • Agora Enterprises - Global Entrepreneur Training: This Global Entrepreneurship Training (GET) includes a weekend boot camp and on-line training for serious entrepreneurs.

  • BAM Course: Mark and Jo Plummer of The BAM (Business As Mission) Resource Team have led this program for many years which includes course work and internships; located in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

  • Regent University’s Center for Entrepreneurship The Regent University Center for Entrepreneurship (RCE) is multi-faceted and led by John Mulford. Its focus is on East Africa.

  • Third Path: Mike Baer and Elijah Elkins have designed a 12-month on-line program which builds on the many years of experience of Mike and Elijah in the BAM world.

  • The Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Course: This comprehensive program led by Patrice Tsague of the Nehemiah Project provides a certificate in business training and discipleship; open to owners, entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs.

  • Nexus B4T Student Opportunities: Nexus, affiliated with the OPEN Network offers some internships for business students who want to experience Business for Transformation (B4T) first hand in the 10/40 window.

  • The Chalmers Center: The Chalmers Center in Chattanooga has been a quality micro-enterprise program for many years.

  • Living and Learning: Steve Rundle, professor, author and researcher at Biola University runs this quality program.

  • Acton University: Acton University in Michigan has many robust academic and experiential study modules which focus on building a solid business with biblical roots.

  • Global Leadership University: Bob Goldman leads an MBA program for business students who envision starting kingdom businesses abroad.


Larry Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures

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Keep the big picture in mind

Sunday, January 15, 2017


IBEC board member, Dave Kier is the owner of a sizable feed company in Iowa. He writes blogs like this for his employees five days a week.  He is a wonderful example of a Kingdom business owner that keeps the Quadruple Bottom Line front and center.

This writing of a few weeks ago reminds us of the importance of keeping the big picture in mind, just as God does and just as wise business owners do.

“Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” II Corinthians 9:10 NASB®

It seems to me that a by-product of this technological era is going to be too many “taskers”. You know what a “tasker” is don’t you? It’s the person who doesn’t see nor look beyond the task at hand. At the beginning of the industrial revolution, assembly line production began where a person was hired and taught to add one part to whatever was being made. Then Deming, Drucker, Goldratt and other teachers began teaching not only how to improve efficiency but in so doing, caused management to include the workers in thinking of the entire system.  If we aren’t careful, the computer era will put us back in the box causing us to be assembly line thinkers not system thinkers. If we aren’t wise, the technological box could be deceptively stifling.

In our company, we fight the “getting feed out the door” syndrome where the person buying the ingredients thinks only of keeping inventory filled and those in maintenance think only of making a particular repair and the one in the mill thinks only of getting the feed made and the person in the truck thinks only of delivering feed and the one in the office thinks only of paying the bills and billing the customer and so on.  

All are very important tasks but we must pause to understand we are blending nutrients to make a diet that is vital to not only sustain the animal but to allow it to grow as efficiently and profitably as possible for the customer.  Every semi-truck that pulls out of the yard is filled with amino acids, vitamins, minerals, calories, and so on. It’s not just feed, it’s an important component of the human food chain and our components help feed the world.  We are part of a system and the better we understand the food system from beginning to end, the better cog in the wheel of life we are.

God is purposeful because His entire spoken word as written for us reveals a God who was and is intent on fulfilling His purposes are grand and God is a very big picture thinker. All of scripture reveals a God who not only created with a purpose, but directs the affairs of man with a purpose and we are a very important part of His purpose. Jesus left the splendor of Heaven to live, die and rise from the tomb for a purpose – that we may have eternal life bringing glory to God as you live on this earth. You and I are part of God’s great plan because He made you and I for a purpose and He does so because He loves us.

“If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing.”  W.E. Deming


Larry Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures

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Who we are is why we win

Sunday, January 08, 2017


As I write this the University of Washington Husky football team is preparing to play the best college football team in the nation, Alabama's Crimson Tide, on New Year&'s eve. It is a daunting challenge.

But the Huskies earned it, finishing #4 in the college voting and earning a playoff spot along with Alabama, Ohio and Clemson. My home is two miles north of Husky Stadium and the pride and joy in Seattle not go unnoticed.

I recently looked at a selected number of flags outside of Husky Stadium, the home of the Huskies. One stated, “Who we are is why we win”. I got to thinking about that and the principle that it represents.

Husky teams have not always been winners, and coach Chris Petersen has only been in town for four years; and of course there are winning teams which are not character-driven. But coach Petersen set a standard early in his tenure - it is all about character!

“Seventy-five percent of the time he’s talking to the team, it’s about your character. What type of person you should be, you want to be, and just doing the right thing all times,” linebacker Keishawn Bierria said recently. “Life outside football. That’s really what he talks about.”

And the key has partially to do with recruiting character. Petersen is well known for his “our kind of guy” talk about the guidelines he values for his players. Quarterback Jake Browning is one of those players - #4 in the nation for passing efficiency and holder of several Pac-12 records as a sophomore. “It is about having character”, says Petersen when talking about well-rounded young men with character both on and off the field.

“What we are is more important than what we do,” stated Hudson Taylor who lived in China for 51 years. The principle has been stated in other ways as well. John Maxwell lists character as the first chapter in his book, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, indicating that we need to focus on being bigger on the inside (character) than we are on the outside (influence or results).

Kingdom character

Kingdom business people need to remember that there is no point in winning at business if we are losing at life. Character may come as obvious for some, but it is not as easy as it seems. “Who we are…” is about: always as easy as it seems. “Who we are…” is about:
  • Keeping a passion for Jesus in all things

  • Giving fair quality time to our spouse and our family

  • Maintaining moral clarity and standards which are above reproach

  • Keeping to ethical standards which honor the scriptures, the host country and our own

  • Being accountable to someone – always!

  • Searching the scriptures as a standard for decision-making and life conduct

  • Setting a standard of life-long learning

  • Keeping a balance between our work and our inner souls as measured by objective criteria

It is our character (i.e. inner self) which fuels our ultimate success when considering what we hope to accomplish in our business and what eternity will hold. Development of our character in the long run is mostly done alone and behind the scenes, but it will yield the highest return.

Larry Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures

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