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Don’t Just Ship It! (Unsought but good advice for BAM Companies)

September 13, 2019

A couple of weeks ago, I had coffee with Derek Gillette.  We had an interesting conversation about his journey in life and we discussed our passion for business and for following Jesus.  He shared with me his blog address and when I got home, I found this blog. It is interesting because of the popularity …

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What is Triventure?

September 6, 2019

An analysis of the word ‘Triventure’ simply reveals the fact that “Tri” indicates the number three and “venture” means a pioneering endeavor into little known waters proceeding in the face of danger, risk and chance. Triventure is the name for three partnering entities in the Business As Mission space who are working together to help …

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The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

August 30, 2019

When a TED talk has over 12 million viewers and it is about entrepreneurship, I usually take the 15 minutes to check it out. And so, I discovered Adam Grant’s provocative talk on original thinking.  He seems to have grown up just a few miles from where I live in the northwest and became the …

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Coffee, Communication and Culture (A Business As Mission success story*)

August 23, 2019

Last week I enjoyed a conversation with a person I came to know more than fifteen years ago, soon after she graduated with a degree in international business.  She had worked her way through college working at Starbucks. At my recommendation, she then joined a team working in a former Soviet dominated country in central …

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Thriving vs Surviving: Building Skills and Support for BAMers

August 16, 2019

The Business As Mission website continually has excellent blog writers with comments which are practical and thought-provoking in nature.  A recent series on “pressing issues” has included a guest author writing on “Building Skills and Support for BAMers”.  I encourage all of our readers to read this series, and also to become a regular reader …

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First, Break all the Rules – Part 2: (Tips for Business As Mission companies)

August 9, 2019

Last week in Part 1, we highlighted the twelve “measuring stick” questions that every manager needs to focus on so each employee in the business can provide an affirmative answer.  The twelve questions resulted from the robust research developed by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman1.  Business As Mission companies are no exception; in fact, BAM …

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First, Break all the Rules – Part 1: (Tips for Business As Mission companies)

August 1, 2019

On May 4, 2019, during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, someone broke the rules – it was the winner, Maximum Security who was disqualified for interfering with other horses around the final turn.  The second horse, Country House, was declared the final winner.  It was the first time in the history of the …

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“Do the Right Thing” – A Business As Mission Best Practice

July 26, 2019

I have found it interesting lately to see mission statements of major corporations which indicate that they “do the right thing”; but more important is a definition of what the right thing really is, especially in the ethos of the company and the practices of top leadership. Costco Wholesale Corporation There are about ten major …

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Business as a Kingdom Calling

July 19, 2019

I teach a course entitled Innovation and Entrepreneurship at a northwest Christian university.  One day I opened my computer to grade an assignment from a new student that I did not know. He made this statement in the course of his written work, “The main goal of business is to profit…”  It was an open …

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Shut up and Listen: One key to doing business in another culture (Smart business is culturally savvy)

July 12, 2019

A recent article focused on the passion of Melinda Gates in her involvement with Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company focusing on “Lift” for women around the world.  She responded to an interviewer asking how she finds the right way to work with people cross-culturally. You always have to listen to what the people …

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