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Exodus and Work

September 12, 2021

The authors of the Theology of Work Project1 have documented that every book in the Bible has reference to God being a God of work, as a prototype for mankind likewise being commanded to work for the glory of God. One of those books is the book of Exodus. Someone who had been asked to …

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North American Labor Day and Business as Mission Businesses

September 5, 2021

“Observed the first Monday in September, Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century, when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.”1 My first contact with …

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Business is a Team Sport

August 29, 2021

I have always been a sports fan and so the Olympics always provide intrigue, cheers, pride, and lessons for life for me.  The summer of 2021 was no exception, especially when the unexpected erupted from the television screen. The USA Olympic men’s swimming 4×100 relay medley brought together four of America’s best – Caeleb Dressel, …

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Business As Mission: what do I have to offer?

August 22, 2021

This question is sometimes asked by North American Kingdom business persons who own or manage businesses: “What can I offer as consultant, advisor, mentor or coach?”  It is a natural question for business persons living and working in a very different context from a business startup in Asia, Africa, or the Middle East. What is …

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A Good Coach is a Nonnegotiable for a Business Startup

August 14, 2021

In a recent survey, IBEC Ventures reported an important finding: 42% of the respondents said that they regretted not starting with a coach. One said, “If I had to do it over again, I would start with a coach.” In business, the importance of a coach cannot be overstated. It is true in most aspects …

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Patrick Lai: WORKSHIP – A Must-Read New Book

August 8, 2021

Occasionally on this blog, I recommend new publications or websites. I want to take a moment to review WORKSHIP – Recalibrate Work and Worship, by Patrick Lai.  I believe it is a must read for anyone who is hazy about what it is we are involved with – Business as Mission.  I recommend that you …

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La Mesa Coffee – Bangkok, Thailand

August 1, 2021

Gary patiently explained to me that coffee does not equal coffee does not equal coffee.  I had no idea that it matters where the coffee came from, or who grew and harvested and roasted it, and that the journey to my mug was really a work of art!  What? It turns out that there are …

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“Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast”: Seven tips for a healthy Business as Mission

July 24, 2021

What is that supposed to mean?  I think of myself as a strategy guy so why is culture so threatening?  Peter Drucker made the statement so maybe I had better find out what he meant by it. It seems that business guru, Drucker, says that the culture of a company may be more important than …

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Peter S Heslam: Woke Capitalism

July 17, 2021

Used With Permission Connecting with Culture Business Issues & Trends Spiritual alertness is a recurrent theme in the Psalms. The language often used is of being ‘awake’ to God. Even though David was hiding from King Saul in a cave, he wrote these rousing lyrics: ‘Awake, my soul! Awake harp and lyre! I will awaken …

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IBEC coaching – how do we create value?

July 11, 2021

A couple of months ago, IBEC’s Managing Director, Bob Bush, designed a survey with the objective of identifying the current needs of the business owners we serve, so as to create increased value for our clients.  Eighteen responded. The survey had five questions designed to reveal business pain points. What are the greatest challenges you …

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