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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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“Business As Mission doesn’t work!”

July 5, 2019

Have you heard this statement?  Sometimes I weary of hearing it.  I have heard it from well-meaning pastors who apparently believe it.  I have heard it from honest inquirers.  I have heard it from people who have no idea what Business As Mission really is. It seems to me that some people have built-in biases …

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Of Economics, Freedom, BAM and Independence

June 28, 2019

This week we celebrate Independence Day in America. And we begin the amazingly long and expensive run-up to the 2020 US election, which focuses on numerous topics that often touch on political and personal freedom. We are hearing more and more themes related to economics these days. As a student of economics in the 1960s, …

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Agency Boon – a Kingdom Business in Romania

June 21, 2019

“Did you learn anything today?”  My mother asked me that regularly when I was growing up.  She valued learning and being a child of the depression and a WWII veteran, she was keen that I find my place in a changing world both as a Jesus follower and a productive citizen. I did learn something …

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Danger Ahead: Three ways the incubation, hatching and training of mallard ducklings is like Missional Business incubation and acceleration

June 14, 2019

Throughout the month of May I have been following the progress of mallard duck incubation, hatching and early stage development in the lake not far from my house. As I observed the little ducklings in their new environment and their relationship with their mother, my thoughts turned to the similarities and contrasts with incubation and …

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How the Lean Startup Approach is Different – a best BAM Approach?

June 7, 2019

I just completed teaching a university winter semester course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  All such courses in the last decade or so teach the lean startup canvas made popular by Steve Blank, Eric Reis and Ash Maurya.  This distinctive tool for startup businesses is different than traditional business planning as it starts with a search …

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My Five Commandments for Entrepreneurs

May 31, 2019

Most of us are probably aware that LinkedIn has some amazing articles.  Also, we have heard of the Shark Tank, and one of the sharks named Robert Herjavec.  This is a reprint blog of his recent article which I used in my university class on entrepreneurship. See the original article entitled “My Five Commandments for …

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