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What is in a name?

September 19, 2015

Mount McKinley (Denali) Names are important for many reasons.  In late August I viewed Mt. McKinley in Alaska a couple of different times.  Now it is no longer Mt. McKinley but Denali, which means “tall one” or “high one” by the local Athabascan native peoples.  It was named Mt. McKinley by a prospector in 1896, …

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Freedom Business: a business that exists to fight human trafficking

September 12, 2015

Freedom Business: A business that exists to fight human trafficking Freedom Business Alliance exists to help Freedom Businesses succeed. IBEC is proud of our involvement in the Freedom Business Alliance (FBA) which was launched this year and has now developed its website.  IBEC’s own Marcia Leahy is on the Core Leadership Team and IBEC is …

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Fulfillment at work

September 5, 2015

Monday is Labor Day in the US and Canada, a national holiday that dates back to the 1880s.  It has its roots in the labor movement and is celebrated in September in North America, distinct from most of the world which celebrates the International Workers Day on May 1. Our Christian faith has much to …

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Critical clarity: customers and culture

August 31, 2015

I recently read a comment in Patrick Lai’s book, Business for Transformation – Getting Started. He said “before producing a product, ensure that you have customers first.”  That got me thinking about culture and the key role it plays in any business endeavor. Culture is the values and practices shared by the members of group.  The business …

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Recommended read: “Business for Transformation – Getting Started”

August 24, 2015

Patrick Lai is a thought leader and a proven BAM entrepreneur/practitioner of Business for Transformation (B4T), a term closely related to Business as Mission (BAM).  In his second book, Business for Transformation – Getting Started, he talks about authentic businesses which are profitable and sustainable, create jobs, and bring people to follow Jesus.  It is …

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Lessons from Microsoft @ 40

August 17, 2015

For sure there are many lessons from the 40-year history of Microsoft. Clearly they are a gigantic success and I will highlight just three lessons here in hopes they will provide insight for all of us in the startup world. I travel to and through Seattle quite often and took note recently of “Microsoft at …

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Leadership lessons for my grand kids – part 2

August 10, 2015

  Last week I highlighted five principles of leadership I wanted to pass on to my grand kids.  They apply to a profit-making business, not-for-profits, charities, a team and just about anything.  This is Part 2. 1. Figure out how God made you and spend your life developing that. When I was in my twenties …

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Quilts and a question

July 20, 2015

I just looked out my office window on this sunny day in mid-July.  Our little town of 2,000 residents is swarming with about 10,000 tourists who have come to the largest outdoor quilt show in North America.  It is amazing! Thousands of people; overweight dogs on leashes; women with gigantic handbags; a restored 1931 Model …

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WATER — or lack of it!

July 6, 2015

WATER!  I never thought much about it.  I was born and raised on Canada’s west coast with rainwater and lakes all around.  I lived for 21 years in the Amazon rain forest!  I suffered the rainy winters of Seattle for five years.  I can see the snow pack on the Cascade mountains from where I …

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Mr. Hockey – what did he say about business?

May 18, 2015

Photo credit: Kris Krüg, some rights reserved. I just returned from a week in Alberta, Canada where ice hockey excitement ran high with Calgary winning the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs.  It reminded me of my hockey days, playing minor hockey in Alberta, even playing in the Calgary Saddledome where the Calgary …

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