The ultimate startup guide

April 14, 2018

The Winter 2017/2018 issue of Inc. Magazine’s cover story was entitled, “The Ultimate Startup Guide”. It was sub-titled “21 pages of wisdom gained the hard way by successful founders”. I couldn’t resist buying it in the Palm Beach International airport. The article was entitled The First 90 Days and was billed as a checklist of …

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What is your role in Business as Mission?

April 7, 2018

Recently  I taught a session on Business as Mission at a conference in Portland, Oregon.  About 60 attended.  I used several videos to tell the story of how God uses Business as Mission to accomplish his purpose in the world.  The videos demonstrate how Kingdom for-profit businesses make a difference by creating jobs and making …

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Fulfilling Jesus’ two “Greats”

April 2, 2018

As we celebrate the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ, we reflect on his words to us before his death, often referred to as The Great Commandment and the Great Commission. The Great Commandment “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and …

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Kingdom business practitioner: Had a campfire talk lately?

March 25, 2018

Last Thursday I attended a event on Capitol Hill in Seattle.  I am not used to hobnobbing with 200 entrepreneurs in one room, but I was there to learn and to see how some of them presented their pitch to the audience. Founders Live is an global community and social platform for entrepreneurs to …

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And God created the peanut

March 17, 2018

IBEC Board member, Dave Kier writes a regular devotional for his employees. He has proven God to be faithful and a constant guide in building his feed company in western Iowa.  In this memo from a couple of months ago, he shares how he learned from another man of God, George Washington Carver. “It is …

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Make your meetings strategic

March 10, 2018

Matthew Todd is a new IBEC consultant, who has owned his own company and now provides consulting help to other companies.  He used the following in one of his communications last August. Strategic communication begins and ends at the very top of the organization. The leadership teams of the companies I work with, when asked …

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Perseverance in business– it may mean all the difference!

March 3, 2018

I am a winter sports guy, having grown up playing hockey on the cold prairies of western Canada and skiing the Canadian Rockies before they were famously on the world circuit.  It gives me great joy to watch the winter sports in the Olympics and I tend to look for the small things which make …

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To franchise or not?

February 24, 2018

A franchise is defined as the right or license granted by a company to an individual or group to market or produce its products or services in a specific territory. The idea has surfaced from time to time in Business as Mission (BAM) strategizing that franchising has a potential advantage in starting and operating kingdom …

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Emotional intelligence and success in business

February 18, 2018

There are many metaphors in life which provide models for business, both here in North America and in Kingdom businesses abroad.  The recent football season and Super Bowl win for the Philadelphia Eagles provides such a “how to” model for success. My family lived in Philadelphia for 17 years but were not privileged to view …

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What makes a top ranked business leader?

February 10, 2018

According to Comparably’s annual Best Places to Work 2017 list, these are the top ranked CEOs in the U.S. (for large and mid/small companies) this year.1 While startup companies are certainly different in many respects from these sizable companies, much can be learned from these individual’s and the culture which they foster. Marc Benioff, Salesforce …

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