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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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What are we supposed to think and do about poverty?

March 23, 2015

An indelible image in my mind while growing up in northern Canada was of grown men sleeping in our town’s Greyhound bus station with no place to go and nothing to eat.  Years later while living in tropical Brazil our family saw poverty as we had never seen it before.  As I have traveled the …

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Part 2: To bribe or not to bribe?

March 2, 2015

  Last week I proposed the Noonan definition of a bribe as “an inducement improperly influencing the performance of a public function meant to be gratuitously exercised” (The History of Bribery). That definition then begs the question of what is proper and improper.  Considering biblical culture and law, our own culture and law and the host culture …

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Part 1: To bribe or not to bribe?

February 23, 2015

To pay a bribe or not to pay a bribe? Is that really a question? Today I will expand on an important issue that I began in my February 1, 2015 blog, Ethics and integrity in cross cultural business. In it I referred to a rather lengthy document on the subject of ethics and integrity in …

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What’s your TBO (‘The Big Opportunity’) for 2015?

December 29, 2014

“How you see your future is much more important than how you see your past.” Zig Ziglar “Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson This is the time of year when one hears comments like, “I can’t believe another year …

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Sustaining vision for an abundant life

December 15, 2014

Entrepreneur and IBEC Board member, Dave Kier reflects on purpose in what we do.  At this time of year, young entrepreneurs may wonder if all the work and uncertainty are worth it.  They may be trying to live one day at a time, having lost the vision to “change the world”.  The story that Dave …

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Part 2: Entrepreneurs, business developers…or both?

December 8, 2014

Last week Dave Kier surfaced the question of “Leadership” versus “Followership”.  He drew a distinction between the founder (or entrepreneur) in a business and a manager.  He talked about leaders and followers.  In Part 2 of this theme we consider the importance of all types in the development of a Kingdom business team. Malcolm Gladwell …

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Part 1: Leadership and Followership

December 1, 2014

Again we share the insightful thoughts of entrepreneur David Kier, owner of DFS Feeds and an IBEC board member.  His thoughtful wisdom reveals an important concern for Business as Mission start-ups: do we emphasis the entrepreneurial leader at the expense of the business builder? This is Part 1 of a two part series on the importance …

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What are my next steps?

November 10, 2014

  “What advice would you give a young man like me?” This question came to me following a talk I gave last week at a Business as Mission conference in the Midwest. I had just spoken to a group of 25 young professionals and a recent graduate of a state agricultural university came up to …

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What does Christopher Columbus’s life teach us about business leadership?

October 13, 2014

Columbus Day is celebrated the 2nd Monday of October – a memory of the first non-native American to come to our shores and stay with a permanent presence, paving the way for European expansion.  Columbus was an interesting and colorful character demonstrating some admirable qualities but also some qualities that are detractors for any successful …

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