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Who we are is why we win

January 8, 2017

As I write this the University of Washington Husky football team is preparing to play the best college football team in the nation, Alabama’s Crimson Tide, on New Year&’s eve. It is a daunting challenge. But the Huskies earned it, finishing #4 in the college voting and earning a playoff spot along with Alabama, Ohio …

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To resolve or not to resolve – that is the question!

December 31, 2016

A University of Scranton study suggests that 25% of New Year’s Resolution goals go by the wayside in the first week of the year and only 48% of people are sticking to them six months later. Only 8% actually achieve the goals during that year. I think that the New Year’s resolutions tradition as we …

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Business is a gift

December 24, 2016

This month of December is a month for giving. We give gifts to each other; we reflect on the gift of Jesus to humanity; and we think about year-end giving to various charities. In mid-December Patrice Tsague, CEO of the Nehemiah Project proposed that business is a gift and he stated twenty reasons. If you …

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“It’s Christmas Time in the City” … and …

December 17, 2016

Can you hear the tune with this line from the famous, “Silver Bells” by Bing Crosby? Yes, it is Christmas time again – in the city – and in the country – and in most places in the Western world. But most of the world’s population does not live in the Western world – they …

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Lessons to be learned from Howard Schultz and Starbucks

December 11, 2016

This week I went Christmas shopping at Pike Place Market on Seattle’s waterfront. I stopped at the original Starbucks ® store to listen to a dressed-up Santa singing Christmas carols (note the original logo on this storefront which dates back to 1971). As I stopped to listen, the old Santa was singing “Joy to the …

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An immigrant alien reflects on governments

November 27, 2016

I have lived outside my country of citizenship for most all of my adult life. I have been an alien; an immigrant! Nearly thirty of those years have been in the United States, where I now work, pay taxes and live peaceably with my American wife trying to serve the spiritually unreached and economically disadvantaged …

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Where there is life there is hope!

November 21, 2016

On the night of November 2 forty million Americans were glued to their TV sets, watching history in the making. That night the Chicago Cubs won baseball’s World Series in dramatic fashion. It has been 108 years since they had won that trophy. All the talk of a curse, the Billy goat theory and every …

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Kingdom business: to invest or not to invest?

November 13, 2016

This week I received an email from a client; the owner of a manufacturing plant in Asia. I have known the owners for more than eight years and visited them twice. I have appreciation for their business model, their commitment to the Quadruple Bottom Line and their personal values. The business has created jobs, proven …

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Wealth creation is God’s idea

November 6, 2016

In the current political milieu one hears various perspectives on economic issues – how to reduce unemployment; how do address poverty and injustice; how to keep America great economically – to name a few. Business is all about wealth creation as the means of improving individual lives, communities and nations. Wealth creation can be briefly …

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Does crisis loom?

October 29, 2016

We all can remember a critical time in our business when things were not going well. Maybe even the future was in question. Maybe we were ready to give up.  Maybe competitors or authorities were out to get us. We were anxious and tempted to act precipitously and quickly in the time of stress. This …

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