I think it’s pretty clear that the enemy of God does not want Christ followers to be successful in their Christian business strategies. In John 10:10 we read this: The thief comes ONLY to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Specifically, the enemy wants to steal your money, kill your body and destroy your relationships. All three of which can adversely affect your Christian business strategies as a leader. At the same time and in the same verse Jesus Himself has a promise that He has an alternative called a FULL life!
Can we agree that successful Christian business strategies might just be a smaller part of a full life?
course we can.
When Satan comes to rob you, that punk is really trying to steal your IDENTITY and DESTINY. He frequently does that by sending you messages through many different means (circumstances, our mistakes, cash flow, gossip etc) and through many different messengers (friends, family and enemies). All of which will echo the same sentiment that he whispers in their ears for repeating “you don’t have the right stuff, you suck and you’re a loser!”
Jacob cheated, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul committed murder, Gideon was insecure, Miriam gossiped, Martha Martha worried, Thomas Thomas doubted, Sarah was impatient, Elijah was moody, Moses stuttered, Zacchaeus was short, Abraham was old, and Lazarus was dead.
Yet God still used all these people mightily. It’s time for Christian business leaders everywhere to STOP listening to the voice of enemy and start listening to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He’s proclaiming you have bright future, He’s proclaiming that He has plans to prosper you and not harm you in all you do. So who are you going to listen to today?
Allow God to prune you, prepare you and prevent you from falling when you arrive at your God breathed destiny. Don’t quit in the pruning season but instead press on to your destiny with all you have in faith.
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When Michael Eisner left Disney and Bob Iger took over, Disney was in more than one battle. In fact the legendary Michael Eisner had simply alienated two of the most prominent members of the board, including one with the famous last name of Disney. From the board room to the receptionist at Disney it was a personnel and corporate-vision nightmare.
In business today, you can fight wars or you can be productive but you can’t do both for your Christian business strategies. You might not be the size of Disney but if you have more than one person working with you, you have the recipe for human interaction at its worst, interpersonal conflict.
Remember the old Peanut cartoon where Pig Pen always had the hurricane dust cloud following him around? When you see that kind of cloud hanging over the heads of your employees, RUN TO THE FUNK and deal with it head on. Your job is to create a funk-free zone.
If you’re leading a team of any size, you’re going to need to know that with every new addition to the team, the ‘corporate culture’ you’re creating shifts. You need to be quick to bring healing where possible between staff members baring in mind we’re dealing with real people here. People that bring their life pain and pleasure into your office with them @ 8AM every morning.
Here’s a few of the ways I’ve been able to build successful teams while keeping the funk to a minimum;
1. When there’s a personnel issue in your Christian business strategies, deal with it head on. Don’t let the sun go down on it. If the employee owns up to their issues, and want to improve, it’s your job to help him or her be the best they can be. If they can’t face their stuff, make the hard call now.
Surround yourself with people ready, willing and able to grow. If they’re not willing, there’s plenty of other’s who are. That negative kind of person can take an entire company down faster than you can say “what happened?”
2. Measure your company on three primary things DAILY.
a. Customer satisfaction
b. Employees satisfaction
c. Cash flow
3. Set your people free to produce. I know what you’re thinking, what? Of course they need to actually produce. Give them enough line to fish on their own, then check their catch frequently.
4. Focus: If you cannot get your team to focus in today’s world, you’re toast. Keep a watchful eye for the employees that lose focus, they have a contagious disease.
5. Make people share ideas: you’ll be surprised at what you get. both silly and grand but open the door and insist that you have a culture of innovation.
Building Christian business strategies in a productive corporate culture today means creating a FUNK-FREE environment. Make sure everyone on the team sees three things at all times; vision, vision and vision! Get everyone on board with the vision and where needed, allow the ones that do not or cannot get behind the vision the opportunity to take their funk elsewhere.
Do it with love, do it with dignity but do it. Simply put leadership is not for everyone or everyone would be leaders. Leaders make the hard choices for the greater good of the whole. As Christian business leaders, that means we do it with thought, prayer, guidance and wisdom, but at the end of the day, we still have to do it!
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Hey there, Welcome!
This is Michael Besson, with another in the series of Life in the God Zone. You can find us at LifeintheGodZone.org. We do these events across the country, in churches, in your business, and in organizations.
And today, we’re going to give you just a little snippet of some of that material. And I think, and I believe, it will benefit your life, and benefit your Christian business strategies in extraordinary ways.
Let me just share with you one of the things that I’ve sort of observed, maybe you’ve observed it as well. I see a lot of people hurt. I see a lot of Christian leaders, Christian executives, Christian people, saying,
“Ah! What do I do? The economy is tough, the economy is hurting, and my business is really down”
Now this is a little brutal, but what I believe that we all have to do, is look at the Parable of Talents. The Word of God tells a story about the Parable of the Talents, where there was a man – let’s call him a CEO, an entrepreneur, that gives talents to three different people. Five talents to one, two to another, one to the third, each to their own ability.
Let’s say I’m freshman in high school and I want to go work at a McDonalds.
(I’d rather go to work at In N Out Burger, I think it’s a greater opportunity. They’re all operated by Christians, but that’s just a cliff note.)
Let’s say I go to work in McDonalds, and I am the fry cook. If I master the job of fry cook, do you think the manager’s going to look at me and go “Boy, he was pretty dah gone good on the fries. I’m going to put him on the burgers. ‘Cause now I got a guy that can do burgers and fries.”
Now, what if I master the burger flip-hand? I can tell you what’s going to happen. He’s going to put me on a cash register. And when I master that, he’s going to help me with some other shift management. And when I master that, he’s going to offer me the assistant manager’s job, and I think you get the idea here.
You increase your skill, you increase your ability, and God increases what is able in your life.
He is able to just provide you, to give you the opportunity, to accomplish Christian business strategies. Here’s the problem:
Too many of us, as believers and unbelievers alike, are in the fry cook job of life, and we’re not willing to increase our skill, increase our ability.
Well what did the Word of God say? According to the Parable of Talents, he gave five to one, two to another, one to the third, each to their own abilities. You see,
if we’re not willing to increase our skill and ability, there is a principle by the King of kings, the Lord of lords, designed to grow your life.
That’s why I don’t believe in a lot of these socialistic kinds of thinking, and I don’t want to get political here, I just mean that I don’t believe everybody should have even amounts, because different people will contribute different things to a society, to a family, to Christian business strategies, and to a church. And it isn’t a matter of judgment, but it is this…
And then by the way, I think people get too caught up in this sometimes, they think that when you talk like this, you believe everybody should be a CEO of the world.
“You know, everybody should create a Microsoft! All you have to do is increase your skill and your ability.” No, I think God has a design and a purpose for each one of us, my point is a little bit simpler.
My point is:
Are you being diligent with what God has given you? Are you diligently increasing so that as you grow older in life, you’re actually growing in wisdom? You’re actually growing in skill.
And I could tell you how to discover that. Are people coming to you for council? Are they coming to you for questions? Are they coming to you for challenges in their lives and in their Christian business strategies, that they need real answers for? They’re going to you because they haven’t been able to find them anywhere else. That’s when you know you’re beginning to grow in skill and ability.
So, when you look at the Parables of the Talents, I think it’s important to ask yourself: am I applying this principle to my Christian business strategies? Do I need to increase my skill and ability in marketing, in sales, in operation, in prospecting, in servicing, or delivering a product to my clients, but to my customers?
Because if you’re not, I think you can get bloody knees, praying to the Lord and asking for an increase. And if you’re violating one of these key principles that you must grow, I don’t think you’re going to see much in return. I could be wrong, but that’s what I believe.
So listen, I think this is one of the neatest things that’s helped me in my career.
It’s just the hunger to grow and hunger to learn, and a hunger to increase my skill and my ability.
And I encourage you to think about doing the same for your life and Christian business strategies.
So this is another moment from the Life in the God Zone series. You can find more about our organization and what we do at BizChangerZ.com, and until I see you again, let’s just re-think your potential.
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Hey there, Welcome! This is Michael Besson, co-founder of BizChangerZ.com. We’re a full service consulting firm, but that’s not why I’m here today. I’m here today to share a little something we call ‘Life in the God zone.’
Life in the God zone is a series that we’re doing across the country, in churches, in companies, in various organizations. Our goal is to share principles that affect you as a Christian leader, as a Christian business executive, as a Christian entrepreneur. And so Life in the God zone is a – an on-going series that we’re going to share some of the things we’ve picked up in the last twenty five years concerning Christian business strategies, and I hope that benefits you.
So in Series One, we’re going to talk about spiritual barometers and business barometers.
How do you know when your spiritual life is off and how do you know when your business life is off?
So, when I was a little boy, I had a beautiful Grandmother. Her name is Grandma Milly. And Grandma Milly had this weather barometer on her desk. And I would look at this thing and say, “Grandma, what is it?” There’s a beautiful wheel like on a boat, and it would show before it rained, whether or not it was going to rain.
So what it really was, was a direct reflection of what was coming at you.
So here’s a really quick principle – takes just a couple of minutes. I call it CEO 101, or Cash flow 101. Early in my career, I had a mentor and he taught me this about Christian business strategy, and I’ve never forgotten it. I’ve been through incredible training since, but this is so simple that anyone who owns or operates a business today can really appreciate it.
CEO 101 is this: if you don’t have cash flow or the kind of cash flow that you want today, it is by virtue of not having enough sales yesterday. If you didn’t have the sales that you needed yesterday, there’s a reason. It was the marketing the day before.
So a lot of times in business, we take our eyes off the most simple of tactics, Christian business strategies and methods to ensure good cash flow.
So, when you’re looking at your organization, if you don’t have that kind of revenue, I would encourage you to say “Geez, we’re not having the kind of sales that we need, and if we’re not having the kind of the sales that we need, we must not have the right kind of marketing.”
Now, let me just offer this, as a kind of a cliff note, a very simplistic way of taking care of cash revenue. If in fact, you are doing marketing WELL, when if in fact you are executing a sophisticated or a worthwhile sales strategy, and you’re still not getting the kind of cash flow that your company needs, it may be time to re-evaluate your Christian business strategies.
You know, at BizChangerZ that’s one of the things we do and I don’t want this to be an infomercial to that. I want you to understand the God part of this, but essentially, sometimes it’s time to re-evaluate.
Sometimes, it’s time to look at the strategies, the methods, the products, the services that you’re using – that you’re selling rather – and maybe the market has shifted? Maybe the marketing needs to shift along with it?
Perhaps the time line for which your service or your product really had its heyday is over and it’s time to transition. Hey, Blockbuster Video was a great store, until the transition. When the shift happened, Blockbuster didn’t catch it and look where it ended up.
So, on CEO 101, or Cash flow 101, I would encourage and look at those three things that are very, very important. But how does that tie in to my spiritual life, Michael? Well, I’ll tell you. I’ve shared this with groups of leaders, of bible studies, of men’s retreats, and I’ve seen a great deal of success with this. And I call it the four tires on your car.
You know, if a guy is driving down the road, and his tires are low, (one of them specifically)- we’re going to know right away. “Oh, the tire is low. I’m going to pull over.”
Here’s what I hear too often and I don’t find that when people tell me this, that they in fact do know the answer. “You know Michael, I’m praying, I’m trusting God and I’m wanting something to happen. But I just feel like my prayers are going to the ceiling and I’m not going anywhere. Michael, I’m not doing anything wrong but I feel like God’s a million miles away and I’m trying to complete my Christian business strategies and I’m trying to do everything right but it isn’t working.”
I’m going to suggest something to you. It’s as simple, biblically speaking, as one of four tires. So listen up. First and foremost, forsake not the assembling with one another.
Hebrews 10:24-26 tells us that there is something amazing that happens with fellowship with one another.
So I look at one of the tires and say, “Geez, I’m just not feeling and sensing the presence of God in my Christian business strategies, and in my life.”
“Hey God, I’ve got some challenges in my Christian business strategies. I’ve got some challenges in my home. Oh by the way, I love You, God. I love You. I need some help in this area. I need some solutions.” So first, forsake not the assembling of one another. Secondly, pray without ceasing.
You know, in the Bible, God tells us that the Holy Spirit is the greatest of all counselors. So, when I’m having some Christian business challenges, when I’m having strategic planning issues, when I want to access infinite creativity, I have access to the Holy Spirit that lives inside of me, if, I don’t grieve the Holy Spirit.
Anybody that’s in a marriage knows if you grieve a wife, there is a bit of a separation. This morning my wife and I had a marital discussion and you know what? It grieves us when we’re just slightly separated. The same thing is true with your children. The same thing is true with your friends, your spouses. Why wouldn’t it be true with the King of kings and the Lord of lords?
How many of us today are so beat up? We don’t have any life left in us. We’re faking it as we walk out the door; we’re faking as we walk into the office. You know, I find that my being refuses to start without the very life blood of the Word of God.
So, forsake not the fellowship of one another; to pray without ceasing; grieve not the Holy Spirit; and the fourth tire is to know the Word of God.
You know, when you take an orange and you squeeze it? That is all that this is. But it’s so true, especially with the Word of God. What comes out of an orange when you squeeze it? Orange juice. What comes out of your life is what’s in it.
If the Word of God is a treasure, hidden in your heart, you’re going to find the knowledge, wisdom and understanding from the very throne of God.
It helps you accomplish what you need to accomplish in this world.
This is Michael Besson from the Life in the God Zone, you could find us at the lifeinthegodzone.org and bookmark us, sending where you want; we come free of charge. We do this as our way of giving back. You can also find us at BizChangerZ.com. But I hope this series number one, in Life in the God Zone, will touch your life, touch your heart, and change your business. Remember, re-thinking your potential is what we do in BizChangerZ.com and lifeinthegodzone.org.
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