At Faith Driven Entrepreneur, we encourage businesses to consider having a chaplain on staff. This video about a chaplain’s love for people is overwhelming! He goes above and beyond the call of Chaplaincy to save a life! Take a look!
I have an allergic reaction to the common dilemma of the “success to significance” paradigm, as if a follower of Jesus could be “successful” for 20 years and then “make up lost time” being “significant” for a latter period. Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of Jesus in Mark 8:37 says “What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?”
Beyond our careers, in the businesses we lead, the same tension must be worked out as well. Is it a business that funds ministry? Is it a ministry that does some business to pay the bills? Is that perhaps a false dichotomy? Is there a “tertium quid” resolution of tension in doing business AS ministry for the entrepreneur who is primarily a citizen of the Kingdom of God? I’m pretty sure Jesus didn’t call any part-time disciples and the Great Commission seemed to have an “all y’all, right now” implication for every one of us.
Undoubtedly, you've come to understand that we are big fans of chaplaincy here at FDE. Here's a video from one of entrepreneurs that Corporate Chaplains of America works with. At Bandwidth, our first interaction with Corporate Chaplains of America was 10 years ago when Jeff Brown started visiting us every other Friday morning. His impact on our staff was HUGE. We'll tell that story on an upcoming blog. In the meantime, please enjoy this video about Janet Ward Black's experience.
If you've been following this blog over the past few months, you'll know that we are HUGE fans of chaplaincy. You also know that we like to feature good, short videos with stories on our Monday blogs. Here's a good one, with some of our favorite quotes below:
by Johnny Shiu
In this episode ...
... Henry, Rusty, and William tackle questions from our valued listeners.
Marty asks, "how do we keep a Christ-centered attitude while growing a business?" For Henry, It’s about identity. It’s almost impossible when the goal is solely financial success. We should seek God first. If there’s frustration at work, it’s an opportunity to pray to God. Rusty brings a tactical point of view, and recommends starting the day prepared. Spending time with God is top priority. We should boot up with God first in order to avoid crashes, or at least minimize them. William reminds us that we can’t forget our first vocation; we are beloved children of God.
Our friend, Mike, asks "As a founder, how do i shift work responsibilities over to new employees as I get overwhelmed and simply can't do it all anymore?" For Rusty, it goes back to trust. His litmus test for delegating work is to 1) assess if he himself is good at it; 2) is it routine? and 3) does he like to do it? If so, he will typically delegate those tasks to empower his teammates even though it seems counterintuitive. This allows for employees to grow in his/her capacity which is of paramount importance if you want a long-term employee.
Adam, asked "how do we make remote team-members feel engaged and offer them a meaningful culture?" Rusty admits that this is one of the hardest questions. In many ways, culture creates itself. Rusty recalls that at Electronic Arts they had employees all around the world. Rusty sat with the CEO and proposed that they create a one page roadmap for team members to provide a clear picture of the company’s values. This way everyone could align with the most important goals of the company. Rusty is happy to share his framework with anyone.
Download your free Roadmap Template HERE.
Rick asks "how do we offer to pray for someone at the workplace? What about corporate prayer?" Recalling his own experience, Henry offered that at Bandwidth he would conduct a corporate prayer at picnics and dedicate them to families. In the first 8 years, when an employee was in a crisis Henry would offer to pray for him but he slowly realized that a Corporate Chaplain was a better approach.
Henry also shared a story involving an American Express executive. She was in the legal department. She got permission from higher ups to do a corporate prayer. Eventually, she had 150 people in the lunch room meeting to pray. The AE executives came back and asked her if she and her group would serve as a focus group to see how the Christian community would respond to certain products and services. What an incredible witness within a larger organization.
Rusty mentioned that he thought it would be an incredible testimony to have a corporate prayer, so we wrote ONE!!!
Finally, in responding to Jeffrey’s question on seeking out a Christian business networking group, Henry and William shared about the “Inklings,” a group of Christian entrepreneurs here in Northern California who would gather together to encourage each other in a positive way.
Monday video.....This is a quick one. If you don't yet know that we're a huge fan of chaplaincy here at FDE, well, you likely know now :)
Great accelerators and venture funds like YCombinator and Andreessen Horowitz are designed to solve the common problems of starting a company so the founders can focus on the core new innovation. At the earliest stage, this includes things like forming a corporation, choosing a lawyer, and getting free cloud hosting. In the first few months, founders need help prioritizing what is important, focusing on the right metrics, and preparing how to pitch to investors. Later, founders need help with recruiting, building a sales organization, introductions to large companies, etc. These are challenges that nearly every founder needs help with, and investors are uniquely positioned to provide. Organizations like YC and A16Z can build these support services and share them with hundreds of portfolio companies, giving those companies a huge advantage and higher likelihood to succeed.
However, there is another challenge that many founders face that is largely unserved by anyone: how to deal with the stress, pressure, and damage to relationships that are common for founders.
Millenials flock to Denver faster than almost every other city in the country. Colorado’s recreational culture, active lifestyle and surging downtown create a magnetic atmosphere for young people. But our new neighbors include more than hipsters in search of tech startups and fresh powder.
“Colorado is better than other places,” said Ah Hki, who moved to Colorado two years ago from a refugee camp in Thailand. “I found a great job and have a lot of work. Housing is expensive here, but the wages are higher here, too. And the weather is better.”
Each year, several thousand refugees make Colorado their home. When they do, a make-or-break factor in their acclimation is whether or not they can find good work.