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How To Be An Entrepreneurial Leader [Part I]

How To Be An Entrepreneurial Leader [Part I]

Our friends at Entrepreneurial Leaders Organization (ELO) Network share a two-part article about their namesake. In Part 1, to be an effective “entrepreneurial leader” as a believer, one must see 1) God-inspired creativity is embedded in a Christian approach and God is the “Creator” and 2) risk taking is key to innovation! Take a read as they use famous Christians like Mark Burnett, John Maxwell and others as good examples of these 2 characteristics.

Dear Son ...

Dear Son ...

A White Paper from The Christian Economic Forum

Matt Lesser shares a personal letter he received from his father to encourage him as an entrepreneur —“We have the opportunity and the responsibility to influence generations for God’s Kingdom through the marketplace. It will take concentration of effort and unified commitment to creating financial, cultural, and Kingdom returns…for such a time as this. As you embark on this journey, keep these principles at the forefront of your thinking: Vision, Impact, People, Balance, and Returns.”

The 7 Most Common Mistakes of Coaches

The 7 Most Common Mistakes of Coaches

In this post, Dr. John Ng of Eagles Leadership Institute out of Singapore discusses why coaching has become a necessary tool for managers and leaders today but how many coaches do not perform well in their roles. The reasons why range from planning to chemistry to just simply talking too much!

How to Be a Great Mentor

How to Be a Great Mentor

Rick Woolworth shares his top tips on how to be a great mentor -  1) Share your stories; 2) Mentor the whole person; 3) Introduce your mentee to your network. He also reminds us that “mentoring is not only wonderfully rewarding, it is one of the few things we do where we get better with age. By utilizing the three practices presented here … you can become a more effective mentor and have a generative impact that will be felt for years to come.”

Calling versus Business Decision

Calling versus Business Decision

“I was in search of my Calling (upper case “C”), my purpose and I was not getting any younger. I had narrowed things down to two possibilities.  I could go into vocational ministry (working for my home church in the states) or join a good friend of mine and start a business.” In this post, Rick West shares his journey to discovering his own calling and gives advice to budding entrepreneurs and Christians alike, to “skip the pros/cons list. Jump right to prayer, spend time with your spouse and find someone with some gray hair to impart truth into your life…”

The Lion's Den Impact

The Lion's Den Impact

The Lion's Den, with their conferences in Dallas and Birmingham, have been partners in the Faith Driven Entrepreneur movement for more than 5 years.  Think "Shark Tank" meets the Kingdom of God and you have a sense as to what happens at these events.  This is installment #4 of 4 highlighting their work.  This video shows how The Lion's Den DFW and our partners are helping to connect like-minded, faith driven entrepreneurs and investors.

The Heart of an Investor

The Heart of an Investor

The Lion's Den, with their conferences in Dallas and Birmingham, have been partners in the Faith Driven Entrepreneur movement for more than 5 years.  Think "Shark Tank" meets the Kingdom of God and you have a sense as to what happens at these events.  This is installment #3 of 4 highlighting their work.  This video is about walking out your faith and growing spiritually by helping and teaching others.

The 3-Sentence Email Guaranteed to get a Response

The 3-Sentence Email Guaranteed to get a Response

“When coaching new entrepreneurs and authors about strategically connecting with influencers and potential clients, I use the three-sentence rule to focus a message. I’ve used it myself, and with clients, to establish new business relationships, referrals and even coveted book endorsements. What matters is — the why, the who, and the what.”

Redemptive Entrepreneurship

Redemptive Entrepreneurship

The Lion's Den, with their conferences in Dallas and Birmingham, have been partners in the Faith Driven Entrepreneur movement for more than 5 years.  Think "Shark Tank" meets the Kingdom of God and you have a sense as to what happens at these events.  This is installment #2 of 4 highlighting their work.  This video is about building your business for God and creating a culture that is Christ based.

Preparing to Take the Leap

Preparing to Take the Leap

The Lion's Den, with their conferences in Dallas and Birmingham, have been partners in the Faith Driven Entrepreneur movement for more than 5 years.  Think "Shark Tank" meets the Kingdom of God and you have a sense as to what happens at these events.  This is installment #1 of 4 highlighting their work.  In this video, the TLD team asked some experts about helping entrepreneurs make a plan to take the leap and invest their talent in startups. 

Founder’s Manifesto

Founder’s Manifesto

This post is an example of a process you might want to go through as you’re developing in your entrepreneurship idea or project.

Patrick Lowndes’ Founder’s Manifesto serves as a great example of being rooted in scripture and purpose in beginning a new business venture. We hope you’ll take a look at his Founder’s Manifesto: the company Values and how Patrick & his co-founder intended to use them as we operated their company, VendorHawk, and be inspired to write your own.

Are Tech Wizards Revolutionizing Leadership?

Are Tech Wizards Revolutionizing Leadership?

Tech leaders have virtually unprecedented power to mold the future. The question is: how are they using it — and how will you?

In this post, James Kelly of FaithTech encourages leaders with the reminder of where some of today’s great technology leaders came from. He even reminds us of King David, a man after God’s own heart, who led from a place of faith to influence the world. We are reminded to pray for the influential leaders and realizetechnology provides incredible opportunities to change minds, to change hearts, and to change the world — if leaders seize it.”

Can Money Buy Happiness?

Can Money Buy Happiness?

Money is something that every entrepreneur will struggle with. We know that God tells us that we can’t worship both Him and Mammon. In addition to the eternal truth that we see in the Bible, there is some great research on money that can help us understand the dynamic that money plays in our lives. Which makes people happier - purchasing material items or experiential purchases? Bill High shares some research to help us answer that question, “Can Money Buy Happiness?”, once and for all.

The Dangers of Globalism

The Dangers of Globalism

Article originally hosted and shared with permission by The Christian Economic Forum, a global network of leaders who join together to collaborate and introduce strategic ideas for the spread of God’s economic principles and the goodness of Jesus Christ. This article was from a collection of whitepapers compiled for attendees of the CEF’s 2018 Global Event.

In this whitepaper, Jeff Holler shares about Globalism and it’s affect on the world. He also cautions against globalism due to consolidation of power politically and economically, the loss of freedoms we are beginning to experience because the process of globalism, and diminishing individual responsibility, work ethic, and human dignity. Read on to see if you agree or disagree and share your comments.

Africa's Calling

Africa's Calling

Huge opportunity for impact… How can faith driven entrepreneurs can get involved in supporting entrepreneurship in Africa.

Karibu Nyaggah

When I was a child, I emigrated to the US from Africa with my family and never looked back. When I finally did go back in college, a deep desire was planted, growing stronger with each subsequent trip, to use my position of privilege and the skills I had gained to make an impact on the continent. On one such trip to my native homeland of Kenya, I met Courtney Rountree, one of my co-founders at Sinapis, and we began discussing the pressing problems we were seeing in front of us and how we could leverage the power of business to create positive economic and social impact. Although we did not know it at the time, Africa was truly on the cusp.

Indeed, its coming ascendance is well researched. In June 2010, McKinsey released a seminal report on Africa that projected by 2020, Africa’s GDP would reach $2.6 trillion, up $1 trillion from 2008. With increasing urbanization, Africa’s labor force is projected to reach 1.1 billion by 2040, overtaking China and India. By 2020…

George Washington Carver, a Faith Driven Entrepreneur

Born in 1864, George Washington Carver was a son of a slave but was given the opportunity to study and become a scientist. He would begin each day and ask God to reveal secrets to him about plants and vegetables. It is reported that once Carver prayed, “Mr. Creator, show me the secrets of your universe.” “Little man, you’re not big enough to know the secrets of My universe, but I’ll show you the secret of the peanut,” was the reply. When he went to his lab, God downloaded to him over 300 uses of the peanut including various kinds of foods, oil, paint, ink, soap, shampoo, facial cream, plastics, and many other products.

A Well-Lit Pathway Out of Poverty

A Well-Lit Pathway Out of Poverty

Brian Rants never thought his contribution to the world would be a $15 lamp. But for schoolchildren in Swaziland and earthquake survivors in Haiti, these solar lamps have made all the difference. Rants's Denver-based company—Nokero, short for "no kerosene"—have allowed African students to read at night and increased safety for Haitian families living in tent cities. As vice president of marketing, Rants's job is to get these lamps into the hands of millions of families in the developing world.