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Faithful Founder (2 of 3): Employees, Investors, Customers & Prayer

Faithful Founder (2 of 3): Employees, Investors, Customers & Prayer

“In part one of this series, I focused on the foundations and motivations of being a faithful founder. In this post, I will unpack how those things are put on display throughout the workday. They are how to be an integrated person, having a bedrock of prayer, pastoring diverse employees, serving customers with great experiences, and relating to investors in new ways.”

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.”

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.

The Power of Questions

The Power of Questions

Brandon Napoli explores the value of questions in our life. He dives deep into how they influence the choices we make and help others to make. Finally he reminds us that God is okay with us asking questions, in fact He wants us to. Maybe one of the 22 suggested daily questions will also help you to grow in your faith or calling…

Following Jesus = Saying Less in Business

Following Jesus = Saying Less in Business

Seeking God first in business with spiritual disciplines of prayer and fasting, daily scripture reading, and regular fellowship will always yield the best results. Ryan Derfler shares how he discovered that these disciplines help him to succeed in his business by talking less, trusting God for results, avoiding exaggeration, and waiting for God’s prompting of his next moves.

Purposed worKING

Purposed worKING

Many of you know Rusty Rueff as a co-host of the Faith Driven Entrepreneur Podcast. We’re approaching 25 episodes together! 25 seems like a decent amount, until you realize that Rusty is now on to DAY 2519 of his daily devotional on faith in the workplace. That’s more than 2,500 entries. Here’s one from last week that I liked alot (I actually like all of them). I hope you’ll enjoy it too, and look to subscribe.

“When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.”

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.

Podcast Episode 16 - Lightning Round

In this episode ...

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... 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.

Take a look at other sample Roadmaps provided by Rusty.

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. 

Does your Company Have it's Own Prayer?

Does your Company Have it's Own Prayer?

I went to an all boys Jesuit prep school in Baltimore and have said a fair amount  of "Our Fathers" and "Hail Marys" in both English and Latin to be suspect of scripted prayers.  But when William came to the team and suggested that we have a "Sovereign's Capital Prayer," I was open to it, and then when I read and prayed it, I was hooked. 

What Magnum P.I. taught me about Culture

What Magnum P.I. taught me about Culture

When it comes to a laid back, yet exciting culture,  it was hard to beat Magnum P.I. (Private Investigator). Not only did he kick it on the 200 acre beachfront estate in Hawaii, known as the Robin’s Nest, he drove around a Ferrari, fought crime with one of the most manly staches you have ever laid eyes on and had a fridge that had a seemingly endless supply of beer. He was one cool dude. But a laid back, exciting culture doesn’t really amount to much unless it is accompanied with prayer and intentionality. That is what “P.I.” should represent for any faith-driven entrepreneur.