Communication

Getting Our Story Straight

Getting Our Story Straight

Adapted from Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn’t the American Dream by Brian Fikkert and Kelly Kapic —aiming to expose the misconceptions of both Western Civilization and the Western church about the nature of God, human beings, and the world, they redefine success and offer new ways of achieving that success.

Ask Big Things of God for the Right Reason

Ask Big Things of God for the Right Reason

Who wins when I ask for big things? I have thought it was me, of course. Recently, however, I have been seeing a different dynamic at work when looking at three passages that follow each other in the book of John.

A Circle of Instigators

A Circle of Instigators

Some of us have heard of the powerful groups of friends like The Clapham Sect or perhaps the Inklings. Inventive friendship can be an extension of entrepreneurial calling & at their best, these inventive friendships are part of the redemptive fabric of faith in Jesus.

Iron Sharpens Iron

Iron Sharpens Iron

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Prov. 27:17) — Friendship, especially biblical friendship, often demands more from you than you originally intended to give. Being close friends with another person takes commitment, accountability, trust, and a willingness to be vulnerable

A Spiritual Forecast

A Spiritual Forecast

Greg Leith, CEO & Board Member of Convene shares that “the spiritual forecast for our world is rather cloudy. Yet, regardless of the leader of your country, you’re still a leader in your company. The spiritual forecast for the world depends on you, and it starts in your business.”

The Spiritually Healthy Leader: Confronting Unwanted Sexual Behavior

The Spiritually Healthy Leader: Confronting Unwanted Sexual Behavior

Jay Stringer, a licensed mental health counselor, ordained minister, and author of "Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing", joins Greg Leith of Convene to discuss a topic that few dare to touch. How does the power of a leader infused with their sexual brokenness impact their lives and the lives of those that they lead?

The Millennial Entrepreneur

The Millennial Entrepreneur

Originally published by FORBES — The Millennials, who were born into the age of information, have been described as lazy, narcissistic, entitled and unable to stay in one job, but also as the most purpose-driven and potentially the most entrepreneurial of all previous generations. Why?

Building Relationships in Love

Building Relationships in Love

We are honored to share an excerpt from Mark Greene’s classic “Thank God It's Monday” which is celebrating 25 years in print. A big thanks to Christian publisher Muddy Pearl based in Edinburgh! Read more here…

Podcast Episode 42: Fighting for the Highest Possible Good: Steve Cochram and Jeremie Kubicek of 5 Voices Systems/GiANT Worldwide

Podcast Episode 42: Fighting for the Highest Possible Good: Steve Cochram and Jeremie Kubicek of 5 Voices Systems/GiANT Worldwide

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Steve Cochram and Jeremie Kubicek of 5 Voices Systems, a leadership assessment tool that helps you define, understand and leverage your communication style for optimal influence joins the FDE team this week.

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.”

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.”

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.

Podcast Episode 30 - Godly Contentment Meets the Discontentment of the Entrepreneur

Podcast Episode 30 - Godly Contentment Meets the Discontentment of the Entrepreneur

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This week’s episode finds Henry, Rusty and William fielding more questions from listeners in Part One of Lightning Round. The team tackles the question around how to balance godly contentment with the discontentment with the status quo that is the fuel of much entrepreneurship.

How a Corporate Roadmap Creates Unity for a Company

How a Corporate Roadmap Creates Unity for a Company

The first time I encountered a corporate single-page Roadmap was I believe in 1996 when I’d been transferred to Pizza Hut from Frito-Lay and David Novak had his CEO role expanded from just running Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) to also helming Pizza Hut.  David, and his Chief HR Officer, Gregg Dedrick believed in transparency and alignment so much that they rolled out to the organization a single page Roadmap that captured the business vision, objectives, challenges, goals and values/principles.

What you will see attached is not much different than that first Roadmap I saw, except that the first one from David was handwritten.  Yes, handwritten, by David himself. Three years later he was still handwriting them once a year, but now in the Annual Shareholder Report for Tricon Restaurants (later to change their name to Yum! Brands), the newly spun out public company spun out of PepsiCo.

…The Roadmap serves as a great communication tool for all constituents of the company (customers, shareholders, analysts, recruits, etc.) So, after a lot of work by the team, we created and rolled out our Annual Roadmaps…

Podcast Episode 24 - Interview with Nancy Duarte

Podcast Episode 24 - Interview with Nancy Duarte

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This is a special episode for us. One, we think, definitely worth hearing. Why? Well there are few things more important in our lives than effective story telling.

There are few better people (maybe no one??) that do a better job at helping people tell their stories than Nancy Duarte from Duarte Design. They help CEOs of Fortune 100 companies tell their stories, and maybe something more impressive: they are the “go-to” firm to help TED presenters tell their stories well.

Where are You Spreading the Dirt?

Where are You Spreading the Dirt?

If you spend any time browsing through the titles of Tim Keller's sermons, you'd think that he rarely talks about faith in the workplace.  However, spend some time listening to his sermons (on the Gospel in Life podcast among other sources) and you'll find that he talks about faith and work quite a bit.  His sermon, "A World of Idols" is a great example of this.

Redeeming the Cell Phone

Redeeming the Cell Phone

I was at the Praxis Redemptive Entrepreneurship Summit last week in New York.  I was so impressed with the incredible group of people that Dave, Josh and the team were able to put together in one room.....it was a great privilege to be with them.  The theme, as you might imagine, was about redemption.  There was talk about redeeming all aspects of the entrepreneurial process...even some jokes about what a redemptive email might look like, or how we might redeem the cheeseburger (at one of the breaks we had some incredibly delicious cheese burgers made from a new vegetable product.....really good, but I'm not sure that the cheeseburger is in need of redemption :).)