Adam Metcalf reflects on the early years of ZeeMee where he was consumed with self-centered prayer. “I was praying constantly for the success of ZeeMee and for our investors to have a great return. Don’t get me wrong, these aren’t bad things to pray for! They just aren’t the best things.”
It’s hard to see a bright economic future for Illinois, at least before a serious reckoning. With already so many people are leaving (more than 45,000 in 2018 alone), the trend has been named the “Illinois Exodus.” That means fewer taxpayers to share the burden, which likely leads to higher taxes, which likely leads to more departures.
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?
A White Paper from The Christian Economic Forum —
“I am increasingly convinced, however, that we have missed an important foundation of healthy culture and effective leadership. Emotional health is not a popular or familiar topic. These issues cannot be fully resolved by the human resources department of a company. They also cannot be fully addressed through a Corporate Chaplain program. Professional counseling or therapy is needed for individuals to be equipped with the appropriate tools, awareness, and resources.”
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.
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.”
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:
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.