Leadership

Commander's Intent

Commander's Intent

This article was originally presented at the Christian Economic Forum 2019. “Few organizations achieve goals in the face of uncertainty like the US military. There are many reasons for this, but one input often credited with enabling the necessary, singular focus during military operations is the “commander’s intent.”"

Podcast Episode 76 - Are Christians Called to Comfort? With Super Bowl Winner and CEO of Movement Mortgage, Casey Crawford

Podcast Episode 76 - Are Christians Called to Comfort? With Super Bowl Winner and CEO of Movement Mortgage, Casey Crawford

Today we’re talking to Casey Crawford. Casey is an Entrepreneur that left the NFL with a Super Bowl Ring and then started a company, Movement Mortgage—a Billion dollar business that Inc and several others have recognized. They’ve been known for their business, their community impact, and their ability to create a company that people want to work for. As Casey shared with us, creating a company is far from a comfortable experience. Entrepreneurs, of course, know what it’s like to be uncomfortable. Yet, there’s something in modern/Western Christianity that expects comfort. We often act as though God has called us to a life of comfort and ease, not one of stress and sacrifice. But as Casey points out, Jesus didn’t exactly live an easy life! And this is just one way he gave us a great perspective alongside a paradigm shift in this podcast episode. Listen in to hear more...

Podcast Episode 74 - The Investor as a Servant Leader with Frank Chen of Andreessen Horowitz

Podcast Episode 74 - The Investor as a Servant Leader with Frank Chen of Andreessen Horowitz

Our friend Frank Chen is the final guest in this 4-part series on the Faith Driven Investor. And he stopped by to talk about how he’s helping entrepreneurs change the World at the Silicon Valley Venture powerhouse of Andreessen Horowitz. As Frank describes it they are “helping entrepreneurs build software companies that are eating the world.” Curious to find out what that might look like? Tune in today...

Podcast Episode 73 - Image Management: Growing Through Failure with Nathan Sheets of Nature Nate's

Podcast Episode 73 - Image Management: Growing Through Failure with Nathan Sheets of Nature Nate's

We’ve got a good one for you today. Nathan Sheets is CEO of Nature Nate’s Honey, and he was also involved with I Am Second, and E3, and you’ll hear a bit of all of those stories. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. When we sat down to talk to Nathan, we had no idea how deep he was going to take us. Right away, he opened up about the ups and downs he has gone through with a level of candor that we couldn’t even believe. If you’re looking for what life as an entrepreneur looks like—and we mean, really looks like—Nathan Sheets has a no holds barred take on the entrepreneurial journey.

We Make Most Decisions Emotionally

We Make Most Decisions Emotionally

An article from Eagle Venture Fund looking at the questions of decision making like “Why is do so many business opportunities fail? There must be some way to predict which opportunities will succeed and which ones will fail, right?”

Podcast Episode 71 - Letting Trust Drive Business with Don Flow of Flow Automotive

Podcast Episode 71 - Letting Trust Drive Business with Don Flow of Flow Automotive

Today’s show takes us to North Carolina to hear from Don Flow, the visionary business leader of Flow Automotive, which has over 30 dealerships and 1,500 employees. He’s been widely recognized in the Faith Driven Entrepreneur community as an entrepreneur who thinks deeply about the redemptive opportunities for every part of the business—and our conversation only confirmed this reputation! We could go on and on about the things we loved from this conversation, but we think it’s best you listen for yourself. Enjoy!

Podcast Episode 69 - "One Million Followers Wasn’t in My Obituary" with Sanyin Siang of The Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics

Podcast Episode 69 - "One Million Followers Wasn’t in My Obituary" with Sanyin Siang of The Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics

We are so excited to get to share today’s interview with Sanyin Siang. She is the executive director of The Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics, and in addition to sharing what makes Coach K such an excellent coach and leader (hint: it has to do with enabling greatness instead of chasing it), she also told us why having 1 million followers on LinkedIn isn’t the thing she wants to be remembered for. It was so encouraging to hear her share how her identity and value is found first and foremost in what God says is true of her—that she is a beloved child of God. We think her energy and passion is contagious and hope you get a chance to listen in!

Leaders - Stewards or Owners?

Leaders - Stewards or Owners?

Cheryl Bachelder, former CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. and author of Dare To Serve, shares her thoughts on ownership mentality vs. a stewardship mindset. “What has been entrusted to your care? Are your actions carefully and responsibly stewarding these resources?”

Stop Praying for your Business to Succeed

Stop Praying for your Business to Succeed

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.”

Podcast Episode 67 - Stewarding the Journey of an Accidental Entrepreneur with Mark McClain, CEO and Co-founder of SailPoint (NYSE: SAIL)

Podcast Episode 67 - Stewarding the Journey of an Accidental Entrepreneur with Mark McClain, CEO and Co-founder of SailPoint (NYSE: SAIL)

Today we’re just outside of Austin, Texas connecting with Mark McLain. Mark likes to refer to himself as an accidental entrepreneur. He didn’t grow up as the lemonade stand kid but has since gone on to start two different companies. Today, he leads SailPoint, an identity management business started in 2005, that is publicly traded with a market cap around $2 Billion and 1,200 team members across 33 different companies. Mark shares his powerful story of being an “Accidental Entrepreneur” and how that path is more common than we think.

Podcast Episode 66 - The Faith Driven Investor with Henry Kaestner and Aimee Minnich

Podcast Episode 66 - The Faith Driven Investor with Henry Kaestner and Aimee Minnich

Today’s episode marks the start of something new. We’re launching a brand new website and podcast for the Faith Driven Investor. This episode, and the entire Faith Driven Investor podcast series, is for fund managers, investors, business owners and pastors who believe that God owns it all and who care deeply about how we steward our investments for financial return and gospel-centered transformation. Listen in to hear Henry Kaestner and Aimee Minnich share what God has been doing in this movement and what’s to come.

Can leadership change the world?

Can leadership change the world?

To be sure, leadership learning or ideation sparks new companies and new corporate direction, and yet, at the end of the day, it’s people that have eternal value and meaning to God. People don’t just want money for their day at your workplace, they want meaning.

Podcast Episode 64 - God of the Second Shift with Jeff Haanen from the Denver Institute of Faith and Work

Podcast Episode 64 - God of the Second Shift with Jeff Haanen from the Denver Institute of Faith and Work

Join William and Henry in the Mile-High city as they talk to Jeff Haanen from the Denver Institute for Faith and Work. His article, God of the Second Shift, made waves in the faith and work world, and we’re excited to have him on our podcast today to talk more about how we can move this conversation around theology and business from the corner office to the manufacturing floor. Tune in to hear what Jeff has to share about what a theology of work means for those in the working class.

From Script to Improv

From Script to Improv

Praxis is always looking for models, both in the present and in the Christian tradition, of entrepreneurs who clearly lived out a redemptive story. And for a model of a redemptive entrepreneur from the New Testament itself — maybe the whole Bible — it’s hard to beat the Apostle Paul.

Podcast Episode 61 - The Scoreboard of the Monday Church with Tom Nelson of Made to Flourish

Podcast Episode 61 - The Scoreboard of the Monday Church with Tom Nelson of Made to Flourish

Today, we’re in Kansas City with Tom Nelson. Tom is the visionary pastor of a multi-site church called Christ Community, and he’s been widely recognized in the Faith Driven Entrepreneur community for his book, Work Matters. He also serves on the board of The Gospel Coalition and is President of Made to Flourish—a network of pastors trying to establish what it looks like to be a Monday church. What we love about Tom, and why we had him on today, is that he is working on a replicable model for what it looks like for the average church to affirm and encourage entrepreneurs. Join Henry, William, and Rusty to hear how Tom’s work could affect the way you worship, the way you work, and even the way you live.

Podcast Episode 59 - Saying No to Sam Walton and other Entrepreneurial Stories with Drayton McLane of the Houston Astros

Podcast Episode 59 - Saying No to Sam Walton and other Entrepreneurial Stories with  Drayton McLane of the Houston Astros

Today we learned that Sam Walton was persistent (very persistent), that you don’t have to know a lot about baseball to successfully own a Major League Baseball team, and that stories are best told by the one who have lived them. And that’s exactly who Drayton McLane is—a serial entrepreneur with a knack for storytelling. Pull up a chair, get comfortable, and prepare to hear story after story of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur for over half a century.

Podcast Episode 56 - The Entrepreneurial Journey of the Museum of the Bible to the US Capitol: Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby

Podcast Episode 56 - The Entrepreneurial Journey of the Museum of the Bible to the US Capitol: Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby

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In this episode we’re on the road in Oklahoma City, connecting with Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby. He shares with us the story behind the Museum of the Bible—a 430,000-square-foot museum just three blocks from the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Hear what brought about this world class exhibit, as well as the entrepreneurial lessons Steve learned along the way.

Don't Blame the Devil -- Lead!

Don't Blame the Devil -- Lead!

Let’s not let our identity or vision be an excuse for bad leadership, but rather the fuel and motivator for great leadership.  One of my agendas in the work I do, frankly, is to redeem the brand dignity of “Christian business leadership” to be associated with the very highest standards in society

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.”

Episode 50 - Doing Good by Gaming the System – Yu-Kai Chou, Pioneer of Gamification and Creator of Octalysis Prime Framework

Episode 50 - Doing Good by Gaming the System – Yu-Kai Chou, Pioneer of Gamification and Creator of Octalysis Prime Framework

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Today we’re talking with one of the pioneers of Gamification, Yu-Kai Chou, author of the book Actionable Gamification and creator of the Octalysis Framework which encompasses 8 core drives of motivation that govern human behavior. He's a speaker on gamification and behavioral design at places like TED, South by Southwest, Google, Stanford and consulted with governments like UK, Singapore and South Korea. His work has affected over 1 Billion users experiences across the world.