Practical Advice

A Rule of Life for Redemptive Entrepreneurs

A Rule of Life for Redemptive Entrepreneurs

Andy Crouch from Praxis was a guest on this week's podcast and shared about the powerful book they released called “A Rule of Life." At FDE, we believe it’s one of those essential pieces of reading for entrepreneurs and others called to leadership.

The Owners' Guidebook to hiring your best people

The Owners' Guidebook to hiring your best people

Do you often find yourself at a crossroads- trying to decide whether to hire a candidate from within or look to the outside? Do you have an effective candidate screening processes? The C12 Group shares their FREE guide and work toward a 90% hiring success rate!

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.

Podcast Episode 41 - How to slay a dragon: Peter Greer, CEO of Hope International

Podcast Episode 41 - How to slay a dragon: Peter Greer, CEO of Hope International

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In this week’s episode, we’re talking to Henry’s long-time friend Peter Greer, President and CEO of Hope International, a leading provider of microfinancing for underserved communities around the globe. Peter helps us understand the multi-faceted aspects of poverty, that it’s about more than simply the lack of resources.

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.”

Podcast Episode 36 - Living in a material world: Mailbag questions answered.

Podcast Episode 36 - Living in a material world: Mailbag questions answered.

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In this week’s podcast, the team answers a few of your questions around profit making and taking as well as consumerism. One Bay Area listener shares his struggles with being in what he believes is a money-driven industry. 

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.”

Podcast Episode 35 - God Loves Idiots too: John Marsh of Marsh Collective

Podcast Episode 35 - God Loves Idiots too: John Marsh of Marsh Collective

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The team sits down with John Marsh of Marsh Collective, of Opelika, Alabama to discuss storytelling, what it’s like to run 10+ businesses (the collective part of Marsh Collective) and how to be the steward of 10 square city blocks for the glory of God and Kingdom while being totally unqualified to do so.

Podcast Episode 34 - How We Abuse Our Money and Time

Podcast Episode 34 - How We Abuse Our Money and Time

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This week we get into Part Two of the Lightning Round episode, fielding your questions.  Henry, Rusty, and William tackle two really important questions for the faith driven entrepreneur: how we handle our resource of money and time.

Podcast Episode 33 - Keeping the Church Relevant to the Entrepreneur's Life: Part 2 with Chip Ingram (CEO of Living on the Edge)

Podcast Episode 33 - Keeping the Church Relevant to the Entrepreneur's Life: Part 2 with Chip Ingram (CEO of Living on the Edge)

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In Part Two with Chip Ingram, CEO of Living on the Edge, we continue the discussion on faith and entrepreneurship from this Pastor to Entrepreneurs. Topics include ways on keeping church relevant to the entrepreneur's life, to how to handle failures and ways to handle power and influence righteously.

Podcast Episode 32 - Pastoring in Silicon Valley: Interview with Chip Ingram (Senior Pastor of Venture Christian Church)

Podcast Episode 32 - Pastoring in Silicon Valley: Interview with Chip Ingram (Senior Pastor of Venture Christian Church)

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In Part One with Chip Ingram, Senior Pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, CA, Henry has Chip walk through his experience pastoring many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

Friends Don't Let Friends Sell Businesses

Friends Don't Let Friends Sell Businesses

“We are heading into the season where many business sales are going to wrap up and close before year-end.  Typically, there are lots of good reasons to close a deal before year-end.” But there’s much more to it.

In this post, Bill High reminds leaders of the pros and cons of a business sale. He highlights a great opportunity during this process “If an owner donates some of his or her ownership interest prior to the sale, they can deduct the fair market value of the shares donated. Taxes go down. Giving goes up.” The key is in planning ahead!

Andy Stanley's podcast with Dave Katz

Andy Stanley's podcast with Dave Katz

This interview with Andy Stanley, founding pastor of North Point Community Church, and Coke Consolidated’s CFO, Dave Katz is one you definitely don’t want to miss! Take a listen and discover great tips from Dean on “accelerating culture” in your business.

Podcast Episode 31 - Interview with David Brickner (Executive Director of Jews for Jesus)

Podcast Episode 31 - Interview with David Brickner (Executive Director of Jews for Jesus)

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David Brickner, Executive Director of Jews for Jesus, spends time with the team in this week’s podcast. He gives perspective on the tragic events in Pittsburgh and shares a bit on how people of the faith can best share the gospel with Jewish neighbors through relationship building and honoring the common elements between Judaism and Christianity.

Discerning Your Calling

Discerning Your Calling

There is an unbiblical theme permeating the Church today which elevates the callings of pastors and “full-time missionaries” above “secular” vocations. If you’re an entrepreneur, photographer, artist, salesperson, doctor, musician, lawyer, or janitor, you have likely sensed this often unspoken hierarchy of callings.

But… The highest calling on your life isn’t necessarily being a pastor or missionary; it’s glorifying God and serving others in whatever work God has called you to do. “Calling” is one of the most confusing ideas in the Christian life. How can your work feel like a vocation—a true calling on your life? What does the Bible have to say about the work God has uniquely equipped you to do? What are the best questions to ask when discerning your calling? Read more to find out…

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.

Podcast Episode 29 - Hunger for Authenticity in a Post Christian Era: Part 2 with Mike Sharrow (CEO of C12)

Podcast Episode 29 - Hunger for Authenticity in a Post Christian Era: Part 2 with Mike Sharrow (CEO of C12)

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Mike Sharrow is back for Part 2 of our interview. As you likely gathered from Part 1, Mike leads C12 one of the largest and most successful organizations that put together groups of like minded, and similarly staged groups of Christian CEOs for local community, fellowship and best practices. Think about all the things you've heard about YPO, but imagine something better :). If you're only going to listen to one of the parts of the interview (but why would you??) , listen to this one.

Entrepreneurship Meets Scripture Journal-ling

Entrepreneurship Meets Scripture Journal-ling

The ThredJournal is tool to implement a unique method for journal-ling, especially with a partner or group. And it’s a great tool for Faith driven entrepreneurs! Check out the video on this post to learn more about the ThredJournal and how you can grow in your relationship with Christ using the method or the ThredJournal!

Podcast Episode 28 -Resurgence of Faith in the Marketplace: Interview with Mike Sharrow (CEO of C12)

Podcast Episode 28 -Resurgence of Faith in the Marketplace: Interview with Mike Sharrow (CEO of C12)

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The first of two parts, this week’s episode finds the team speaking with Mike Sharrow, President and CEO of C12, an organization that provides a confidential and intimate environment where like-minded peers share ideas, discover and plan for areas in their business that need improvement, hold each other accountable, and encourage one another to conduct business in a God-honoring way.