Use the Gifts and Talents of your Team – Biblical Principles on​ which to build a business

Business leaders often wonder where they can find the best business advice and counsel in order to build their business. Although good business counsel can be found in a plethora of books, there is only one book that contains all of the best business secrets that business leaders need to know to build a successful business and life. That sacred book is the Bible. I have studied the Bible for years and have often read the words for encouragement, consolation, improvement, and inspiration. I have also found that it contains the best principles in order to build a successful business.

Biblical Principles to Build a Successful Business

A fundamental principle that is helpful in business is Ephesians 2:10 which states, “You are God’s workmanship who has been created to do good works that God has prepared in advance.” The power of this principle is both profound and amazing. This verse reminds the Christian business leader that they have been formed with a purpose. In fact, not only have they been formed with a purpose, every person on their team has been formed with a purpose.

Discover the Gifts and Talents of Your Team:

Understanding God’s Workmanship

Every person is uniquely equipped for a purpose. Every person in our organization has been given gifts, talents, and experiences that are designed to help achieve success and breakthroughs. Smart companies understand how to get their people to use their talents for the best interest of their employee and the best interest of the company. Companies that neglect to explore the talent pool of their existing team miss an opportunity for advancement. When a company gets better at utilizing the talents of their team, the company gets better.

Experience Question: Do I know each of the talents and gifts of my team and understand how to utilize them for maximum impact?

Appreciating Your Good Works.

John Maxwell states that talent is not enough. He is right. Having a gift is no good unless it is grown and used. The power of this principles is that every person has specific good works to perform. Every person can and should contribute. Every employee matters. Too many people think that they should get credit for showing up. It is only when good works are done that the leader can hear well done their works.

It is only when good works are done that the leader can hear well done for their works.

Experience Question: What are best “good works” that each of your key leaders has contributed to your company this year?

Learning to follow God’s Will

Now here the best part. God has prepared these good works in advance. God already knows our potential. He has created each of us to do something great and is a loving Father who is standing on the sideline cheering us on to do those things that he put in us to fulfill. This principle reminds us that we have greatness in our grasp. God wants us to see the goodness in each of our people and push them to do things that they are not sure that they can do.

Experience Question: Do you believe that you have greatness in your grasp?

Exploring and using the talents of our teams is the secret to the most efficient and powerful companies. The solution to our problems is not something that is beyond our reach, but rather they are within our organization. Explore the talents and gifts of your team and begin to put them to work and see a transformation and creative ideas begin to flow. Apply the biblical principle of using your gifts and the gifts of your team.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Ken Gosnell is the “go” leader. He serves leaders by helping them to have great experiences that both transform them and their organizations that enable to go further faster. He has worked with hundreds of CEOS and their leadership teams to enhance their strategic, operational and people accomplishments. He is an author, coach, and strategic partner with CEOs. He is married to Shonda, and they have four children. You can connect with him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kengosnell/

He has also created the CEO Experience Impact Assessment. This assessment helps leaders learn the areas of their leader that they must improve to go forward. Get your score by taking the assessment here.

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Build on Solid Ground – Biblical Principles to build a Business

Business leaders often wonder where they can find the best business advice and counsel in order to build their business. Although good business counsel can be found in a plethora of books, there is only one book that contains all of the best business secrets that business leaders need to know to build a successful business and life. That sacred book is the Bible. I have studied the Bible for years and have often read the words for encouragement, consolation, improvement, and inspiration. I have also found that it contains the best principles in order to build a successful business.

Biblical Principles to Build a Successful Business

A key to building a great business is acting with integrity. Integrity means doing the right thing in all situations at all times. Martin Luther King Jr. taught that “The time is always right to do what is right.” He might have taken his inspiration from the words of Proverbs 4:25-27 where the Bible teaches, “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.  26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.  27 Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” Businesses that are built on integrity are built on the solid foundation to last generations. Businesses that lack integrity are on a slippery ground that can crumble at any time.

Integrity is a Solid Foundation on which to Build a Business

1. Businesses with high integrity are built on a solid foundation.

People like doing business with businesses that they can Trust. Employees like following leaders that they can believe in and follow. A solid foundation in business is essential for long-term success. Employees must act with integrity and always do what is in the best interest of the business that they serve. Leaders should lead in such a way that it inspires their teams because they are leading with compassion and honesty. Proverbs 11:3 states, “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”

Experience Question: When are you most tempted to compromise your integrity in making decisions in the business?

2. Businesses with high integrity are led by solid fundamentals.

Having good values in business is a key to building a successful organization. Having a good sense of values will help the leader and everyone throughout the organization to make better decisions. Staying true to the core values of the organization will help the organization, and its people remain true to founder’s purpose. Every company should measure their success on the fundamentals of their values.

Experience Question: Would you say that all of your employees act in alignment with the core values of the organization?

3. Businesses with high integrity are equipped with solid facts.

Integrity means that we know the truth and we act accordingly. High integrity leaders are not afraid of the truth, but rather allow the truth to guide decisions and outcomes. Businesses with high integrity act with truthfulness in all of their interactions. Leaders are called to see and know what is really happening in the business. Aloof leaders or leaders that turn their head to avoid knowing what is really happening with the products, the employees or the customers will never end up building a successful company.

Experience Question: How do you elevate truthfulness in your business?

Jesus told a business parable to his followers. The is true for both life and business. In Matthew 7:24-25 Jesus taught, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” The question for every leader to examine is what foundation are you building your business on? Only businesses that are built on a solid foundation will stand the test of time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Ken Gosnell is the “go” leader. He serves leaders by helping them to have great experiences that both transform them and their organizations that enable to go further faster. He has worked with hundreds of CEOS and their leadership teams to enhance their strategic, operational and people accomplishments. He is an author, coach, and strategic partner with CEOs. He is married to Shonda, and they have four children. You can connect with him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kengosnell/

He has also created the CEO Experience Impact Assessment. This assessment helps leaders learn the areas of their leader that they must improve to go forward. Get your score by taking the assessment here.

Listen to Many Advisors – Biblical Principles on which to build a Business

Business leaders often wonder where they can find the best business advice and counsel in order to build their business. Although good business counsel can be found in a plethora of books, there is only one book that contains all of the best business secrets that business leaders need to know to build a successful business and life. That sacred book is the Bible. I have studied the Bible for years and have often read the words for encouragement, consolation, improvement, and inspiration. I have also found that it contains the best principles in order to build a successful business.

Biblical Principles to Build a Successful Business

Proverbs 15:22 states, “Where there are many advisors, there is much success.” The wisdom of others can be powerful. Every great leader in the Bible had at least one advisor. However, many business leaders try to do things all on their own. In fact, it is often said that it is lonely at the top. It is only lonely at the top if you are doing it wrong. Christian leaders believe in the power of others.

The Power of the Other

1. When Leaders listen to the counsel of others, they are enabled to make better decisions.

Every leader needs to have other question their decisions. Leaders make a multitude of decisions, and many leaders end up making many bad decisions. A fundamental truth is that when leaders make better decisions, their companies get better. If one person is making all the decisions, then the organization will be hindered by the limits of one’s thinking.

Experience Question: Whom do you have in your life that helps you make good decisions?

2. When Leaders listen to the counsel of others, they are equipped to avoid mistakes.

The wisdom of others can save a leader years of heartache and pain. A group of people has a group of experiences and mistakes to learn from. When we learn from others, we don’t have to repeat the same mistake. Eleanor Roosevelt once quipped that we should “learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” There is an old proverb that states, “By others faults the wise correct their own.” Indeed, the best leaders learn from the mistakes of others.

Experience Question: Whose failures and mistakes are you learning from so that you do not have to repeat those same mistakes?

3. When Leaders listen to the counsel of others, they are empowered to think bigger and differently.

Other people can inspire the leader to see and think differently. Dr. Henry Cloud has written a tremendous book entitled “The Power of the Other.” In the book, he states, “Part of what it takes to keep your head on straight and your soul in shape is the power of the other. It’s about connection.” Proverbs 24:6 states “For by wise guidance you can wage your war, and abundance of counselors there is .” Success expert Jim Rohn often taught that “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Others are critical to the success and the victory of the leaders.

Experience Question: Whom do you have in your life that is challenging your thinking or who brings you new ideas?

Businesses fail when they are based on only one person or one idea. A multitude of people with a variety of ideas will bring success. This is a good business principle, and it is a good biblical principle. Remember, “where there a multitude of counselors there is much success.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Ken Gosnell is the “go” leader. He serves leaders by helping them to have great experiences that both transform them and their organizations that enable to go further faster. He has worked with hundreds of CEOS and their leadership teams to enhance their strategic, operational and people accomplishments. He is an author, coach, and strategic partner with CEOs. He is married to Shonda, and they have four children. You can connect with him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kengosnell/

He has also created the CEO Experience Impact Assessment. This assessment helps leaders learn the areas of their leader that they must improve to go forward. Get your score by taking the assessment here.

Profits With A Purpose – Biblical Principles to Build a Business

Business leaders often wonder where they can find the best business advice and counsel in order to build their business. Although good business counsel can be found in a plethora of books, there is only one book that contains all of the best business secrets that business leaders need to know to build a successful business and life. That sacred book is the Bible. I have studied the Bible for years and have often read the words for encouragement, consolation, improvement, and inspiration. I have also found that it contains the best principles in order to build a successful business.

Biblical Principles to Build a Successful Business

Every successful business creates profits. It is often quoted in business circles that you really don’t have a business until you have a profit. In fact, every business has been created and designed to create a profit. But Christian leaders understand that the wrong profit can be damaging. A biblical principle that Christian leaders must follow is to build businesses that have a profit with a purpose. Jesus asked his followers in Mark 8:36 “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” This verse teaches a powerful principle that every Christian leader should follow.

The Importance of Profitability

1. God is concerned about good Profitability.

Jesus starts with the fact about what is good and profitable. Jesus does not want his disciples to waste their time on things or actions that have no purpose or use. Godly things grow, and sometimes they can grow exponentially. I often remind Christian business owners that God did not give them their business as a punishment but rather as a tool to gain profitability with a purpose. Many Christian CEOs run from profitability and feel as if making money is bad.

Experience Question: How do you feel about profitability in your company? Do you believe that God has given you that company to do things for good?

2. God is concerned about good Priorities.

Jesus points his disciples to what is good. God does not want the business leader to miss the most important point of our life and our work. He asked a very powerful question about gaining the whole world. God is not against gaining the whole world, but He is against it if we sacrifice the most important things for things that are not as important. This verse is about right priorities. Right priorities keep all things in the right perspective. Every Christian leader should understand a view of their priorities as God would view them.

Experience Question: If God would examine your current priorities would He be pleased and say that your priorities are in the right place?

3. God is concerned about good Production.

Jesus uses the most important word at the end of this principle. Jesus uses the word forfeit. God does want us to forfeit the things that are the most important. The most important thing is our soul. God is concerned about Christian leaders producing a result that they can be proud of the rest of their life and for all eternity. Running a business can be demanding. I have a friend who often reminds business leaders that their business will demand everything that they have and still expect 10% more. It is true that there is always more to be done in the business. Every Christian leader should be careful about what they forfeit in order to get ahead.

Experience Question: What are you sacrificing right now as a leader that you should not be?

This question of Jesus is a powerful question that leads to a powerful business principle. The business that is run by a Chrisitan leader is designed for profits with a purpose. The purpose is to do things that matter and that have a kingdom impact.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Ken Gosnell is the “go” leader. He serves leaders by helping them to have great experiences that both transform them and their organizations that enable to go further faster. He has worked with hundreds of CEOS and their leadership teams to enhance their strategic, operational and people accomplishments. He is an author, coach, and strategic partner with CEOs. He is married to Shonda, and they have four children. You can connect with him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kengosnell/

He has also created the CEO Experience Impact Assessment. This assessment helps leaders learn the areas of their leader that they must improve to go forward. Get your score by taking the assessment here.

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Practice Excellence – Biblical Principles to Build a Business

Business leaders often wonder where they can find the best business advice and counsel in order to build their business. Although good business counsel can be found in a plethora of books, there is only one book that contains all of the best business secrets that business leaders need to know to build a successful business and life. That sacred book is the Bible. I have studied the Bible for years and have often read the words for encouragement, consolation, improvement, and inspiration. I have also found that it contains the best principles in order to build a successful business.

Biblical Principles to Build a Successful Business

Building a business on Biblical principles requires a change of perspective. One key perspective that is essential for Christian leaders is to practice excellence at all times and in all situations. The apostle Paul wrote these critical words in Colossians 3:23,24. He said “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Paul was reminding Christian leaders of the higher call that is their lives. Christians are not called just to do work that is average, but rather Christians are called to do all of their work with excellence as a way to honor God.

The Call To Excellence

1. The Christian Leader Strives for Excellence in ALL of their work.

Note the keyword “whatever” at the beginning of verse 23. To God, it does not matter about the type of work that we do. His desire is to be included in all the works that we do. In other words, Christian leaders and business owners can honor God in the variety of tasks that they do on a daily basis. In fact, every task matters. One Christian leader that I know has decided to offer free Bibles at their checkout counter in their store. They are practicing excellence in their check out process. As Christians, we are called to be excellent in all of our work. As Aristotle so eloquently stated, “Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

Experience Questions: What work do you do on a daily basis that is hard to include God in the process? What could you do to honor God with that work?

2. The Christian Leader Strives for Excellence in SMALL tasks.

Excellence shows itself in the small, daily, seemingly inconsequential tasks. Steve Jobs once said “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? So this is what we’ve chosen to do with our life.” Every task should be an excellent task. In fact, one secret to business success is to do the small things really well. The Apostle Paul reminds his readers to do all things with “all your heart.” This includes the small things. You can’t do things with all your heart and do them badly.

Experience Question: What small task in your company can you turn into an excellent task?

3. The Christian Leader Strives for Excellent in CALLED tasks.

Finally, every person has been called to do good works according to their abilities and their experiences. Those areas of life in which we are called, are areas of mastery and excellence. To excel in these called areas are how we give glory back to the one who has given us those gifts in the first place. Every person should know their strengths and their abilities. They should know what they are excellent and then seek to improve their excellence.

Experience Question: Have you clearly identified the areas where you are the strongest and have you considered how to be even more excellent in those areas?

To do things with excellence is a difficult task. However, excellence stands out. Excellent products are talked about and used. Excellent service is appreciated and written about. Excellent work is seen and recognized. In short, excellence in hard to keep hidden. Therefore, the Christian business and business owner should strive for excellence in all that we do because we do as if we are doing it to serve Jesus Himself. And when we practice this attitude God Himself will reward our lives and our business for our excellence.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Ken Gosnell is the “go” leader. He serves leaders by helping them to have great experiences that both transform them and their organizations that enable to go further faster. He has worked with hundreds of CEOS and their leadership teams to enhance their strategic, operational and people accomplishments. He is an author, coach, and strategic partner with CEOs. He is married to Shonda, and they have four children. You can connect with him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kengosnell/

He has also created the CEO Experience Impact Assessment. This assessment helps leaders learn the areas of their leader that they must improve to go forward. Get your score by taking the assessment here.

Understand Stewardship – Biblical Principles to Build a Business

Business leaders often wonder where they can find the best business advice and counsel in order to build their business. Although good business counsel can be found in a plethora of books, there is only one book that contains all of the best business secrets that business leaders need to know to build a successful business and life. That sacred book is the Bible. I have studied the Bible for years and have often read the words for encouragement, consolation, improvement, and inspiration. I have also found that it contains the best principles in order to build a successful business.

Biblical Principles to Build a Successful Business

An important shift for Christian business owners is moving from ownership to stewardship. Jesus told a story in Matthew about a faithful servant. He ends the story in Matthew 25:23 with these words, “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!'” Well Done, those two words are two of the most powerful words in the English language. It should be the desire of every Christian business owner to hear these words at the end of their journey.

What Happens When A Leader Moves from Ownership to Stewardship:

1. The Steward Leader understands that God owns ALL of the Business.

Steward owners recognize that everything that they have comes from God. This fundamental shift releases the burdens of business. The steward owner no longer has to carry the weight of every decision, choice, and consequence. The steward owner is released to work with all of their might, but understands that the end result is left to the owner who owns all things. King David penned these words in Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” When the leader recognizes that it all belongs to God, then the leader can hold all things in proper perspective.

Experience Question: Do you fundamentally believe that it is your business or do you see it as God’s business?

2. The Steward Leader understands that God will hold ALL to Account.

Owners answer to no one, but stewards give account to the owner. The steward owner is challenged to make better decisions because they understand that someday they will have to give an account for all that they did as they stewarded the business that they were given to lead. This knowledge keeps the steward owner sharp and with the right perspective.

Experience Question: If you had to give an account to God today for your decisions and actions in the business that you steward, would he be pleased with you?

3. The Steward Leader understands that God wants ALL of to be Engaged.

The steward leader believes that they have been placed in the business with a purpose to accomplish. They are not satisfied with just doing a task, but instead, they want to use all of their gifts and abilities to accomplish the task with excellence. The steward leader wants to please their master. They understand precisely what the master wants, and they use all of their resources to complete the task before the master returns. They want to be seen as an excellent servant who does all things well. The steward leader treats every person with respect, and they utilize every talent that they have been given to produce results for the master.

Experience Question: Are you fully engaged in the business ready for the Master’s return?

Jesus told a story in the Bible about good stewards. It is a parable that Christian business owners talk a lot about in business circles. It is called the parable of the talents. It is found in Matthew 25:14-30.

14 “For it will be a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[b] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In  there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

In this story, the master who represents God gives good rewards to the faithful stewards of the business. When Christian CEOs and leaders listen to the words of this story a subtle shift takes place in how they lead and run their business. They move from pleasing themselves to pleasing the master. They move from making all the decisions about what is the right thing to do, to decisions about what is the right thing to do to please the owner of all things. Becoming a good steward is a good principle on which to build a great business.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ken Gosnell is the “go” leader. He serves leaders by helping them to have great experiences that both transform them and their organizations that enable to go further faster. He has worked with hundreds of CEOS and their leadership teams to enhance their strategic, operational and people accomplishments. He is an author, coach, and strategic partner with CEOs. He is married to Shonda, and they have four children. You can connect with him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kengosnell/

He has also created the CEO Experience Impact Assessment. This assessment helps leaders learn the areas of their leader that they must improve to go forward. Get your score by taking the assessment here.