12 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.

Principle #1 – Develop A Second Mile Mentality

A principle that is helpful in building a life and building a business is going the second mile. Good businesses develop a second-mile mentality. Jesus himself gives this principle in Matthew 5:41. The New Century Version records the statement as, “If someone forces you to go with him one mile, go with him two miles.” Jesus gives this principle to his followers as a way from them to themselves from the culture in which they were living for the purpose of helping others to see Him more clearly. In business, we also have the need to separate ourselves so that others can see our business more clearly. Every business would be wise to cultivate a second-mile mentality throughout their business.

Too many businesses are expecting second-mile results without giving second-mile service. Ken Gosnell

Principle #2 – Practice The Golden Rule

A tremendous Biblical Principle on which to build a business is found in Luke 6:31. This verse, which has been coined the Golden Rule, states that we should “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Many great businesses have been built on this one biblical principle. In fact, J.C. Penny used just this one principle to start and grow his business into a thriving corporation. He once was quoted as having said, “I cannot remember a time when the Golden Rule was not my motto and precept, the torch that guided my footsteps.” The concept is to consider others first. The wise business leader and business will always treat others as they themselves would like to be treated.

Principle #3 – Trust God’s Plan and Principles

A principle that has shaped many businesses and business leaders is Proverbs 3:5,6. Leaders in businesses are called upon to make many decisions. A leader must set the direction and the path of a business to ensure its growth and development. In business the opportunities are endless. Leaders must know their core and where to find the inspiration for their vision and their decisions. For Christian leaders, this wisdom is found in the book of Proverbs. Proverbs states, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” Trust is essential in business. Customers must trust the product. The leader must trust their people. Teams must trust each other and the wise business owner will trust the Lord.

Principle #4 – Find Reliable People

A principle that has shaped many businesses and business leaders is 2 Timothy 2:2. People can either make or break a business. Finding the right kind of people to add to an organization is essential to the success of the organization. Paul gives some amazing wisdom to his young mentee when he states in 2 Timothy 2:2, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” This key principle is helpful in identifying key talent and building the right kind of culture to grow a successful business. The words in this verse should be considered as a reference to mankind as every company needs both reliable and faithful men and women in order to be successful.

Principle #5 – Be A Steward, Not An Owner

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.

Principle #6 – Practice Excellence

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 in a way that honors God.

Principle #7 – Grow Profit With A Purpose

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.

Principle #8 – Listen To Many Advisors

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.

Principle #9 – Build On Solid Ground

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.

Principle #10 – Use The Gifts Of Your Team

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.

Principle #11 – Understand the Law of Sowing and Reaping

Many successful businesses have been built on the principle of sowing and reaping. In 2 Corinthians 9:6 the Bible states that “the point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” The New Living Translation of the Bible records this principle with these words. “Remember this – a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.” Another part of the Bible reminds the readers that we will reap what we sow.

Principle #12 – Focus On First Things

In Matthew 6:33 Jesus gave his followers a powerful principle to follow. Jesus said, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” The first three words of this verse are very instructive. Those words are “but seek first.” A great principle to practice in business is to focus on first things. When a leader understands the order of things, things can become easier to understand.

When a leader understands the order of things, things can become easier to understand.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Ken Gosnell is CEO and Servant Leader of CXP (CEO Experience). 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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Put First Things First – 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

In Matthew 6:33 Jesus gave his followers a powerful principle to follow. Jesus said, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” The first three words of this verse are very instructive. Those words are “but seek first.” A great principle to practice in business is to focus on first things. When a leader understands the order of things, things can become easier to understand.

When a leader understands the order of things, things can become easier to understand.

Four First Things That Should Never Be Lost in Business

1. God Should Always Come First.

The encouragement of Matthew 6:33 is to be God and His kingdom above all things. The promise from God is that when we honor Him first, He will not hold back on all the things that we need. In other words, by giving up, we get ahead. Christian businesses put God first in how we conduct business and how we treat our customers and build our products. God should be able to look into any business and be pleased with the work that is being conducted there.

Experience Question: If God took a tour of your business, would He be pleased with all the things that He found?

2. Your Family Should Know That They Are Important Than Your Business.

Many families of business owners suffer because the business takes priority over everything. Family members often feel neglected and left out. A business owner and leader should always convey to their family that the family is important than their work. When that order gets confused, then the life begins to fall apart. I have taught leaders for many years to treat their spouse and their families as the most important customer because they are. Families should always be placed above the business.

Experience Question: Would your family state that you believe they are more important than your business?

3. Without Your Customers, You Do Not Have a Business.

Customers are essential to business success and sustainability. Many businesses in the modern area have forgotten this fundamental first in business. Businesses once believed and taught that the customer was always right. Now, it needs to be taught that customers are essential. Businesses should make it a priority to love their customers and serve them passionately. Author Harvey Mackay states “no business can stay in business without customers. How you treat – or mistreat – them determines how long your doors stay open.”

Experience Question: Would all of your employees state that the customer is the first thing in your business?

4. The Business Needs to be Bigger than the Owner.

Many businesses are not bigger than the owner of the business. In other words, if everything in the business is dependant on the owner when the owner stops doing those things the business stops. Every successful business builds it in such a way that is larger than just one person. Business owners need to build their business so that they can go away when necessary to get vision, insight, and direction and still have the business continue to grow and develop.

Steven Covey taught this principle in his book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” He said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Indeed, focusing on first things in business is a key to success and great biblical principle which to build a business.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Ken Gosnell is CEO and Servant Leader of CXP (CEO Experience). 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.

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.

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.

Develop a Second Mile Mentality – 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.

Biblical Principles to Build a Successful Business

A principle that helpful in building a life and building a business is going the second mile. Good businesses develop a second-mile mentality. Jesus himself gives this principle in Matthew 5:41. The New Century Version records the statement as, “If someone forces you to go with him one mile, go with him two miles.”

Jesus gives this principle to his followers as a way of separating themselves from the culture in which they were living for the purpose of helping others to see Him more clearly. In business, we also have the need to separate ourselves so that others can see our business more clearly. Every business would be wise to cultivate a second-mile mentality throughout their business.

Too many businesses are expecting second-mile results without giving second-mile service. Ken Gosnell

How To Develop a Second Mile Mentality:

1. Businesses That Practice Second Mile Service Find Unexpected Solutions

Second-mile service inspires people to find solutions for the customers that both please the customer and serves in the best interest of the business. Customer service is really customer creativity. Every company should free their people to solve the problems that their customers face. Chris DeRose and Noel Tichy in a Harvard Business Review article write of the importance of empowering all employees. They write, “Frontline workers not only see service breakdowns but also opportunities for serving customers in entirely new ways. Teaching frontline leaders the basics designing simple experiments enables organizations to test many more ideas than could ever be orchestrated centrally.” Great companies empower all employees to solve all the problems that all their customers might experience.

Experience Question: Have you ever been surprised by how your employees have solved a customer issue?

2. Businesses That Practice Second Mile Service Show Unexpected Sympathy

Great businesses listen to their customers. They genuinely care about their customers and want to solve their customer’s problems. Customers want to be listened to and understood. Sometimes all a customer really wants is to have someone listen to his or her problems and care about the situation. Companies that care about their customers will always have customers to care for.

Experience Question: Do you encourage your employees to fully listen to the customer and hear all about the issues that they are facing?

3. Businesses that Practice Second Mile Service Create Unexpected Stories.

Businesses that focus on customer service create great customer stories. Every business should pay attention to the stories that they create. Stories can be created any day and with any customer. Stories are created when customers are listened to and loved deeply. Pepco created an amazing story for the daughter of one of their customers. Watch the video below and think about the story that you can create in your business.

Experience Question: What great customer story have you ever created because of your love of customers?

4. Businesses that Practice Second Mile Service Provide Unexpected Service

Businesses that love their customers create new ways to improve their service to their customers. Author Tommy Newberry has written, “Constantly ask yourself how you can increase your service and contribution. Ask, “How can I triple my value to my boss, to my clients, to the marketplace, to my family?” Write it down. No one can do the minimum and reach the maximum.” When a company creates more value for their customers, their customers create more value for the company.

Experience Question: How could your company triple your value to your customers?

There are many Biblical values that make for good business principles. Maybe one of the most important principles is going the second mile. Roger Staubach once quipped that “There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” Indeed, businesses and business leaders that choose to go the second mile will find many rewards and benefits.

8 Experiences Every CEO Needs Part 2

Bold experiences lead to better leadership. In fact, Albert Einstein once stated, “The only source of knowledge is experience.” Albert Einstein understood the fundamental fact that it is only by experiences that a person grows and develops. Leaders must expand, and they only expand when their experiences change. To reach their full potential leaders must continually develop the habit of growing in 8 “Great” Experiences. In my past article, I reviewed the first four experiences. You can read the entire article here.

5. A PEER Experience: Proverbs 15:22 states that “Where there are many advisors there is much success.” A wise leader will gather with other leaders and business owners to ask questions, gain insights on upcoming trends, and share success stories about how to move into the future. Mastermind or peer groups have been around for hundreds of years, and wise leaders have always utilized these experiences as a key to growing themselves and their organizations. There is no wiser move than to sit with your peers in a monthly roundtable experience. To gather with other CEO’s and business owners to ask questions, gain insights on upcoming trends, and share success stories about how to move into the future.

6. A TEAM Experience: John Maxwell states that “A leader who is walking where no one is following, is not leading, but rather is just taking a walk.” Leaders need a team to lead. Therefore, leaders must learn the secret of working well in and as a part of a team. Leaders must immerse themselves in team experiences as they become better team leaders.

7. An EXPEDITION Experience: Great leaders lead from the floor, not from their corner office. Leaders who make a difference know the importance of getting out and exploring. Leaders can be inspired by traveling to places where great leadership has been enacted. Leaders should schedule for themselves time to go and explore where other great leaders have walked before them.

8. A LIFE-MAP Experience: Leaders must know who they are in order to lead others effectively. Great leaders spend time discovering where they have come from and discern where they would like to move forward into the future.  They uncover truths about themselves in order to understand how they make decisions. When a leader knows themself, it becomes easier for others to be attracted to them and follow them with confidence.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Ken Gosnell serves leader by helping them to have great experiences that both transform them and their organizations. He has worked with hundreds of CEOS and their leadership teams to enhance their strategic, operational and people accomplishments. He is an experileader, 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/.