Business Integrity Matters

2 ways to honor God at work

2 Ways We Can Honor God in our Work

Have you ever measured yourself against others by the job you had? I know I have. I used to confuse job title for importance. I figured the long hours, massive responsibilities and an overwhelming to-do list were the measures of my own value. In addition, if others did not appreciate my position, what I had or how I did my job, I took it as their personal disapproval of me – which just made the whole situation worse! I’m wondering how many of you can relate to my own desire to simply be approved by those around me. As I […]
Neutralizing the risks of workplace ministry

Neutralizing Risks of Workplace Ministry

Creating a Christian work ministry has been a trial in my career. As a recovering engineering, I am risk averse. As the boss, I am averse to lawsuits. As the salesperson, I am afraid of offending customers. As a supervisor, I am fearful of employee discomfort. As a business owner, I am spooked by added costs. However, I understand that we are called to be ambassadors for Christ as though God were making an appeal through us to be reconciled to Him (2 Cor 5:20). Searching for solutions to these risks, I found several. Let us address the risks head-on. […]
Corporate Stewardship

Corporate Stewardship

Fast cars, fancy clothes, elegant watches, season tickets to sporting events and the local theatre – all of these are the spoils of war in today’s corporate culture. However, they are all idolatry. I know, I struggle with this sin the most. The privilege of having a career that spins off dollars like leaves falling from trees can really challenge your perspective and your judgment. Pretty soon, you may find as I did – there is never enough. This lifestyle of excess has us doing and spending for the simple sake of wanting others to see how great we look […]
Restructuring Your Business

Restructuring Your Business

If I had this sage advice 11-years ago, I would have avoided making huge mistakes. In the beginning of the millennium I was asked to step out of my comfort zone and reconstruct a segment of an existing business. This was foreign because I had spent most of my leadership tenure starting a new venture from scratch or expanding an existing operation. Reconstruction was a beast I new little about. The school of hard knocks put me through the ringer, and hindsight is certainly 20-20. I made a huge mistake in reconstructing the business. In the effort to retool, I […]
Corporate Responsibility Gone Bad

Corporate Responsibility Gone Bad

I find myself tempted to reap the marketing benefits of Corporate Responsibility rather than focus on the heart condition of generous giving. Corporate Social Responsibility began in the late 1960’s and early 1970’; a time when Americans struggled with authority and started turning their backs on God in mass. The concept of this responsibility was focused on businesses taking responsibility for their impact on the environment, consumers, employees, and communities. Soon, corporate marketing departments were tempted like me. They started advertising these good works for the benefit of the bottom line. This bottom line thinking has a tendency to harden […]