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.
The Lean Accounting Movement introduced some groundbreaking changes in how we measure, report and plan for organizational costs…
Budgets are bad… rolling forecasts allow us to take away the cliff mentality and intend to provide a platform on which we can become nimbler.
Move away from full-absorption cost accounting and allocation of “monuments” to a model designed to measure “economic value added.”
Visual process and value-stream measurement, allowing everyone to see how an end-to-end process is performing, enabling timely response and adjustments to help both customers and productivity.
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
- Romans 8:29
How to we ensure that we honor the highest degree of integrity and ethics in business? The Highest form of marketing for God is to just be like Him. We serve Him best when we emulate Him. Now, you might be wondering exactly how we mere humans could even entertain the notion of being like almighty God, especially in the ruthless and cutthroat world of business. Well, this may not be as much of a quantum leap as you might think.
This is really written to the world’s pastors… you’re welcome to listen in as we sip our coke.
So, pastor, have you thought lately of who’s really sitting in your pew? As you know, most of your adult church members live Monday to Friday in the workplace. As the old rock music song ‘Takin Care of Business’, by Bachman Turner Overdrive belted out: “You get up every morning from your alarm clock’s warning, take the 8:15 into the city. There’s a whistle up above and people pushin’, and people shovin’…”
“Then the Lord answered me and said: ‘Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie, though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.’”
- Habakkuk 2: 2-3 (NKJV)
For those of us who are Christians, best-in-class always begins and ends with God. What vision has God given you for leadership development for your company? How will you galvanize your team around the vision?
The typical organization today is led by decision makers who are “vertical” silo owners. The organizational chart, reinforced by traditional budgeting and yes, even forecasting methods, results in decision makers who are structurally encouraged to think only within their own departmental scope. All too often doing so without insight into or knowledge of what would create increased value for the customer or capture new markets who have unmet needs.
Leadership, in my view, consists of the merger of heart and science (in that order). Leadership in God’s Kingdom is learned, driven by character, and operated with excellence.
Heart generates vision statements, mission statements and values developed in relationship with the Holy Spirit living in and through us.
When we think about using our businesses as a means to further God’s purposes and to extend His kingdom, we are often drawn toward conventional Christian expressions or techniques. We are all aware of companies that have used obvious ways of proclaiming a Christian message and focus. Anything from putting Bible verses on drink cups to copies of New Testaments in their packaging or closing for business on Sundays. These are all great things and done in the right spirit, they can have an impact but, I believe, there is a more subtle and organic way to use your business to extend God’s kingdom.
Listen in as one of our Chairs, Dr. Tom Lutz of Peachtree Corners, GA, speaks on the theology of work. Dr. Lutz was featured on "One 4 The Road," a podcast produced by Perimeter Church in Johns Creek, GA.