Business Lessons from an Unexpected Source

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Usually when entrepreneurs and business leaders seek out advice about business challenges they may be encountering, they typically turn to business gurus, books, or the Internet to find answers. One place they often don't think about (or is a last resort) is one of the oldest books in the world, the Bible.

The Bible contains innumerable transferable principles, practical insights and best practices that apply to your life as well as to your business. Here are a few examples:
  • Financial Management & Integrity: "If you're honest in small things, you'll be honest in big things; If you're a crook in small things, you'll be a crook in big things. If you're not honest in small jobs, who will put you in charge of the store? " (Luke 16:10-12)
  • Effective Communication: "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." (Proverbs 16:24)
  • Risk Management: "For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.' Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace." (Luke 14:28-32)
  • Market Research: "The Lord said to Moses, 'Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites'... When Moses sent them to explore Canaan, he said, 'Go up through the Negev and on into the hill country. See what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many. What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? What kind of towns do they live in? Are they unwalled or fortified? How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees in it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.'" (Numbers 13:1-20)
  • Performance Excellence: "Observe people who are good at their work - skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don't take a backseat to anyone." (Proverbs 22:29)
  • Organizational Management: "... you need to keep a sharp eye out for competent men—men who fear God, men of integrity, men who are incorruptible—and appoint them as leaders over groups organized by the thousand, by the hundred, by fifty, and by ten. They'll be responsible for the everyday work of judging among the people. They'll bring the hard cases to you, but in the routine cases they'll be the judges. They will share your load and that will make it easier for you. If you handle the work this way, you'll have the strength to carry out whatever God commands you, and the people in their settings will flourish also." (Exodus 18:13-26)
  • Diversification: "Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land... Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well." (Ecclesiastes 11:2-6)
So the next time you experience a business challenge, open up the "Good Book" for some revelant ideas and effective solutions.

Dream B.I.G.,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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2 Responses to "Business Lessons from an Unexpected Source"

  1. Unknown Says:
  2. Excellent I Love it Thank You
  3. Organic Xperience Says:
  4. Thank you so much for those references.