Jul

29

2014

7 Life Lessons Learned: Reflections on My Birthday

Written by: Dr. Jim Harris

Yes, today is my birthday.

No, this is not a self-serving post. Rather, it is a reflective snapshot of a few of the key lessons I’ve learned over my 30 years in business (and 61 years on this planet).

As I have grown in my faith, my work, and my life, here are 7 of the most important life lessons I’ve learned along the way.

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Jul

22

2014

Transforming the Middle Manager “Fifth Wheel” Syndrome

Written by: Dr. Jim Harris

There is an old saying that someone “feels like a fifth wheel.” Stationary. Nonproductive. Useless. Many supervisors and mid-managers feel this way, more often than you might think.

As a former branch manager in the transportation industry, however, the concept of a fifth wheel takes on entirely different meaning. The fifth wheel is THE vital piece for a safe and successful journey, the key link between the driver (leader) and the critical cargo (team, products, & customers).

Here are six critical functions of a fifth wheel with four truths on the proper caring and feeding of middle managers.

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Jul

17

2014

12 Bible Promises for Business Planning

Written by: Dr. Jim Harris

The bible is filled with promises for men, women, parents, grandparents, kids, and all people in general. But what about for businesses and business owners?

Here are 12 core verses on business planning, four key strategies on how to integrate them into your company, and a business planning system that can help.

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Jul

15

2014

8 Ways Christian Business Leaders Think Different (And Why It Matters)

Written by: Dr. Jim Harris

You are a man or woman who desires to honor God in work. You see your business as a for-profit marketplace ministry, to do great work for a reasonable return based on God’s word.

So what should you think about? Competitive differentiation? Brand building? Strategic execution? Talent maximization? Service Excellence? Yes, but the Apostle Paul clearly exhorted us to think different.

Here are the 8 ways great Christian business leaders think different and why it matters.

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Jul

10

2014

A Gift for You: My Business Impact Field Manual

Written by: Dr. Jim Harris

In my last post, I challenged all of us with this question: Shouldn’t a Christian-based business be the best?

I also said I would share a free resource with you to help you get there. Here it is: The Cycle Business Impact Field Manual.

Gleaned from my 30 years in business leadership training, advising, and strategic business planning, and based upon my forthcoming book, The Cycle: A Parable on Business Strategy, this field manual helps you:

  • Crystalize your goals for Clarity.
  • Maximize your strengths for Leverage.
  • Energize your teams for Execution.
  • Realize your significance for Impact.

Here are just a few of the questions this free field guide helps you answer and how you can download it.

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Jul

8

2014

Shouldn’t a Christian-Based Business Be The Best?

Written by: Dr. Jim Harris

For three decades I’ve advised, spoken to, researched, and written about many of the best run secular companies in the world. Whether Fortune 500, INC 500, Malcolm Baldrige winners, or outstanding entrepreneurial firms, I’ve come away asking myself some unsettling questions:

  • With few exceptions, why are so many secular firms so much better than their Christian-based competitors?
  • Why is there often no distinguishable competitive advantage to our Christian-based firms?
  • Why do Christian-based firms seem to settle for less than the best?

Paul exhorted us all when he wrote, “Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24

Therefore, shouldn’t a Christian-based business have the…

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