UPGRADE YOUR TOOLS

Key Text: Proverbs 14:4
“Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is clean, but profits come through the strength of the ox.”
 
Excellent performance and profitability comes as a result of being effective and efficient, and one of the ways of achieving both effectiveness and efficiency is by investing in the right tools for the job that you have at hand. When we fail to use the appropriate tools, we would be subjected to risk of loss, poor performance and a mediocre result.

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Earn the right for “Recommendations”.

Key Text: For I have endued Bazalel with wisdom in every form of crafts

It’s the desire of many to be called upon when people or organizations need a skill and expertise that you possess or a product or service that your organization render. Life even gets a lot easier when we get the job or the business deals by recommendation rather than staying in line waiting and lobbying to be considered.

Bazalel enjoyed God’s recommendation. He must have been one of the best in Egypt in the works of silver and of Gold. Even though the text made it clear that God endued him with wisdom, it would have taken Bazalel hard work, impeccable character and dedication to have earned God’s recommendation and trust when it came to the sanctuary project. The same way God blessed Bazalel with wisdom and certain unique gifts, he has also blessed each and every one of us with one gift or the other. Continue reading

Little Foxes in the Garden!

Key Text: Songs of Solomon 2:15

Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.”

Life gets interesting when we start to make a little headway in our businesses and personal endeavors. We get a little comfortable and heave a sigh of relieve.   Isn’t it interesting when we begin to enjoy the fruits of our labor? I bet it’s fun when the customers are rolling in and your bank account regularly gets credited.

However, research shows that a striking number of entrepreneurs (about 70%) lose their profits within the first year of making huge gains, and about 90% never come back up again. This is not because they aren’t working hard enough, but because there are certain habits that cannot cohabit with continual success. Continue reading

DON’T BE DISTRACTED

Key Text: Ephesians 4:14

Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.

People have lost their lives while driving and texting (or calling), not because they do not know how to drive, but because their mind was distracted from their path. Likewise, many individuals and businesses have experienced major setbacks in their enterprises not because of any major obstacle or turbulence along their path, but by subtle distractions that has kept their focus away from their main agenda.

Rather than focus on our “MAIN” objectives, we allow too many activities to take over our time. We sweat the small stuffs, we listen to too many people including those who have no experience whatsoever in our business and personal dealings, we refuse to delegate by becoming obsessively busy and thinking that being “busy” is being productive. Continue reading

What’s Your “ONE THING”?

Key Text: Psalm 27:4

“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.”

New entrepreneurs face a lot of pressures and are usually in a haste to quickly succeed. And so, one of their greatest temptations is to get their hands into tons of businesses, projects and activities; spreading themselves too thin and splitting their limited resources (time, money, emotions) amongst so many engagements all at the same time.

Unfortunately, many of us have failed to achieve excellence not because we do not have the ability and/or resource that will enable us do so, but because we are caught up in the web of “Seeking too many things” all at the same time. Continue reading

Ask For The Deal!

Key Text: Luke 14:31-32

Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.

Whether you are trying to get a good discount, trying to get a salary raise, maybe trying to get the lunch time you want, or convincing your significant other to go to a party with you; we all negotiate all day long. We may not like to do it, but we have to do it anyway.  Negotiation is a skill that you must learn to survive in business and get the best out of your personal life. If you don’t ask, you will not receive. Continue reading

Just Before You Pay!

Key Text: Proverbs 25:5 GNT

Plan carefully and you will have plenty; if you act too quickly, you will never have enough.

Have you ever gone to the market without planning to buy something, but when you saw it, you loved it and you just bought it? The purchase was plainly emotional buying and it made you feel good; many of us are guilty of that. In fact many people visit the store sporadically and now use shopping as a therapy for feeling good. Anyone who has formed the habit of spending before thinking is headed for financial disaster.

One of the major reason businesses and individuals are stuck is because they do not have a clear cut budget. A budget is principally assigning responsibility for every dollar that comes into your hands. It’s telling your money where it should go. Solomon who was the wealthiest in his time gave this insight in the text above “…if you act too quickly, you will never have enough.” It’s very important to plan carefully! Continue reading

Set The Records Straight!

Key Text: John 21:11

Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THREE; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.

One of the ways to know whether or not you are growing is to keep proper records of the resources that pass through your hands. Unfortunately, many people do not want to be bogged down with details and only few will take their time to keep proper accounts of the state of affairs of their business or their personal lives.

Jesus had a treasurer to keep records of resources, and the scripture talks about God keeping “Books” in heaven, even though He is All-Knowing. All these point to the inevitable importance of record keeping. Continue reading

Who’s on Board? -Team Building 2

Key Text: Proverbs 15:22

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

One of the rules of success in life is to submit your decisions to the scrutiny and review of “WISE COUNSELORS”.  It is only in very rare cases that you find yourself doing something that has never been done before or charting a course for which no one has ever attempted.

Building a team also requires building your network of mentors. A lot of disappointments and heartaches will be avoided if you get the right people to take you by the hand or point you in the right direction. Mentorship is now the single-biggest catalyst in the growth of many successful enterprises; take advantage of it. Continue reading

Who’s on Board? -Team Building 1

Key Text: Ecclesiastes 4:12

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

There are probably very few more important characteristics of business success than that of building an effective and dependable team. One of the cheapest and most dangerous mindset of new business owners is that of thinking they can do it by themselves.

In a concert, it will be very difficult for only a drum to make great melody, but when combined with other instruments in an organized tune, there would be a symphony. Working all by yourself, will be stressful and very lonely if you do not allow anyone else to offer you help.

God said in Genesis 2:18” “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” He understands that we cannot really do anything much in isolation. He knows that wonderful things happen when people of complementary characteristics get together. Continue reading