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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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

Growing In The Dark, Shining in the Light!

Key Text: Hebrews 6:11 (NIV)

We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.

The sensation of being celebrated and being in the front-line of life is such a pleasant one; many desire such experience and relish the idea of standing on the podiums to receive trophies for great achievements. But often times those who make it to the front lines didn’t get there by sheer luck, they must have prepared, practiced, weathered the storm and developed tenacity in the face of adversities while sometimes doing seemingly non-consequential tasks.

Olympic Champions never win a medal by mere wish; it takes a lot of practice and putting in the hard work even when no one is watching. Likewise, Medical doctors don’t get there by merely wishing, they had to put in the gruesome years to train whether or not they are receiving praises. Continue reading

Seal The Deal- PROPERLY!

Key Text: Ruth 4:7-8

Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning the redemption and the exchange of land to confirm any matter: a man removed his sandal and gave it to another; and this was the manner of attestation in Israel. So the closest relative said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself.” And he removed his sandal.

Whether you run a business out of your garage or a magnificent building, using written agreements is critical to protecting yourself and to avoid unnecessary wars. Research has proven that just “The Handshake” without any form of documented expectations in terms of an agreement is usually not enough.

Great relationships are often ruined due to misunderstood expectations. Many young business owners deal with a gentle man’s agreement so as to get the deal going quickly, but when the rubber hits the road and their expectations become unmet, they get very confused as to how to deal with the situation. Emotions, time and already limited finances get spent out in the bid to clarify expectations which could have been straightened out at the commencement of the relationship. 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

One Size DOESN’T fit ALL

Key Text: Luke 4:18

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.

Many business owners spend huge amounts on marketing their products to everyone and are then shocked at the daunting low results that their marketing efforts produce. Many believe that EVERYONE is a potential customer for their product or service and therefore EVERYONE is included in their target market- This is a total misconception!

Jesus knew whom He was sent to. He understood perfectly the power of target marketing and with that, He got outstanding result. He was constantly found amongst the poor and the oppressed of the society. He was busy healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out demons, feeding the crowd: He was crystal clear about his target. Once in a while He got people like Nicodemus the Pharisee and Zacchaeus the tax collector, but these are just the rippling effect of the efficiency of his ministry. Continue reading