j.c. penney

The J.C. Penney Legacy… an example for us

📄 J.C. Penney was an incredibly successful businessman. He learned a great deal from his father, who was a pastor. His first three stores, beginning in the mining town of Kemmerer, Wyoming, were called the Golden Rule Stores. Within 15 years, his business grew so rapidly that he added 350 stores to the chain. Then […]

Growth Strategies

7 Practical Growth Strategies for Prosperity

📄 1. Strategic Planning In the 1980’s, Truett Cathy and his company, Chick-Fil-A, had a decline in sales for the first time since its founding in 1946. The frustration led him to take his key staff and board members to a Strategic Planning session. After two days of talking and praying, they agreed only on […]

Set Free

Being Set Free…to be in Christ

📄 Guy Ianello was raised by a good Italian family in upstate New York.  Somehow in high school he got caught up in drugs, using and then selling them.  After graduating, he had no incentive to find a real job until he got caught and was sentenced to life in prison.  But after 6 months, […]

untold secret

Check Out the “Untold Secret” Many People Are Being Inspired by This Book

🎤 🎦 Listen to John Beehner’s 20-minute overview of some of the key elements of The Untold Secret book. He’s speaking to a breakfast Bible study group.   Here John and Brig talk about the highlights of their new book. The book talks about the secret that Jesus shared and the Biblical explanation for business […]

Roaring 2000

Thank Goodness the Roaring 2000’s are Over.

📄 My hometown paper carried the story of a local bank officer of a major institution heading to prison for up to 30 years for altering document so that he would receive his bonus of $50-70,000 during the 2005-2006 real estate boom and bust. The U.S. Attorney’s office in its crackdown on mortgage fraud says […]

fruitful

Teach Me How to Be Fruitful

📄 The evidence is profound that the best and most healthy companies in the world follow Biblical Principles. Check out the books Built to Last and Good to Great by Jim Collins’ student research team and you will see how the values of visionary companies (Visions come from the Lord) are successful. According to their […]

Speed of Trust

The Speed of Trust Book Review

📄 The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey What is Trust? …from the American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster 1828: Noun: Confidence: a reliance or resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship or other sound principles of another person. (He that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe..proverbs) […]

cash flow

“Good Book” Cash Flow 24-7

📄 Practical Principles and Tactics for your Business I’ve had the privilege of working with over 300 Entrepreneurs in small–to mid-size companies for over 25 years while operating my own businesses in the process. So some of what I share here are mistakes I’ve made or seen others get tripped on. So I will begin […]

double-minded

Don’t Be Double-Minded!

📄 Bud Toole is one of my mentors. As a Senior VP of a major insurance company in the 1980’s, he risked his life and career by smuggling Bibles into Russia behind the Iron Curtain. Few people knew that the wall would come down in a few years. But by God’s plan, his team was […]

Flaky Christian

Doing business with a “Flaky Christian”

📄 In dealing with hundreds of entrepreneurs and executives over the years, I can honestly say “ I have been burned” by a number of people who call themselves Christians. I can easily talk on both side of this issue on “flaky Christians”. When someone first comes to surrender and make a personal commitment to […]

Bill O’Reilly

Changing the World Starting at Home and School – Bill O’Reilly

📄 Recently, Bill O’Reilly, the TV talk show host, and commentator, was talking about the need for vouchers, charter schools and even teacher incentives. So often the subject gets back to crime and teaching our kids how to be productive citizens and avoiding the life of crime. Deeper than that is the need for parents […]

Free Indeed

To Be Free Indeed by John Beehner

📄 During the first week of September of 1980, I got on my knees in the Days Inn hotel to commit my life to Jesus Christ.  I did not really know what I was doing but my heart and soul were aching from the sins and dumb things I had done so far in life.  […]

Never Give Up - Dave Ramsey

Never Give Up – Dave Ramsey

📄 Dave Ramsey, the renown financial expert who has been appeared on national radio and TV shows, provides the tough financial advice. He learned and earned it by a humbling “school-of-hard-knocks degree.” In his earlier years, he overextended himself in the real estate business and lost it all. But experiencing the rocky soil developed his […]

Jack Stack

Rejected by 51 Banks: Persistence Pays Off – Jack Stack

📄 You may have heard of Jack Stack. Jack is CEO of SRC (Springfield Remanufacturing Company) in Springfield, Missouri. He has authored several books and the first one is titled the Great Game of Business. Jack and a team of local executives bought the company from the parent owner, International Harvester, a few years before IH […]

persevering through failure

Persevering through Failure – Macy’s

📄 Few people know that R. H. Macy’s story is one of persevering through failure. Son of a New England Whaler and Quaker, Macy started and failed at the retail business at least 4 times, plus four other types of businesses until he finally moved to New York City in 1858 to try again at the urging […]

Quaker Oats story

Long Preparation for Harvest – Quaker Oats story – Henry P. Crowell

📄 Henry P. Crowell had seven years of preparation to reach the good soil. In the early 1900s, his father died of tuberculosis. The doctors warned Henry that there was a very good chance that in his early twenties, he would get the same disease. The best cure would be for him to leave Cleveland, […]

Knocked Out

Knocked Out For Success – Al Hollingsworth

📄 Can you image playing college football at Colorado University against Oklahoma and getting knocked out on the field? For a short time, you lie there as the trainers and medical people try to revive you. But you are deep in thought as God speaks to you and tells you that you are going to […]

Richest Man on Earth

Richest Man on Earth – John D. Rockefeller

📄 At 33 years of age, John D. Rockefeller was America’s first millionaire and the richest man on earth. At 43, he ran the largest company in the world, Standard Oil. At 53, he was America’s first billionaire. By this time, in the early 1900’s, he was so sick that he could only eat crackers […]

ROE

ROI or ROE for your Business – What is your goal ?

📄 Part of God’s plan for you and your organization is to receive a Return on Investments (ROI) on your plans and effectiveness on earth. But He also wants a Return on Eternity (ROE). What we’re doing on Earth will have an impact on eternity. In fact, that is where our mission and final destination lies. […]

God's Principles

Getting to the Bottom Line – By God’s Principles

📄 God’s principles revolve around relationships. At the center of the eternal model of success is our investment in Relationship Capital. None of us can buy our way into heaven. You can give away millions of dollars, but if you only do it for tax reasons or with a resentful heart, it has no reward […]

sacrifice

Sacrifice is a Responsibility…No One Escapes

📄 Ever since Adam and Eve, God, throughout the whole Old Testament, has called man to provide animal sacrifices to atone for his sins.  When the Lord sent his son Jesus to die for the sins of the world, He changed the game of life.  Yet, I believe every one of us lives and dies […]

No One Will Listen

Cleaning Up When No One Will Listen

📄 In 2006, Donnie Deutsch, who heads his own New York-based advertising and media business, hosted his own TV show on CNBC called the “The Big Idea” for a few years.  He interviewed entrepreneurs and personalities around, stimulating ideas for small businesses.  It was a good show but may not have had good enough ratings […]

Brig Hart

Can Failure Lead to Success? Ask Brig Hart

📄 I am sure there are at least a million Americans who have heard of the living legend known as Brig Hart.  Brig had a rough early life, toying with drugs while trying to find his way.  But at a young age, he discovered Amway, the Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) business co-founded by Rich DeVos in Michigan […]

Entrepreneur with ADD

Can an Entrepreneur with ADD Make It?

📄 Discouragement comes from all sides–other people, past failures, and negative thoughts that demoralize us. Satan speaks to our minds and uses the garbage we have collected from negative experiences to tell us how we will fail. He wants us to fail or be handcuffed, thus avoiding God’s real call and plan for our lives. […]

Whole Foods

The Road through Adversity to Become Whole Foods

📄 John Mackey, the founder of Whole Foods, the billion dollar organic (300+ stores) food chain, said he discovered the problem with his first store when he had to close it. “It was just too small. We needed more selection for the customer.” Never one to give up, he was able to acquire more investors […]

Herb Kelleher

Can a Lawyer build an Airline ? – Herb Kelleher

📄 Herb Kelleher’s experience is an in-depth trial of perseverance through rocky and thorny soils. In only 5 years, he created one of the most dynamic businesses in the 21st century. Herb was a lawyer by training who, for many years, had a secret passion to have his own business. It was as if he […]

Turnarounds

Turnarounds Abound in His Work

📄 Turnarounds About in His Work Referenced from the book The Untold Secret that creates True Wealth. Doug Weiss was born in the thorny soil. Conceived out of wedlock, he never met his father. As a good looking and smooth talking young man, he pursued the ladies. The seed of lust gripped his heart and […]

Linda Rios Brook

Life Changing Turnaround – Linda Rios Brook

📄 Linda Rios Brook spent many years in network television working with ABC, CBS, and NBC as the president and general manager of affiliates in Texas, Florida, and Minnesota. In 1991, she found herself in the middle of a frenzy in both the secular and Christian media about a Bible study she led in the […]

creator

There is a Creator who Orchestrates Success

📄 We were all created to do the will of the Father. The Lord is so patient in waiting for us to get our acts together. He gives us multiple chances to come home. Good works are for the manifestation of the character of God, will of God, and the power of God. Noble acts […]

mustard seed

Have You Got the Mustard to Make Changes?

📄 The Parable of the Mustard Seed is referenced at least six times in scripture. Jesus said that “faith is like a mustard seed,” which even though 1 and 2 millimeters in diameter can become the biggest tree in the garden. The tree grows so large that it even provides places for birds to perch. […]

Visionary Heroes

Unsung Visionary Heroes Changing our Nation

📄 Most Entrepreneurs, especially a lawyer like Herb Kelleher (Southwest Airlines), would not have tried to start an airline because of the hard soil of doubt and fear in their heart and soul. But God needed someone with legal experience and guts to accomplish His mission. We can also see why John Mackey, who was […]

Marketing Strategy

No. 1 Marketing Strategy to Win Customers

📄 Love is the Key  In Gary Chapman’s book The 5 Love Languages, he describes how men and women have a different understanding of love. The 5 love languages are represented by: words of affirmation quality time, listening acts of service gifts physical touch In business growth, we can also show our love through: Providing good […]

eHarmony

Internet Connecting for a Grand Design – Neil Clark Warren eHarmony

📄 Dr. Neil Clark Warren, founder of eHarmony.com®, has saved many marriages from divorce. Through years of counseling, research, and prayer, he discovered that there are two keys to a successful marriage: emotional health and compatibility.  In business, if your emotional health is good, it gives you strength and resilience through adversity. It keeps you […]

Unanswered Prayer

Thank God for Unanswered Prayer

📄 Bill Kilgannon, founder of a successful and fast-growing construction company, tells of his early experience of his firm’s startup and what appeared to be unanswered prayer.   Bill recalls, “We were well qualified and thought we would obtain 3 contracts of projects right in our sweet spot. We had prayed hard and believed the Lord would […]

employee engagement

The Keys to Employee Engagement and Performance

  📄 When it comes to being a living legend and achieving your true wealth, why do some people succeed and others fail? How do successful business people flesh out God’s visions, thoughts, and ideas that He’s placed in their heart and soul? We understand that both natural and human seeds grow to reproduce additional […]

Relationship Model for Successful Marketing

The Relationship Model for Successful Marketing

📄 In Gary Chapman’s book, The 5 Love Languages, he describes how each of us has a different understanding of love. The 5 love languages are represented by • words of affirmation • quality time, listening • acts of service • gifts • physical touch In business growth, we can also show love through: 1. […]

starbucks

Was the Starbucks Vision seen in Italy?

📄 In 1981, Howard Schultz was general manager of a Swedish kitchen housewares business in New York. He noticed that a small company in Seattle by the name of Starbucks was ordering more coffeemakers than Macy’s department store. Howard was intrigued and decided to pay them a visit. At the time, Starbucks had three partners […]

Marketing Mistake for Christian Entrepreneurs

Marketing Mistake for Christian Entrepreneurs?

📄 Not long ago, a Wise Counsel member was upset with the reaction to their new brochure by a group of doctors.  They had very faintly printed a cross on the front.  Yes, one doctor was Jewish and another Hindu.  So was that the reason? As I prayed and thought through what to share, here’s […]

TOMS shoes

TOMS Shoes… The Golden Rule at Work – Brian Mycoskie

🎦 In 2006, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and saw that they didn’t have adequate shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes for a child in need. One […]

True Wealth... By The Book

True Wealth…by the Book

  📄 True Wealth … By The Book has been labeled “inspirational” by readers because of the positive and touching stories of famous and notable leaders who have lived by Biblical Truths to become “richly” blessed. More than 100 stories and illustrations highlight the experiences of pioneers and icons such as J. C. Penney, Sam […]

Genesis Workshop

How & Why Good Business Creates True Wealth – Genesis Workshop

📄 How & Why Good Business Creates True Wealth, formerly known as Genesis, is our business workshop about …“Why and how Good Companies make more money and serve more customers from Biblical Standards.” The workshop series includes 13 sessions of six and a half hours of video production with downloadable discussion guides and worksheets.  It features […]

Syrian Solution

The Syrian Solution: The non-violent American intervention that can save Syria

📄 The outcry for freedom in Syria and Arab nations is a result of America’s liberation of Iraq and Afghanistan.  These are the Biblical times where Jesus said, “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  [The] nation will rise […]

replacing faith with education

Are You Replacing Faith With Education?

📄 Dr. Jerry Williamson, President of Go To Nations, the respected international mission organization that has over 500 missionaries in 86 countries, says, “People are replacing faith with education . It’s a major mistake; pastors need to sound the alarm and they aren’t.” In a world of increasing technology and mass media, we are taught to “Google […]

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg : Facemash to Facebook

📄 In October 2003, Mark Zuckerberg and some fellow Harvard students took some risk by breaking into the University’s security network to capture student ID photos to populate his newly created website called Facemash. Harvard had no student directory and has never been noted as the most “social” campus on the East Coast. At first, […]

Effective Prayers

The Untold Secret to Powerful and Effective Prayers

📄 Last summer we took 30 Christian entrepreneurs and ministry leaders to the 7,000 square feet, 4-story ocean home of a former CEO. I had the privilege of coaching and working with this CEO for nearly 10 years.  This amazing leader had taken a $2 million company to $2 billion in sales in just 15 […]

Improve Performance

7 Practical Concepts to Improve Performance – Going from Good to Great

📄 7 Practical Concepts to Improve Performance – Going from Good to Great 1. What you measure will improve…keep a scorecard to measure and track goals using Graphs and Charts (many of your top performers are not numbers; people prefer visual examples) 2. Cross train at the middle management levels when its crunch time.   Often […]

Practical Ways to Manage for Purpose

8 Practical Ways to Manage for Purpose

📄 We don’t have all the answers but we’ll share some insights to give you a glimpse of our perspective and discernment on Practical Ways to Manage for Purpose: Key from our perspective It’s not just the strategy, goals, and ideas we employ. It is their congruence with the principal of God––the more we follow […]

Christian in Business

Are You a Christian in Business?

📄 Too many Christian men who lead or own a business compartmentalize their world into segments.  They have their family life, sports life, men’s life with other friends, and their business life.  For women, they have it all completely intertwined and it’s just too hard to separate.  Often men can have a big argument with […]

Good Hiring Practices

48 Keys to Good Hiring Practices

📄 An NFL team drafts 10 players, sign 15 free agents, 44 players from last year, 20 players from taxi squad, and scouted an average of 4,000 college players each year. How many candidates do you look at? Follow these 48 Keys to Good Hiring Practices:     Avoid 3-minute “snap, emotional” decisions (first impression by appearance, […]

American Economic Success

American Economic Success is Dependent on the Bible

📄 In the 1920’s, entrepreneur and author Robert Babson asked the President of Argentina why South America, with all its natural resources, was so far behind North America in progress and marketing?  He concluded, “South America was settled by the Spanish who came to find gold and North America was settled by Pilgrims in search […]

Marketing Mistakes for Christian Entrepreneurs

Marketing Mistakes for Christian Entrepreneurs

📄 Not long ago, a Wise Counsel member was upset with the reaction to their new brochure by a group of doctors.  They had very faintly printed a cross on the front.  Yes, one doctor was Jewish and another Hindu.  So was that the reason? As I prayed and thought through what to share with […]

Church a Cruise Ship

Is Your Church a Cruise Ship?

📄 Doug Spada, the decorated Navy Veteran and founder of WorkLife ministry, asks the question “Is your church a Cruise Ship or Aircraft Carrier?” A Cruise Ship has all kinds of social and fun activities to enjoy each other’s company and build on growing relationships in the fellowship and suntans heading into the warm waters […]

Pastors Take Requests

Should Pastors Take Requests from their Congregation?

📄 I have heard Pastors say, “And don’t send me any emails on this.”  It seems like a number of Pastors have their own agenda and we are going to get the full dose of their teachings whether a congregation needs it or not.  Of course, that is not all bad because good Pastors want […]

no competition

There is No Competition

📄 Greg Pagh, senior pastor of Christ Lutheran Church near Elk River, Minnesota, says, “I used to drive by other churches and curse them because of the way they worshipped,  shared the gospel, spoke in tongues, etc., were too charismatic or too laid back.  Then God got a hold of my heart and I sincerely […]

Church Can Move the Economy

How the Church Can Move the Economy

📄 I’ve found that many Pastors are naive as to how the economics of their Church is impacted by the economy. They see cycles of prosperity and decline and that there is nothing they can do about the economy and, more important, the financial success of their flock.  It’s like many have bought into the […]

Love in Service

What Happened to Love in Service?

📄 Even a newborn child can sense the love of a parent; it’s part of the manufacturer’s handbook, otherwise known as the Bible.  And since God is a Spirit of Love, you would think nearly everyone would get it. But in the marketplace, there are many enemies of love, like limited freedom, greed, and overgrown […]

Learn From the Master

Getting Off Your Treadmill to Learn From the Master

📄 In Luke chapter 10, we read a story about Mary and Martha.  Martha is distracted as she prepares the big dinner.  She approaches Jesus and says, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister Mary just sits here while I do all the work?  Tell her to come and help me.” “My […]

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

📄 Emotional Intelligence – EQ – is a relatively recent behavioral model, rising to prominence with Daniel Goleman’s 1995 book called Emotional Intelligence. The early Emotional Intelligence theory was originally developed during the 1970′s and 80′s by the work and writings of psychologists Howard Gardner (Harvard), Peter Salovey (Yale) and John Mayer (New Hampshire). Emotional […]

ministry is a business

Every business is a ministry and every ministry is a business.

📄 A friend of mine once said a Church is a hospital for sick people, all trying to get healthy.  But for others, it can be an out-patient clinic, and still others a college community. Frankly, we are all insecure. We’re looking for healing and nourishment to help us seem whole. More and more people […]

Tool of Freedom

The Internet… Another Tool of Freedom

📄 A new global freedom marketplace has emerged from the internet.  But on the freedom model of mutual trust and free enterprise, it has little policing, no regulators, no taxation system and it remains as open as nations allow. The Internet is free enterprise in action, and it’s built on mutual trust through prepay tools.  […]

Economic Freedom and China

Economic Freedom and China

📄 Again, thank God for our Founding Fathers who used the Bible and wrote our constitution to set in motion our values and principles that guide the Freedoms that we enjoy today.  Without a Moral Compass, we would not have enjoyed such prosperity and blessing from the fruit of our labor.  It may not seem […]

Free From Bondage

Free From Bondage

📄 Ricky Roberts was born to faithful parents whose hearts were broken when they discovered that their special child was mentally retarded.  But because of the deepness of their faith, they knew God would heal him… because nothing is impossible for God.  Their prayers and crying out to the Lord were constant, and they had […]

Bud Toole

Helping Comrades Achieve Freedom

📄 Bud Toole was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and quickly became a very astute investment advisor.  Within a short time, he became the VP of Investments for Gulf Life Insurance Company in Jacksonville in the late seventies.  As a committed Christian, Bud and his wife loved to travel to unusual places and learn about […]

Is America stupid

Is America stupid, or is God using us to spread Freedom?

📄 When I was able to start driving, I remember gasoline was 19 cents a gallon.  Can you believe that?  America drilled and refined all of its own oil and it was extremely cheap to drill and to transport to the USA.  When large oil reserves were discovered in the Middle East, everything changed.  This […]

Proven Strategies for Growth

23 Proven Strategies for Growth

📄 In an effort to provide you with a clear understanding of the ways in which to succeed in business, we’ve created 23 proven strategies for growth you should use if you want to be successful and peaceful in business. Please feel free to share this PDF with your own business friends.