Bible for Business Seminar#13 Learning & Growth

12 of us met together to for the topic Learning & Growth . The additional information covered were:
  1. Using the 5-fold ministries of the Church model into Business Organization.
    • Apostles as church planters are comparable to the Entrepreneur starting new businesses and/or in new countries. The key to send the 1st rate staff to opening new businesses and not the 'who want to go' staff. Local companies tend to send their 2nd rate staff to open up new territory and loosing them later as they could never come back to HQ because their vacated position would be filled up. This must be fixed for a globalizing company.
    • Prophets are equivalent to the Intelligence Officer or the Scout. They collect market intelligence, scan the PEST, and keep the company informed of the trends and happening the the forefront. Scanning and picking opportunities or sensing pending dangers are very important in this fast changing world. "Re-positioning" with respect to the customers and offerings is a constant need of business.
    • Evangelists are the offering marketeers of the company.
    • Pastors are Teachers are the developers of the company equivalent to the HR Directors & Trainers/Consultants, continuing ensuring talent peopled are recruited, developed, retained, motivated and challenge to give of the their best to accomplishing the company's strategies and vision.
    • In Rom 12:6-13 and 1 Cor 12:28, we find other operational and supporting roles. The key is to remember that jobs(roles) are to be derived from strategic processes.
  2. Readiness
    • How can you tell how ready are you to execute the strategies?
    • The HR readiness is measured by (over the total job roles)
      = Actual_No_of_Certified_People/Required_No_of_Certified_People
    • For IT and other support applications can be measured similarity by introducing the stages of readiness. e.g. feasibility study, project-approved, started, development, testing, pilot, delivered.
    • For organizational & culture readiness, we speak of matching of staff personal goals & corporate objectives. The extrinsic and intrinsic motivators. Leadership (Servant Leadership). Change Agenda - Communications+Communications of mission, vision, strategies, goals.
  3. 4 Types of Listeners & 4 Types of Staff
    • In the Parable of the Sower (Mk 4:3-20), Jesus shared that there were 4 types of listeners, despite all your good effort in trying to communicate and motivate (it is the same Word that is shared to the 4 types of listeners) with four very different outcomes.
    • 1. Paths - Indifferent and Disengaged Staff.
      • They are not interested in doing or improving things.
      • May be they are victims of many initiatives and frequent changes in strategies that they don't see the good results of anything 'new' initiatives.
      • They are the depressed and given-up staff.
      • If not motivated and changed, they may degrade to be actively disengaged staff that will sabotage the work of others.
      • Their bad attitudes and behaviour may spread and caused others to follow suit.
      • The answer is to change them or get rid of them.
    • 2. Rocks - Head Only Listeners
      • They are excited quickly and rush to implement.
      • They are easily discouraged and give up especially when they do not see short term results.
      • Very often, their failures are due to misunderstanding, lack of depth of knowledge, lack of preparation and unrealistic expectations.
    • 3. Thorns - Own Agendas
      • They have different agendas than the corporates.
      • They will do only those corporate objectives that agree with their goals.
      • Answer: align staff & corporate goals. Go for win-win. Never compromise.
    • 4. Soils - Heart, Head, Hand & Habits
      • The 4 Hs are the terms used in "Lead like Jesus" for ease of remembering .
      • These people not only understand with their minds, but have taken them into their hearts.
      • They are committed to achieving the success and will execute them (Hands).
      • Long term practice makes them good habits that are done without extra supervision. They produce the fruits.
      • Answer: keep them … continually challenge them.
The feedback from the people attending are as follows:
The overall rating is 84% with the higher scores going to Speaker's knowledge 96%, Subject Area Coverage, length of talk,... and lower scores to technical level 80% and presentation style 78%.
  • Like Best
    • Strategic Planning & Goal Setting
    • Five fold theories (5 fold ministry applying to Business)
    • Sharing of Experience and Insights by trainer
    • Human Resource Capital Management cannot be overemphasized enough. More often than not, companies tend to overlook the HR aspect, expecting to replace talents that have exited from the companies, not realizing that it costs them more to replace than to retain.
    • Break the lesson into 2 parts if this is necessary.
    • Biblical Principles. Never saw the Bible as beng so analytical if we study it carefully
    • Encourage us to take personal responsibilities for our own performance & growth
    • Like the training. It opens up my mind to more things.
    • learning many things about the different aspects of running a business
    • 4 types of listeners
    • Using Church Model to Business
    • Overview, concept, 5 aspect of the system.
    • Organization challenges & market forces
  • Like Least
    • some of the principles was too brief due to timing
  • Others
    • Miss the last 12 lessons. Do I need to know the past lesson.
    • Share more examples for application of these theories (Speaker business & organisation mgt experience)
    • Real company case studies
    • too much info but could not cover all in tnis 1.5 hrs
    • would like to know more about knowledge in sales & marketing.
    • want to know about processes, how to break it down/create & communicate it.
    • Thank you
    • More case studies / situational analysis, apply Jesus' teaching into the management system.

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