Priorities are what we do. Everything else is just talk!
Whenever our Christian CEO group meets for discussion roundtables, we are always astonished to rediscover the similarities between our core business tools. We each have God-given talents in different fields, providing completely dissimilar services and products, yet at the most basic level we all face the same challenges in our leadership. By meeting as a Christian business group, we can help each other discover hard-headed habits and improve our lives, both business and personal.
In recent years, businesses around the world have been discovering that bigger isn't necessarily better. Our Christian CEO group has always recognized the value of acting in such a way that everyone benefits - acting small, with the enrichment of everyone as a goal. At the same time, thinking big prepares your company for the future, providing lasting stability for your customers and your family of employees.
Every Christian CEO faces a business challenge that mirrors the Kingdom paradox of Christ within us - the combination of the eternal and infinite nature of the Divine alongside our own temporal and personal self. When we experience this paradox in our lives, as a Christian CEO we face a similar combination of the large within the small: acting small, but thinking big. When we act small, we never lose touch with the people who truly drive our business. As a Christian CEO, it is vital to remember that the meek shall inherit - we should never forget those to whom we owe so much. Yet at the same time, without the ability to think big, our company would never grow. Thinking big and acting small allows us to grow our business, increase our prosperity, and continue to serve the Lord in our work.
In order to know whether he or she is currently thinking big and acting small, a Christian CEO in the Triad should first determine how they are thinking. How strong is your long-term planning? Do you rely on your current products, or are new ones in development? Do you rely on the status quo for success, or are you pursuing more? Our Christian business group encourages leaders to always be looking to the future. Being one step ahead in your thinking will help you adapt quickly to any changes, as well as make you the kind of leader who can proactively make an entire industry a better working environment for all concerned. A Christian CEO who thinks big looks outside his or her company, considering the well-being of suppliers and distributors as well as his or her own employees.
Thinking big is the best way for a Christian CEO to plan, but acting small is the best way to lead daily business operation. When you act small, you are able to delegate tasks to those who are best at them. Everyone on your team is in contact, and issues rarely go unresolved. The Christian CEO who acts small remains engaged with the daily operations of the company. He or she is an active participant in a tight-knit network. There are no "cogs in the wheel" at a company where the Christian CEO is acting small!
We're only human, and that tends to mean that we overestimate our opinions of our own actions. Many members of our Christian business group find that in a group environment, sitting around a table with other like-minded individuals, we are most able to improve our own behavior. Our Christian CEO group is able to point out blind spots and offer suggestions in a timely manner - truly the Body of Christ at work. If you are a Christian CEO in Winston Salem, Greensboro, or High Point, we encourage you to contact us for support. With assistance from other like minded CEOs and business leaders, you can walk your own path to success and service to the Lord.