Category Archives: Work

A pastor who understands the importance of marketplace ministry

The “light turns on” for Pastor Fred Hartley when he realizes marketplace ministry is as important as his own ministry.

Pastors need to train their members to live out their call from God to be ministers in the marketplace.

Pastor Fred Hartley  decided to do something about it. Check out the video

ROBOTICS THE WAY OF THE FUTURE

A robot from South Korea took home the $2 million first-place prize after winning the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge Finals.

The DRC-Hubo robot from Team KAIST was much faster than the other robots, completing the eight tasks in a winning time of 44 minutes, 28 seconds on the eight tasks.

The DRC is a competition of robot systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters.  It was designed to be extremely difficult.  Participating teams, representing some of the most advanced robotics research and development organizations in the world, are collaborating and innovating on a very short timeline to develop the hardware, software, sensors, and human-machine control interfaces that will enable their robots to complete a series of challenge tasks selected by DARPA for their relevance to disaster response.

Technologies resulting from the DRC will transform the field of robotics and catapult forward development of robots featuring task-level autonomy that can operate in the hazardous, degraded conditions common in disaster zones.

Amazon is already  using robots in its latest warehouse to make immense savings in people, warehouse space, time to process orders and eliminate mistakes.

Christians, particularly in business and education, need to be aware of the speed with which this is occurring and pray and adapt accordingly. How we deal with this rapid technology change is what is critical to God. How we look after and equip our employees is foremost.

Bill Gates has prophesied that robots will be as commonplace in 2025 as computers are today. Five years ago we spent as much time on computers as people now spend on mobile devices. Perhaps five years from now people will spend more time interacting with robots than they now do with mobile devices.

AVOID THESES COMMON LEADERSHIP MISTAKES

1. Offering No Reward System Or Praise For Employees

Worthy employees follow orders and work hard every single day. Nothing will demotivate them more than when their good work is not recognized or rewarded. Leaders must recognize the effort employees put into their work and show appropriate appreciation. A reward system not only improves the morale and loyalty but also the performance and productivity of team members.

2. Punishing Employees On Good Performance

The biggest mistake any leader can make is using the guise of promotion or advancement to increase an employees work load without offering any financial compensation. This is not the right way to treat your most loyal and productive employees.  As well, a good leader will address the longer hours or excess workload and help their employees manage it better

3. Lacking In Communication

Stay up-to-date with all the latest information and developments. Learn the skill of communication, and be the first to inform your team members regarding things that may help them improve and perform better.

4. Becoming Too Much Of A Friend

Employees desire to have leaders that they get along well with, but being too friendly may put a leader in an awkward position when it comes to taking tough decisions. Do not allow people to take advantage of how nice you are to them. Maintain a good balance between being their boss and their friend.

5. Not Embracing  Change

Another mistake is to think that you can control how all things happen in the organization. Sometimes it is beyond anybody’s control to stop a change. A leader needs to go with the flow in such situations, and use the change to the company’s best advantage.

6. Making Hasty Decisions With Recruitment

When you need more manpower to handle a huge workload, it is still essential, you carefully manage staff selection. Better to employ temporary staff to cope with the immediate problem until you have assessed long term personnel requirements. It is costly to employ and train full time staff members.  Will they be an asset to the company and a good fit with the existing team? Take the time needed to select a candidate that has the best qualifications for the position and right temperament for your organization.

7. Not Being Clear Regarding the Organization’s Goals

Job descriptions must be precise. Employees must know their job function and to whom they are responsible for their work output. They need to feel part of the team and know the company’s mission and goals. Regular work reviews are mandatory at which good work is commended but also unsatisfactory work addressed.

8. Copying Others Instead Of Being Original

Leaders need to be authentic. Don’t try to copy others. Sure adopt good techniques and strategies you have observed others use but adapt them to your unique business situation. Learn from others but find your unique voice.
“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.” – Ralph Lauren.

 

Be Organised to be Productive – helpful tips

The first step to improve your productivity is optimize your office to get the most out of your work.

Put your I/Smart Phone Away

Smartphones have come along with their own set of problems – namely, that they’re designed to be incredibly distracting so you’ll pay as much attention to them as possible.

Set your phone to silent mode and keep it in your jacket, desk, or somewhere else that’s out of arm’s distance.

Establish a schedule to check it e.g. every two hours.

Minimize Distractions from the web.

Your web-surfing habits are probably also causing you to bleed a lot of otherwise productive time.

Get rid of your “bookmarks bar” entirely.

Try a site-blocking application like Anti-Social that will block your browser from accessing certain sites for a set length of time.

Partially Quit Facebook

Very few people can actually get completely off of Facebook – it’s the new Web within the Web, and so many events, conversations and other social interactions take place on the platform that if you disable your account, you’re just going to run into trouble.

That doesn’t mean that you need to see a picture of every meal every one of your old high school acquaintances posts, though.

If you’re getting a steady stream of new updates, you’re getting a steady stream of new distractions.

It’s possible to partially quit Facebook by designating all of your “friends” as “acquaintances.”

You’ll continue to get updates from people, but you’ll only see between two and five new posts a day, versus the hundreds that are now clogging your News Feed and notifications bar.

If you have hundreds of friends that are currently blowing up your phone with inane comments and pictures of their kids (and you’re able to break your addiction to these constant distractions) you could end up saving a lot of time.

Dont’ Waste the Time You’ve Got at Your Desk.

Maximize the use of your I/Smartphone. You can handle email and many other tasks while you are on the go.

Protect Your Most Productive Time

Everyone has a few “golden hours” in every day where they get the most work done. You need to learn when yours are, and go into “Airplane Mode” during those times.

Use that crucial time to tackle the biggest, most difficult problem standing between you and your goals.

All of your other busywork and less pressing (and vexing) tasks can be accomplished on either side of your “golden hours.”

Clean up your work space!

A cluttered room leads to a cluttered life and a cluttered mind

Purchase an inbox, a tickler file and other organizational tools to get a system going that will help you feel more focused and less stressed out.

When everything is in its right place, your mind will feel at ease, and you’ll be able to focus more on what’s important – thus getting a lot more done.

Get Your E-Mail Set Up For Success

We all waste too much time reading e-mails, and most of us get too many of them to ever achieve the elusive goal of “Inbox Zero.”

First of all, go through all of your regular e-mails and newsletters and look for “ham.” Ham (sometimes also called “bacon”) is different from spam in that it’s e-mail notifications you signed up for, but no longer really read. Be brutal about going through and getting rid of all but the ones you really need to read. One easy way to see all of your subscriptions? Type the word “unsubscribe” into your e-mail search bar and it will bring up all of your ham at once.

Next, if you’re a G-mail user, consider using the G-mail Labs feature called “Auto Advance.” Essentially, the minute you archive an e-mail, it will automatically show you the next e-mail. This helps you get to “Inbox Zero” and also prevents you from reading the same e-mail more than once.

Follow the Two-Minute Rule

From David Allen’s Getting Things Done, the general principle behind this is that any task that comes up during the day that will take less than two minutes should be handled right away.

Don’t wait, don’t file it, and don’t let it clutter up your to-do box or inbox.

Do it, then forget about it and move on to whatever you were doing beforehand.

Of course, if something comes up during your “golden hours,” you should definitely hold off on two-minute tasks until you’ve got important project work out of the way!

Give Yourself Deadlines

Set a deadline for yourself on a specific task can help put external pressure on you to keep your focus sharp.

Of course, you’re not always going to be able to meet your self-imposed deadlines, but if you are consistent in trying to adhere to them, they’ll soon become a valuable source of motivation for you.

Prayer Time & Go Home Early

As you want to build a Kingdom business empowered by the Holy Spirit, I assume you commit all of what you plan to do and do daily to the Holy Spirit. “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thess 5:17. If you do, then this problem should not surface, but if you’re so far behind and you feel like there’s no possible way to catch up before you leave the office, go home early. Sounds counter-intuitive, but if you go home, spend time with family, get some good food, good rest and spend time in prayer, you’ll come in the next morning fired up and chomping at the bit.

International Christian Chamber of Commerce (ICCC)

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I recently attended an ICCC Conference in Athens entitled Possessing The Land – It’s Time! We believe that it is a new season for ICCC when the Lord is calling us to possess the land. The manna (wilderness) season is over. It’s time to possess the land as did the Israelite’s but there are many battles ahead and one dimension of this for us is to identify the personal and collective Jericho’s of our time! We have to advance through Godly strategy and wisdom by His grace!

The ICCC International Board are convinced that our calling to business and the working life has great significance at this time in history. The Lord says to us through Ezekiel 12:28

“None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done!”

  • To possess your promised land, you must begin to see yourself as God sees you.
  • To possess our promised land our thinking and believing must be, we are well able, for the Lord is with us.
  • To possess your promised land you must “tread upon it” but guided constantly by the Holy Spirit and meditating on God’s Word.
  • To possess the land , we must sanctify ourselves – it’s not about you; it’s ALL about Him
  • To possess the land we must hear from God and discover His strategy for crossing over, and for taking Jericho.
  • To possess the land we must fully obey the instructions of our Lord. When we listen, God speaks. When we obey, God acts! We must take a step of faith – driven by love!

If you want to receive strategy for how to possess your land can I suggest you consider joining ICCC. Check out the website www.iccc.net or contact me on ron@bakb.com.au

Improve productivity by hiring people with disabilities

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Retired Walgreens Senior Vice President Randy Lewis and his son, Austin. Lewis is the author of the new book, “No Greatness without Goodness: How a Father’s Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement.

The book isn’t only exceptional reading for business leaders who want their companies to become more efficient and profitable, but it also provides nuggets of wisdom and real life lessons for people who have the desire to build stronger and more meaningful relationships with those around them: friends, neighbours and co-workers.

During a speech in front of 5,000 Walgreen’s store managers at a conference in Las Vegas, he shared that “nearly 70 percent of individuals with disabilities and 95 percent of people with severe cognitive disabilities, like his son Austin, would never hold down a job.” This is not because people with disabilities cannot do the work, it’s because many employers fail to realize that hiring people with disabilities will actually increase the overall performance among all of their employees.

In the book, Lewis details how, with the inspiration from Austin, and the encouragement of his wife and strong support from the team at Walgreens, the company’s distribution centres not only met their first hiring goal of having 10 percent of its workforce being people with disabilities by 2011 — with some centres having 40 to 50 percent of their employees being those with disabilities — but they also witnessed increased productivity at the distribution centres that had hired people with disabilities.

Lewis also highlights in his book that there any many types of disabilities, especially in regard to employment, but what people need to keep in mind, be it at work or in public, is that people are people, regardless of whether their disability is visible to the world or not. “When hiring people with disabilities people ask me: what kind of disabilities can you hire? Or what kind of disabilities can you not employ? That’s always a common question.” Lewis said that what he and others discovered is that every disability is a spectrum. “We haven’t found a disability we can’t employ; we just can’t employ everybody on the entire spectrum. Just like with people ‘without disabilities,’ we can’t employ everybody on the spectrum of the typically able,” he noted. “I think the biggest thing that people overlook is that they’re people. They see their disability, they’re afraid about making a mistake; they’re afraid about using the right words. They feel uncomfortable and they fail to see the person,” he shared. “By the way, if you make a mistake with the right intent, with love, it doesn’t matter, people see that. They see the intent.” “Leaders need to love. If they don’t love, then they’ll never gain the trust. Here’s the deal: worthiness. Worthiness — that’s what Austin taught me; that everyone is worthy,” Lewis emphasized

Lewis reminds us not to forget this important truth.  “Work is what sustains us and love fulfills us“.

“So if the book helps to remind somebody that, oh by the way, I’m infinitely important in this universe. And, by the way, so is everybody else. Then my job is done,” Lewis said.

“Use every opportunity to help others see meaning in their work. They will be transformed from brick layers to cathedral builders”.

“An important lesson for employers is TLC, T is for teach, L is for love and C is for challenge. If you only remember one of the three, remember love.” said Lewis. He also adamantly believes that there’s a longing inside people to make a difference in the world, because everyone has value. We are worthy, that’s the good news of faith. I’m part of something bigger and I’m loved and I’m worthy,” he explained. “I’m one person and everybody’s an infinitely important and worthy person too.” Recognizing that people have intrinsic value to God and his Christian faith are two things that Lewis is not afraid to share, because it has provided strength for his family, and enabled him to impact the world by helping employers see that people with disabilities, once given the opportunity, can become valuable employees. “God has gotten a lot bigger as I’ve gotten older. Fear has kept me quiet in the past when I should have spoken up. It has kept me still when I should I should have acted. “There were times when I was afraid, and that’s when faith came in, and knowing that I was not alone,” he said. “Throughout this process, I was not alone.” Lewis noted that some people believe that what’s been achieved at Walgreens was a monumental and difficult task, but he said that not taking action, when he could have, bothered him much more than any potential failure.. Lewis also highlights in his book that there any many types of disabilities, especially in regard to employment, but what people need to keep in mind, be it at work or in public, is that people are people, regardless of whether their disability is visible to the world or not.