Women in Business PodcastEC Admin2020-12-16T23:17:25-05:00
Time to ReFresh!
Time to ReFresh!
Taking time to refresh entails conducting personal assessments. We conduct reviews of our successes and failures, as well as suggestions for how we can improve in the coming year.
One method for refreshing or conducting a review is to conduct a reverse SWOT analysis, which is an examination of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This allows us to reflect on where we started and what needs to be done differently in the future.
Today, our hosts Debrah Schlant and Wendie Klem will show us how to use our SWOT analyses and reverse engineer them to our advantage before setting new goals.
We understand that challenges and threats are unavoidable in any situation, but for kingdom business owners, this could mean losing new clients, closing down suppliers, closing down your business, or even struggling with cash flow. Every entrepreneur faces unique challenges in their business, and it is critical to note the challenges or threats you faced when conducting the review.
New opportunities, on the other hand, are an inevitable part of everyone’s journey. Sometimes we get opportunities we didn’t expect, and they can manifest as new partners, new clients, learning new skills, or even promotions! We are to reflect not only on the opportunities we have received, but also on those we have missed, and to improve on them in the coming year.
Take some time to recharge your batteries by reflecting on your victories! Whether it’s in terms of your wins, new client acquisition, or the number of KPIs met. Keeping your focus on God and what He has called you to do or your assignment allows you to live in God’s abundance and win!
Taking time to refresh and conduct personal reviews is essential because it allows us to reset our vision and focus on the right and God-given goals.
Remember to commit every aspect of your life to Him, and He will establish your paths! Allow Him to lead, and your work will be anointed with Grace and favor. And don’t forget to take time to refresh every now and then.
Living generously is an act of gratitude. It is more than just about giving donations. It is a reflection of God’s very nature.
When we give generously, we should remember that God does not require anything from us. Instead, we should accept that generosity is His. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son…” reads John 3:16, a verse that perfectly describes God’s generosity to His creation.
According to Julie Wilson, the President of Women Doing Well, God’s nature is generosity, and we are to be like Him. This, she says, is a “get to,” not a “have to.” It is a reaction to the grace we have experienced through His dying. When we begin to live our lives with a purpose, we begin to live generously. Knowing who we are helps us avoid becoming too self-absorbed.
Taking stock of our gifts and resources allows us to more easily direct our generosity. Whatever we have that we believe can serve others; we should seek God’s guidance using those tools in order to live generously.
According to the Bible, God likes a cheerful giver. So, whether you’re giving time or money, your joy will come when you know what you’re doing is your purpose and passion. We are urged to give willingly, whether in plenty or via sacrifice, because our actions remind us that we are a part of God’s plan. When we give abundantly, God ensures our replenishment, and we will ultimately receive more than we give. We should remember that God has no need, thus our generosity is a way for us to create a connection with Him by living generously.
It is true that living generously and being mindful about it takes a great deal of discipline. The Holy Spirit is constantly present to guide us along our journey, even though we are not always willing to contribute or are uncomfortable doing so. We must allow ourselves to obey.
The Women in Business Podcast was launched a year ago by Wendie Klem and Debrah Schlant.
The goal of this podcast was to provide Women in Business with a message of hope as they go about their daily lives as entrepreneurs.
Wendie and Debrah started this podcast with little experience in producing podcasts, but they were determined to deliver clarity to women in business on how to establish and sustain a profitable firm, create profitability, and impact others around them.
Due to their hectic schedules, Debrah and Wendie meet once a week for thirty minutes to address the problems that women face in business and to provide a venue for them to express themselves.
According to Debrah Schlant, while we may want things to be flawless and go exactly as planned, this is not always the case. We must acknowledge that there is always an element of the unknown, but we must act in trust and obedience to what we are asked to accomplish. If we commit to doing our part, the Lord will do his as well.
Wendie Klem believes that as they continue to share their God-given resources with biblical entrepreneurs through the Women in Business Podcast, she hopes that women will be able to take away pearls of wisdom for their own benefit.
One of the focuses of this podcast was collaboration, especially in the face of commercial obstacles. It is well known that women do not have the best reputation for working together without being competitive, but the Women in Business Podcast urges women to collaborate since they may do more when they work together.
Debrah and Wendie spend their time generating these podcasts, but they also have personal ambitions that they manage to fit into their businesses and families. This is an excellent example of collaboration. Taking the time to understand and embrace each other’s uniqueness fosters teamwork. There is strength in working together to attain a common goal.
One year into the podcast, the series has had a lot of guests discussing various themes involving Women in Business, and the reception has been quite positive.
Working your strategy, according to a true testimony from the Women in Business Podcast! And then wait to see what the Lord will accomplish for you. Even if you have to pivot, always keep to your original plan.
Future planning not only helps to clarify and bring together the best ideas, but it also helps to establish solid partnerships.
Each of us has big plans for the future, but praying about them helps us put them in place. Listening to God and going where He leads you will help you pivot. Talking with God allows you to change your plans and steer them in the proper path. When you include God in your plans, He revitalizes your creativity, resulting in excellent execution.
When we are walking in our purpose and calling, we are not always realistic about our bandwidth or capacity, and we end up setting ourselves up for failure and mediocrity. We become disoriented, upset, and disillusioned, and we ultimately set ourselves up for failure.
When planning what we want to do and devising the most efficient means to get there, we must be practical. It is not necessarily about doing what we have always done, as there may be other concepts. Allowing God to take charge of our plans will guide us in the correct route.
One of the most important things for entrepreneurs who want to make an impression in the market to consider is business best practices, which are a collection of principles, ethics, or ideas that represent the most efficient or wise course of action in a specific business circumstance.
We must match our best practices with biblical ideas when developing them. This assists us in clarifying and reflecting our convictions. As we seek to expand our enterprises, we should consider how they will affect others around us.
We will be able to do what God has asked us to do if we wrap our plans around His word.
The spirit of rivalry is born of a negative attitude toward one another and a need to justify our feelings toward individuals we regard as rivals or whom we are jealous of.
Jealousy is subtle; it seeps into our lives and emotions, eventually morphing into rivalry, an uncontrollable force. Jealousy narrows our perspective and allows us to see only ourselves without regard for others, allowing this to occur.
Recognizing our feelings of jealously toward others we consider competitors is the first step toward breaking free from the spirit of rivalry and becoming the people God created us to be. Rather than being envious of others who have what we want, we should work hard to achieve the recognition we seek.
This spirit of rivalry can be found not only at work, but also in our homes. We know about the biblical narrative of Leah and Rachael, who had a sibling rivalry. This happened as a result of a misunderstanding. Leah felt neglected by Jacob, but God allowed her to have children, and she reasoned that Jacob would love her more if she had more children. Rachael, on the other hand, did not have as many children as Leah, but Jacob adored her, which led to competition. This teaches us to concentrate on our own abilities rather than comparing ourselves to others. We must embrace that we are who God created us to be and that we are sufficient. When we compare ourselves to others, we diminish our God-given abilities and uniqueness.
When we strive to follow in the footsteps of others, we allow the spirit of rivalry to take control. We don’t always know what path the other person traveled to get to where they are or acquire what they have. Knowing that we cannot experience another person’s journey helps us avoid jealously and stay on our own routes. We must appreciate others for who they are and the path they have traveled to get to where they are. This enables us to work together in order to achieve our goals.
When we alter our thinking patterns, we modify how we feel and act, and as a result, we are able to serve others without being competitors. By overcoming our competitive nature, we will be able to push our abilities to be more effective around each other.
“Your dreams thoughts and desires, are just as important as mine are”
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:3-4
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. – Proverbs 14:30
Couples in business should be governed by three things. Best practices, biblical principles and the super natural.
One of the finest practices for every couple that runs a business, according to Gina Tsague, co-founder of Nehemiah Project International Ministries, is to make it a family business, as this is God’s ideal.
We glorify God via our enterprises, so it’s a family business regardless of who God provided the business concept to, whether it’s the husband or the wife. The positions in the business may differ, depending on the season of the marriage. Viewing the company as a family business can help couples set expectations and figure out how to take advantage of the other spouse’s talents.
Knowing the season in which your marriage is in can help you set expectations, understand the rules of engagement, and affirm responsibilities in your business. Good communication between couples in business is a best practice since it helps them avoid misunderstandings and clearly identify priorities as a family and as a family in business. Best practices, regardless of the stage of the company, assist couples in understanding their roles and duties within the family and the company.
Even if the spouse does not play a direct role in the business, it is crucial to remember that they are partners in everything, including the business. Understanding this enables couples in business to support one another as vessels that the Lord uses to aid in the fulfillment of God’s image in oneness. It’s crucial to give heed to your spouse because they can see things differently than you or your coworkers.
Understanding the seasons you’re in as a couple in business is a biblical principle that can help you support one other in any situation you’re in with ease. As a couple in business, trusting in God helps you support one another in moments of uncertainty and doubt.
Blinger’s is one of those stories that starts with a dream. It wasn’t simply any dream; it was a divine revelation.
Angie Cella, author of Blinger: An Entrepreneur’s Faith-Based Journey, tells us about her tale and how she came to found Blinger, and it all starts with a dream.
As Christians, we may have varied experiences with God’s manifestation and direction at different times in our life. God’s manifestation validates our thoughts and assists us in focusing, believing, attracting, and working on them.
Entrepreneurs who have a great concept and believe in it, and who put their faith in God with that idea, God gives them the strength to keep going despite the problems they may face, since He never sends us things we can’t manage.
Perseverance, according to the Bible, develops character and the ability to overcome obstacles. That we should make sacrifices and devote time to building our enterprises in order to accomplish what God has called us to. Despite how difficult our journey may be, we are encouraged to press on because the difficulties may simply be God’s test of faith.
When God calls us to be His stewards and to conduct His business, we must trust that he will lead us in the right direction. For the Blinger’s trip to be successful, it required four years of perseverance, pain, and tenacity. This demonstrates the need of trusting in God throughout our business’s seasons. The seasons that are bountiful outnumber the seasons that are difficult.
Because we know we have been firmly affirmed by God, it is simpler to take time to accomplish other things when everything is in line with our faith. It isn’t about finding a balance because we must alter our emphasis at some time.
Remember that God is trustworthy enough to respond to our prayers. All we have to do now is double-check that we’re asking the appropriate question.
Integrity can be defined as being honest and having strong moral principles and moral uprightness.
We find in the Bible that King Josiah had developed a culture of integrity because everyone around him was trustworthy, When he was desperate to hear from the Lord, he sought Prophetess Huldah for her integrity and honesty. He wanted to do everything right in God’s eyes and following his father David’s footsteps.
Huldah was a servant leader who, like many other biblical women, demonstrated outstanding leadership by her devotion to God. And this made her stand out in the midst of her people.
God was able to use Huldah because of her capacity to speak the Word of God in a clear and articulate manner. She had the bravery to speak God’s Word and warn the nation of the dreadful repercussions of its disobedience without any fear. She was courageous.
She was granted the power to hear and interpret God’s Word, His truth, as we read in 2 Kings 22:14. Huldah did not make use of her gift for selfish gain. She didn’t use her prophecy gift to increase her personal wealth or power.
Huldah used her spiritual talent of prophecy with integrity as she served the Lord, in addition to being courageous. She is noted for leaving a legacy of integrity by putting what the Lord had given her to good use in order to advance His kingdom.
We all make mistakes and fall short of our goals, but if we ask God for forgiveness, He will restore our integrity. As women of integrity, we must always be stewards of God’s truth in our workplaces, whether we have believers or nonbelievers. We need to provide a good example for others to follow.
Leadership requires a lot of courage, character and conquest.
As leaders, we frequently come across things that don’t appear to be right, but we opt to turn a blind eye because we lack the courage to confront the situation.
In the Bible however, we see the example of Esther as a leader full of courage and wisdom. She is depicted as a humble leader who did not think more of herself. As a leader, Esther always puts others’ needs before her own.
Esther’s leadership is timely. It came at a time when Jews were being persecuted. As a leader, she took a stand for her people and defended them. She cared enough about others to use her leadership to defend them. She would have chosen not to identify as a Jew at the time, but when she saw what was about to happen to her people, she bowed down to save them.
This demonstrates that God sets us in situations that we may not see as leadership opportunities, but everything happens for a reason. God reveals the solutions to us when we have faith in Him.
Esther had a strong faith in God. For guidance, she listened to God’s voice. She never acted in her own strength or authority. And it was because of this that she was able to achieve great things. Despite all of the benefits that came with being queen and a leader, Esther maintained her humility and willingness to learn. She actually listened to people who knew more than she did.
As entrepreneurs, Esther teaches us that being coachable and listening to others allows us to tap into their favor as well as the favor of our clients or those we serve. Being coachable allows us to open opportunities and make better judgments.
Despite the difficulties she faced, Esther did not believe that leadership meant dominating with an iron hand, but rather that it meant adopting strategic preparation to attain your goals. Esther refused to be consumed by her role as a leader. She was soft-spoken, which helped her achieve what she desired. In the end, she was able to defeat her enemies.
When we achieve our objectives as leaders, we must always remember to give thanks to God. Recognizing and thanking God for all He has done enables us to tackle new problems with bravery and compassion for one another.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” -Deut 31:6
Leadership can be defined as the ability to persuade others to work toward a common objective.
Our leadership talents are influenced by our backgrounds. Being born into a family of leaders encourages us to want to be great leaders. This is called natural leadership. Miriam, Moses’ sister, is a good example of a natural leader in the Bible.
We first witness Miriam’s leadership skills at a young age, when she was tasked with ensuring her newborn brother’s safety by placing him in the basket to save him. Later, she goes out of her way to assure his safety by requesting that her mother looks after the baby.
We may have all of the best leadership qualities but there are times when circumstances get in the way of us being the best leaders we can be. Some we may be aware of, while others we may be oblivious to. God grants us leadership qualities and skills, but we lose sight of our main purpose when we start comparing ourselves to others.
Even though we may have this natural quality when it comes to leading others, we may only go so far because like every other talent, leadership needs to be nurtured and developed while being used for God’s purpose. Our innate ability to lead may well be weakened if we lack strong faith and rely on God for guidance.
Miriam battled for the release of Israelites, but she failed to realize her own leadership flaws, resulting in a conflict with her brother Moses. She died before reaching the promised land because she did not repent of her sins. She faltered in the end, despite being a good leader.
When it comes to failing leadership, or when leadership is on the edge of failing, it’s critical to keep emotions and actions in check. When we start grumbling about what’s going on around us, we lose sight of our ultimate goals as leaders.
When we are going through a trying time, we must keep returning to God, who will restore our eyesight. When we fall short, we must go back and seek forgiveness from individuals we may have harmed or offended, as well as from God.
As leaders, we should understand that faltering and falling isn’t the end, for God will always restore us and our positions of leadership. God provides us with the resources we require to complete the job He has entrusted to us.