In this Wall Street Journal article, Ruth Mantell lists the top four job skills for those seeking a promotion or a new job in the coming year. Number one on the list is the ability to communicate well. She offers specifics about verbal and written communication, and practical advice about other skills that are even more important in this economy.
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Daniel Baylis writes in Fast Company's Co.Exist blog that honesty and transparency are no longer simply marks of personal morality, but are necessary components of good business. The proverbial curtain is coming down one way or another -- either others will expose a brand's secrets or the company can. Baylis warns brands to "lift the curtain before it gets ripped open. Be brave and be honest."
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 40 percent of workers reported that their job was very or extremely stressful. Perhaps you can relate. Author J.B Wood writes in The High Calling about how self-compassion can help you be happier and cope with stress at work.
This is the first in a series of blog posts from The Institute for Faith and Work Economics about what a Biblical doctrine of work looks like in everyday life. This first post features Luther Weber, an independent architect. Greg Ayers interviews Luther " about his craft and how his faith impacts his approach to architecture."
What does the high-stress world of finance have to do with the Kingdom of God? You’ll see when you watch this video about Bridgeway Capital Management, a Houston-based investment management firm with $2.0 billion in assets under management.
David Roth with WorkMatters shares his ideas for practically thanking the people you work with. This post can be a good tool to show people you work with the love of Christ for anytime of year.
Former Navy SEAL Brent Gleeson believes the difference between good and great leadership is loyalty. Gleeson brings his SEAL training about loyalty into his job as a business owner. Read his loyalty lessons that apply to business at Inc.com.
by: Daniel Southern
“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind” —Albert Einstein
Most of the prominent Bible characters were not professional religious leaders. They had jobs in what many call the "secular workplace." For example, Abraham and Jacob were ranchers. Joseph, Daniel, and Nehemiah were in government service. Even Jesus spent 90 percent of his life living and working in a small business.
Just before the election several articles offered good advice for political discussions in the workplace. Whether you're mourning or rejoicing over the outcome, there's something to learn from these articles about discussing topics where strong feelings lurk below the surface. Humility and grace go a long way then talking about politics and faith.
Diane Paddison, Harvard MBA, is Chief Strategy Officer of Cassidy Turley, founder of 4wordwomen.org, and author of Work, Love Pray. In an op ed in USA Today, she discusses Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's headline-producing pregnancy. Diane believes that what’s good for the family is good for business. Do you agree?
As more Christians consider Business as Mission a viable way to spread the gospel, Susan Lund of McKinsey Global outlines several economic advantages. If Lund is correct, Christian business leaders have a tremendous opportunity to decrease poverty, increase their bottom line, and further God’s kingdom agenda in Africa. How can you use your business skills to decrease poverty?
Business is a moral enterprise -- something R.G. LeTourneau, American industrialist and LeTourneau University founder, strongly believed. In a video interview, Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute makes a compelling case for the moral value of free enterprise.
When great ideas get stuck in organizational bottlenecks, no one wins. Forbes contributor Erika Andersen says companies need to make it easier to select and scale the most promising ideas. She offers five ways to unclog areas that keep great ideas from being implemented.
Is there such thing as a Christian perspective of compensation? What constitutes fair pay, and how should it be determined? John Terrill, from Seattle Pacific's Center for Integrity in Business, offers practical guidelines, for both employers and employees, on this complex and personal topic.