• Books I have read in 2010: 1

    Good to Great

First Who…Then What

Debb and I met today to discuss the next chapter in Jim Collins’ book, Good to Great.  I really enjoyed reading the “First Who…Then What” chapter and actually found that I needed to be a little persuaded by Collins as he presented this idea. 

The idea behind this chapter is that if you have the “right people on the bus” you can more easily establish the vision of your organization and because you have the right type of people they will be fine with whatever direction you head.  My first reaction was that the right vision would attract the right people, but my thinking is slightly flawed in that if your organization has to change directions or adjust then those right people might become the wrong people. 

My thought process was also impacted by the fact that here at Dare 2 Share, for the last 12-18 months, we have put alot of energy into our mission and vision.  The recently, due to unfortunate circumstances related to a difficult economy, we had to lay 5 people off.  A very difficult experience this past year.  Since we were recently coming off of the lay-off which came after such a long process of establishing vision my experience was inverted compared to Jim Collins’ advice.

Collins also discussed how to be rigorous in determining getting the right people on the bus (and the wrong people off the bus) as well as making sure that the people on the bus are in the right seats.  He offers up the following 3 Practical Disciplines:

  1. When in doubt, don’t hire.  Keep looking
  2. When you know you need to make a people change, act.
  3. Put your best people on your biggest opportunities, not your biggest problems.

APPLICATION: In processing this chapter and these final 3 Practical Disciplines I immediately began to think of what this would look like for the Sales Team at Dare 2 Share.

  • We have a very rigorous hiring process in place at Dare 2 Share, especially for the Sales Team.  This reinforces for me that it is much more important to hire the right people to begin with and to put a continued emphasis on character, work ethic, values, and basic intelligence than educational background or experience.
  • I struggle with the second principle in that I have been able to identify people that have been the wrong people on the bus, but being in a ministry lends itself to more grace and a strong desire to give people the benefit of the doubt.  The principle is easy to understand but difficult to put into practice, but acting sooner than later in this instance should prevail.
  • The third and final principle is one that I am most excited about as I am going to have the opportunity to implement it in the next few months.  With the recent lay-offs we are understaffed.  We also have some changes in our conference schedule for next year.  Those two factors will contribute to needing to reassign some of my staff to different assignments.  This principle will now be the first filter I put my ideas through in making those assignments.  I will be sure to post my conclusions as those decisions are made in the next 8-12 weeks.

Faith is not always “charge!”

We had an all staff meeting today at Dare 2 Share and Greg shared an idea with us that caused me to pause.  He said, “Faith is not always ‘charge!'”  The idea behind this statement is that often times in our faith journey to move forward and grow doesn’t mean that we will always be charging ahead.  It could be the exact opposite – we need to take a few steps back in order to move forward.  I don’t disagree with this statement at all.  There are several verses in the Bible that express this same idea:

Exodus 14:14 “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Psalm 37:7 “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
       do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
       when they carry out their wicked schemes.”

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God;
       I will be exalted among the nations,
       I will be exalted in the earth.”

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Mark 6:31 “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

All of this to say I understand that “faith is not always ‘charge!'”  What caused me to pause and ponder this today was the journey that I am currently on – pursuing the calling to successfully merge ministry and business to exponentially advance the Kingdom of God!  Does this same idea apply to the business world? Can you make the same statement about a business or an organization?  Is it a rational idea to say, “business is not always ‘charge!'”?  I would love your thoughts on what seems to a paradox and tension between the two worlds that I live in: ministry and business.

A heart for Jesus and a mind for business,

Becoming the best Christian businessman in the world!

There are two verses from the Bible that have compelled me to be the best at whatever it is I pursue in life.  The first is found in Colossians 3:23-24.

23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

The second is very similar to it and is found in 1 Corinthians 10:31.

 31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

My name is Jason Lamb and I serve God at Dare 2 Share Ministries near Denver, CO as the Director of Sales & Youth Ministry Services.  Through this position, studying scripture, reading several business and leadership books, and the mentoring of many wise people – they have all culminated to one critical question in life: “What will it take to be the best in the world at whatever you do?”  As you may have already pieced together, asking myself this question fueled by the verse above has given birth to this blog.  This will be the record of my journey as combine two of my great passions in life: a heart for Jesus and a mind for business.

At first I phrased my goal as “Becoming the best Christian businessman in the world,” but that doesn’t quite accurately capture the essence of what I am striving for.  The fact is I want to excel at combining ministry and business.  To be successful at both will require striving for a maximum Kingdom impact while executing sound business principles that will, simply put, generate revenue. 

For the last few years I have been wrestling through where I am headed in life and how I’m going to get there.  I went to college at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina pursuing my calling into Youth Ministry.  I served full-time in two churches for a total of 7 years doing just that.  There are some days when I have the itch to be a Youth Pastor again but after wrestling through that I am confident and excited that Dare 2 Share is where God wants me to be and that He has positioned me here to accomplish my goals!

For those of you who are reading along, thanks for joining me on this journey!  I look forward to what God teaches me through His Word, mentors He has put in my life, the random people I will meet along the way, and the many books I plan on reading in 2010.  This actually brings me to the driving force behind my blog for this year.  I have decided that to keep myself moving in the right direction and to give myself something to measure progress against I am pursuing a practical goal for 2010: read a book a week.  For more on that, click on the “a book a week” tab at the top of this page.

A heart for Jesus & a mind for business,