Thy Kingdom Come…at Work?

October 11, 2016

What would America look like if faith was celebrated rather than segregated in the workplace?  

It would seem that we have passively accepted a social doctrine that calls for a revival of marketplace ethics yet oppresses fundamental integrity.  If operating with integrity is a function of wholeness and consistency, to suggest we can deny who we are or what we are called to be for 8-10 hours a day without social consequence is naïve.  Indeed, advising people to disengage from their divine purpose and very identity fosters a fractured psychology and schizophrenic values system. This route is destined for catastrophe as our global newsreel illustrates. Even Chinese economists appreciate the inseparable linkage between a vibrant Christian faith and thriving free market society[1].

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Life’s Tough. What Did You Expect?

September 7, 2016

A Message from The C12 Group Founder, Buck Jacobs.

So much of how we feel about our lives is based on how things are compared to our expectations of how they should be. Expectations are shaped and influenced by the subliminal noise we are constantly subjected to, and most often unaware of. It is no wonder that for many, life is lived with a feeling of vague frustration that often leads to hopelessness or a frantic search for “something more.” False expectations can give way to extreme busyness, addictive acquisition, more frustration, or worse.

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Results Matter

August 30, 2016

At The C12 Group, our first core value as an organization is “Results Matter” which we define as, “Focusing on
actions and activities that deliver our goal of growing great businesses and expanding the Kingdom of God.
” Too many Christians are known for thinking, talking, considering, and praying without moving their feet, employing their hands, and holding each other accountable for the fruitfulness of being engaged on mission. It’s been said that “Vision without execution is hallucination.” James the brother of Jesus bluntly said, “Faith without action is dead/worthless,” and Jesus himself through parables, like the 10 Talents, confirmed while grace is not about earning, it does fuel our efforts and accountability!

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In ALL Your Ways

August 9, 2016

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.   (Proverbs 3:5-7)

Discern God’s will and do it. That is is the essence of the Christian journey. God commands (not asks) us to let Him permeate every aspect of our being, every activity we engage in, with complete trust in His divine guidance—whether or not it conforms to our own reasoning. Yes, it’s a call to submission and surrender, and it will likely cost you some things you hold dear; but, don’t miss the good news here. When we submit to His Lordship in all our ways, He reveals His will and plan to produce the very best for us. Just as God has designed a plan for your life, He has one for your company as well, and you can know what that plan is. In His infinite goodness, He takes all the guesswork out of it.

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The Locker Room: Retreat in Order to Advance

August 3, 2016

The locker room is a place to take a breather in the middle of an intense game, a safe environment that’s shielded from the threats of your competition, a place to re-focus and re-energize so you can return to the field and give your very best.

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A Compelling Vision Isn’t Quite Enough

July 27, 2016

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! -Psalm 133:1

As Christian business leaders, we understand that in all our endeavors, unity and alignment matter. In work, as in life and ministry, unity is vital for long-term team development, success, and fruitfulness. Accordingly, we put time and effort into carefully-crafted mission statements and well-articulated core values. We “write the vision down and make it plain” in the employee handbook, display our values on the walls, and train new hires in the shared language of our corporate culture.

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Renewal or Redundancy? Write Your Own Game Plan

July 11, 2016

Businesses and organizations have used key performance indicators (KPIs) for decades to determine how well they’re tracking toward goals. These metrics typically evaluate success through quantifiable data, and can be used across multiple areas of business such as sales, marketing, supply chains, and finances.

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Have You Stopped to Check Your Tread?

July 7, 2016

Running your business is a lot like embarking on a long road trip. You plan, prepare, and commit a season of your life to persevering on, no matter what the journey brings.

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Are YOU the Bottleneck?

July 6, 2016

He was a strong, visionary leader and expert manager who navigated what is arguably one of the greatest organizational turnarounds in human history. A staggering number of people followed his leadership into an unknown and uncertain future. He was their instructor, counselor, and arbiter. He was a major player in their greatest successes. His name was Moses, and at the height of his leadership tenure, he unwittingly became the bottleneck to his followers’ growth and his own effectiveness. If what follows shines light on an area of challenge for you, know that you’re in good company.

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Leadership and Stewardship: Developing Habits to Sharpen Your Impact

June 29, 2016

Leadership and stewardship go hand-in-hand. Business success alone is meaningless — it’s how you use that success to make a positive impact on people and advance God’s kingdom that truly matters.

Too often, Christian business owners and CEOs try to separate their business leadership from their Christian ministry, assuming they can do well in both without integrating them together.

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