My Business On Purpose

Sinopse

The Business On Purpose Podcast is a weekly podcast dedicated to equipping, inspiring, and mobilizing you to live out your skill set to serve others and glorify God. My goal is to help small business owners and organizational leaders unlock the things you cannot see, and develop actionable strategies and systems that will help you live out your business on purpose.

Episódios

  • 376: Edison Did NOT Invent The Lightbulb...But He Did Build Something Better

    376: Edison Did NOT Invent The Lightbulb...But He Did Build Something Better

    14/04/2020 Duração: 07min

    Since I can remember Thomas Edison was the inventor of the light bulb.   Until I read Richard Friday’s insightful book The Great Reset and found out Edison in fact did not invent the lightbulb.   In the early 1800’s Sir Humphrey Davy began inventing a variety of safety lamps for coal miners and presented them to the Royal Society in return for accolades.     On into the mid-1800’s lamp technology began to be encased in a glass bulb through other adventurous English inventors.     It wasn’t until the latter half of the 1800’s that Edison would form the Edison Light Company and begin commercially perfecting and lighting up entire cities.     Although Edison did not invent the light bulb, he and his Menlo Park team certainly perfected the light bulb and even more importantly created a system for mass delivery which would go on to revolutionize an entire planet and it’s ensuing economic revolutions.     Last night, a massive storm rolled through our town and the dog woke us up freaked out.  The power went out whi

  • 375: What REAL Leadership Looks Like In The Midst Of A Pandemic

    375: What REAL Leadership Looks Like In The Midst Of A Pandemic

    14/04/2020 Duração: 09min

    I’ve been working through the true account of Earnest Shackleton’s 1914 voyage from England to Antarctica where Shackleton, and an entire British nation were hoping he would be the first man to cross the Antarctic continent on foot.   I’m a little more than three fourths of the way through Alfred Lansing’s powerfully descriptive book “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage” and already the principles of leadership in light of our current global pandemic are glaring.   Leadership is no longer a nice-to-have conference topic with palatable nuggets to fill mandatory business training time.  Leadership, as it stands today, is literally life and death as unemployment towers over what during the Great Recession now seems mild, and healthcare workers in certain locales throughout the world are teetering on acute burnout.     The idea behind endurance is the motion to push through hard things.  The assumption in the definition is that things are hard. Today, things are hard.   This was such a challenging expeditio

  • SPECIAL: Work On Your Dock While The Tide Is Out...And The Tide IS Out

    SPECIAL: Work On Your Dock While The Tide Is Out...And The Tide IS Out

    19/03/2020 Duração: 28min

    Jason had the job of his dreams.  He was mostly working with people aligned with his values.  Working for people who were considered vulnerable and in need.  And was responsible to a board of directors who, for the most part, were cheering him on and providing the insight and support that he needed to lead this important organization towards its vision. Daily Jason was meeting with team members and stakeholders.   Weekly Jason was holding leadership meetings to cast vision, follow up, and implement important details of their work all aligned with their mission and values. Jason was visiting the work sites to encourage, train, audit, understand, strategize, and lead.  Jason was learning more than he had ever learned, struggling through more than he had ever slugged through, and was truly working within his skillset and growing his skillset. Jason also had a helpful team to delegate things to and run new ideas.  Periodically there was frustration and misalignment, but it usually was worked through with intentio

  • 373: Every Owner Needs An Implementer: Here Is What They Look Like

    373: Every Owner Needs An Implementer: Here Is What They Look Like

    17/03/2020 Duração: 09min

    Starting out in the survival stage of your business meant you spent most days dreaming, doing, and making sure that everything is being held together. Growth slowly (sometimes not so slowly) begins to creep in and before you know it you are maxed out not knowing how to get it all done in a 24 hour day. Jason has spent years on this hamster wheel and his health and family are starting to really pay the price.  Sure, he has some access to cash and resources but absolutely no time to enjoy any of it. Part of the reason he started his business is to create margin to spend more time with his family and more time giving to the passions that he and his wife share.  Instead, Jason is spending the majority of his time with other families making sure their home is maintained...neglecting his own maintenance. How do you jump off the hamster wheel and start to grab and enjoy the margin that is so widely promoted to entrepreneurs (aka, “you can be your own boss...set your own hours…”)? There is a high likelihood that as a

  • 372: How We Turned My Coaching Into A System...So OTHERS Could Benefit

    372: How We Turned My Coaching Into A System...So OTHERS Could Benefit

    03/03/2020 Duração: 07min

    The first time I stepped foot onto Nigerian soil it was clear, “this was way different than home.” We have been traveling in and out of Nigeria since 2006 and have developed some dear friends and partners during that time allowing us to work on important projects. While in Nigeria the climate feels different, the food tastes different, the accents are different, the business climate is different...it’s just different. Yet still when I look up in the evening against a dark sky what I see is exactly the same.  The same stars and moon as I am used to back home.   When you coach business owners their offices look different, their teams look different, their products look different, their customers look different...they are all different. So how do you systematically liberate business owners from chaos when everything is different?   I realized a few years back that the coaching playbook I would walk business owners through was not a set of strategies but instead a toolbox of principles.  It is a toolbox that has

  • 371: 4 Things You Can (Err...Should) Do When You Feel Chaos...Starting Tonight

    371: 4 Things You Can (Err...Should) Do When You Feel Chaos...Starting Tonight

    18/02/2020 Duração: 09min

    Over the weekend I devoured John Eldredge’s new book, Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices For A World Gone Mad. A line in his introduction had me hooked as he was laying out the purpose of the book, “I found myself flinching when a friend texted and asked for some time.  I didn’t want to open email for fear of the demands I’d find there…It made me wonder -- am I becoming a less loving person?” How I wish that line didn’t resonate when I read it.  But it did.   Towards the final pages of the book Eldredge diagnoses what is really going on, “these are symptoms that we’re running on fumes.” Chaos is a gas-guzzler and has a high emotional fuel burn rate especially for those in the service and “helper” industries. As you build and grow your business, here are low to no-cost steps you can take to both re-fuel while burning less fuel. First, make time for a daily walk.  This may or may not be your regular sweat-exercise.  The goal with a walk is to get outside. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates t

  • 370: 7 Steps To Become The Leader Youre Looking For Is Looking For

    370: 7 Steps To Become The Leader You're Looking For Is Looking For

    10/02/2020 Duração: 11min

    There are seven things you will have to obsess over and implement if you wish to be the “leader that your looking for is looking for”   The Leader Your Looking for wants a WRITTEN and repeated Vision   Story: BOP began in March of 2015.  Most of my biz owner friends had what everyone saw as a successful biz...and they worked hard.  When I began to ask them, do you know where you’re biz headed? There response was unanimous…”NO” You ought to see the heartbeat a team member when WRITTEN VISION gets shared...it’s like a dry-soul gulping fresh water Why? Prov 29:18 - people die where there is no vision   Hab 2:2 - it is a catalyst for others to RUN!   How?  2-5 pages of details around these 7 categories: Term, Family/Freedom, Finances, Product/Service, Team, Client, Culture A dream is a loosely held ideal...VISION is specific and clear!   The Leader your looking for wants a WRITTEN and repeated Mission Statement   Story: Care Africa (voiceless, exhausted) They are investing courage into the voi

  • 368: The One Word We Are Focused On In 2020

    368: The One Word We Are Focused On In 2020

    22/01/2020 Duração: 10min

    We are wrapping our fifth calendar year as a business and in pursuit of our mission to liberate business owners from the chaos of working IN their business so they can build a business on purpose and leverage their business AS their mission in life. Why We Are Doing This Work E.F. Schumacher says there are three purposes to work: To provide a necessary and useful good or service To enable every one of us to use and thereby perfect our gifts like good stewards To liberate ourselves from our inborn egocentricity (i.e. we work so we can be humbled and therefore humble) To us, our work is a display of our faith.  Faith is the conviction of something that does not exist, and work is the creation of that thing that we see only in our minds that would be useful to others. When we coach, plan, prepare, market, support, encourage, and research we are doing so to create something useful to others and to ourselves. As to our mission, we have an enemy that hastles our dear business owners.  Chaos. Chaos has set the gro

  • 359: Three Realities That You Have The Wrong Vision

    359: Three Realities That You Have The Wrong Vision

    16/01/2020 Duração: 10min

    Michael Beaumont was doing a masterful job yesterday of teaching about the priority and necessity of vision.  I was in my happy place. There were friends who I could here in our small church meeting space snickering and chuckling as Michael talked about vision, as if to say, “Scott must be lapping this stuff up!!”  Michael then shared a story about Matthew Emmons that made me immediately think of you, the business owner.  Emmons is University trained in finance and management and moonlights as one of the world’s premier rifle marksman having won multiple Olympic medals.  Emmons was competing in Athens, Greece during the 2004 Olympics and was on his way to winning a gold medal.  It was time for the three positions competition where competitors “fire .22 caliber smallbore rifles from the prone, standing, and kneeling positions at targets 50 meters downrange. The bullseye is 10.4 millimeters in diameter, smaller than a dime” (Washington Post). It was time for his final shot and he drilled it.  A bullseye. The of

  • 367: Four Powerful Books For You To Read In 2020

    367: Four Powerful Books For You To Read In 2020

    16/01/2020 Duração: 08min

    Over the holiday break I had a chance to restructure my bookshelves and do one of my favorite things...meander through my books! Books are NOT just for nerds like me.  Books are a wise conversation with an old soul.   Hemingway said, “no friend is as loyal as a book.”   Jefferson said simply, “I cannot live without books.” Or how about this more modern Game Of Thrones reference, “... a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” You will need to keep your edge throughout 2020 as it is an important year, and books will sharpen you.  Here are four books that I recommend you load up for 2020 and spend time re-investing in yourself (in no particular order)...   The Alchemist by Pablo Coelho (1988): It is an adventure book of wisdom.  My son and I listened to it in the car on the way to school everyday last year and what a treat! This Is Marketing by Seth Godin (2018): Although a relatively new book it is an important discussion, non-traditional walk through the most frustrating (a

  • 366: STOP Doing It All Yourself This Year: Three Clear Steps To Getting Someone Else To REALLY Help You

    366: STOP Doing It All Yourself This Year: Three Clear Steps To Getting Someone Else To REALLY Help You

    07/01/2020 Duração: 08min

    Last month we hosted our 9th BOP 12 Week Plan LIVE Event with over 130 business owners and key leaders in the room all culminating with each person working on their next 12 week plan. Each event we ask for feedback on what people are struggling with, it was overwhelmingly clear what the current headache is in owning a business.  One owner said it this way, “I need to cut the distractions, and get a real employee to help me!” The curse of the business owner is taking the superhero mindset into their business and setting a stage where they are the promoter, the actor, the director, the stage hand, the writer, the ticket seller, the janitor, and everything in between. We believe that no one is equipped to help.  We say things like, “I hate having to have employees.”   In reality, employees generally want to be useful and valuable to the organization that they are a part of.  We tend to be the missing link. Here are five clear things you can do to make sure that your mission gets the help it needs. First, do you

  • 365: The Easiest Goal-Setting Process For 2020 For Owners AND Key Leaders

    365: The Easiest Goal-Setting Process For 2020 For Owners AND Key Leaders

    02/12/2019 Duração: 11min

    Now is about the time that owners and key leaders think, “we need a plan for next year!” You are right...you do.  What about last years plan?  Did it work? Did you stick to it?   Do goals and plans even work?   Through our in depth research we have uncovered the secret in what plans and goal-setting tools work and which do not.  Stay tunes and I will answer that in a minute.   But first, why do we need a goal setting plan in the first place?   This is a story of two boats.  Both boats were planning to leave the safe harbour of Ft. Lauderdale with their destination (vision) set on Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas.   One boat arrived safely in Marsh Harbor the same afternoon they departed Ft. Lauderdale ...the other boat was lost at sea, frustrated and cursing God for not “blessing” them with a safe arrival.   When we dig a bit deeper we find some helpful information learned from both situations.   The first boat that arrived safely had spent two weeks preparing for the trip with a simple, written checklist on a sim

  • 358: Systems Are Essential For Business Owner Survival...And Everything Else In Life

    358: Systems Are Essential For Business Owner Survival...And Everything Else In Life

    02/12/2019 Duração: 10min

    In his book Work The System Sam Carpenter writes, “systems are the invisible threads that hold the fabric of our lives together.”   Carpenter goes on in his book to describe how his spiritual atheistic worldview was even changed not because to typical religious education or training but instead because of the systems he saw around him.   In order for you to read or listen to (check out the Business On Purpose YouTube channel and the My Business On Purpose Podcast) this article, thousands of systems must have been working in symphony.  The electricity grid, my Macbook Pro, the internet connection, my bluetooth keyboard, operating systems, Google Docs, the English language, your education and ability to read, and on and on. All of these systems must be functioning in concert with predictable repetition so that I could share this message with you.   Once I complete this article we will then create images and headlines that we hope will appeal to you based on the system that we have designed to help us understand

  • 357: Why You Must INTENTIONALLY Slow Down Your Hiring Process

    357: Why You Must INTENTIONALLY Slow Down Your Hiring Process

    26/11/2019 Duração: 12min

    An article from Gettysburg College tells us we will spend roughly 90,000 hours of our life at work. That is one third of every day of our life...working. Owners have a responsibility for creating businesses that produce value for customers, profit for the business, and jobs for millions of people. As you build your business in whatever stage you are in (typically five different stages from “Survival” to “Legacy”), people are going to be a part of it.   If you are a solopreneur, a gig-er, or a freelancer, at some point you will outsource bookkeeping, taxes, graphic design, marketing, or some other service that will dramatically help you focus on your narrow brilliance. Surveying heroic business owners for the past five years we have found that outside of managing time, their biggest headache is found in one simple word; employees. It does not have to be that way. Life is loaded with concrete reality and fluid emotion.   Employees and owners alike both bring that dualistic reality with them at home and to work

  • 364: How To Recommit To The Purpose Of Your Business

    364: How To Recommit To The Purpose Of Your Business

    26/11/2019 Duração: 13min

    Recently I received an email from a client who is a part of our Architects coaching program which is known as the Architecture Firm Freedom Formula (Dream Practice Accelerator) serving Architects, Engineers, and Interior Designers.. It is a program that Enoch Sears and I have run jointly for four years and we’ve had the privilege of seeing more than 100 Architects through the program around the world from Namibia, to Croatia, China, to Scotland, Canada, and the United States. We hear regular feedback from our heroic firm owners about real life challenges they are facing, and struggles of running a successful firm. This is an honest peek into the life of one such firm owner who was literally about to throw in the towel, but has been refreshed and recommitted after seeing the simple power of serving her widowed mother.   Dear Scott and Enoch, This is just an email to touch base and let you know I'm still alive:))  But more importantly, that I had a break through recently, thanks to the influence of you guys, th

  • 355 How An Owners Office Should Be Setup This Picture Is Worth 1000 Coaching Sessions

    355 How An Owners Office Should Be Setup This Picture Is Worth 1000 Coaching Sessions

    09/10/2019 Duração: 09min

    My very first job in High School was working for my neighbors who owned Country Boy’s Home & Garden Center in Greenville, SC. My office space was an outdoor nursery filled with plants, herbs, shrubs, pine needles and produce.  Allen and Lucy were generous to provide me with more responsibility than a 15 year old kid should have had.  It was a great training ground. From there my office spaces consisted of a cubicle, a car, an airplane, and now a secluded space overlooking a beautiful lowcountry view.   Even with seclusion, distraction is just a click away.  Owners and key leaders must have incredible discipline to resist distraction and to set space where distraction is a minimum. Enter the “owners space”. While working with a non-governmental organization I spent time with a number of stakeholders of the organization.  One such stakeholder was a much older man who was a land developer and philanthropist in North Texas. In the 2000’s, his office still carried the interior design touches of an office outfi

  • 354 How To Position Your Business As A Platform To Help Employees Eliminate 68k In Debt

    354 How To Position Your Business As A Platform To Help Employees Eliminate 68k In Debt

    03/10/2019 Duração: 11min

    Too many owners see their businesses either as an irritation to endure or as a machine merely for profit-generation. A business is so much more. Business and commerce are incredible tools in the hands of thoughtful owners that can be leveraged as a powerful force for life transformation in the major areas of life-- faith, family, finances, friends, etc. Ryan O’Shaugnessey’s is a growing Project Manager at Premier Exteriors LLC.  Ryan and his wife are an intentional young couple who have been working hard to set up into adulthood found themselves, as so many do, in debt that placed a constriction to the household. Zack Howard, the head of Operations for Taylors Quality Landscape Supply likewise found himself swimming both in “big boy toys” and swimming equally in debt.    Culturally it has become the norm to look down the proverbial block and see what “The Joneses” have and make a subtle, often subconscious, and consequential decision thinking, “surely if they can afford that then I can too.”   Credit lenders

  • 353: How WRITING Out Your Values Can Help You Quit Smoking Or Build A Powerful Business?

    353: How WRITING Out Your Values Can Help You Quit Smoking Or Build A Powerful Business?

    25/09/2019 Duração: 10min

    Coaching business owners has allowed us some pretty exciting highs.  Coaching also requires the thickening of a coach's skin. There are plenty of days where I show up to “practice” ready to coach and the response is a subtle eye roll from an owner, “Really?  We’re going to talk about this again?”   Most Tuesday nights throughout the school year we have a group of teenage emerging-men to our house for “Man Up Night”.  It’s really a case study in teenage male interaction. Shiny squirrels, bazaar sounds, curious thoughts, unrealistic competition, and the world's newest game, plunger wars (don’t ask).   One of these young emerging men walked into the house on a Tuesday and I asked him, “how was practice?”  His response, “just like always...it sucked.”   The truth of that statement is that it is hard.  What gets missed in our bemoaning practice is when that young emerging-man shows up this Friday night to his live game, he will be overwhelmingly grateful and satisfied that he put in the hard work of repetitious, e

  • 352 Building a Recession Proof or Reinforced Business In Preparation For A Market Storm

    352 Building a Recession Proof or Reinforced Business In Preparation For A Market Storm

    24/09/2019 Duração: 11min

    The headline landed this past week that so many thought might be coming… Since 2008 virtually every business owner has thought, “when will the next recession come and how bad will it be?”   Yours truly has wrestled with the same question during moments of emotional and mental weakness in my well-documented struggle with fear.   Recently though I have wondered, “could I approach a market dip with enthusiasm and expectation rather than doom and gloom?”   I believe so, here is what I mean.   The lowcountry of South Carolina, where our family lives, has been on the receiving end of active hurricanes each of the past three years.  It is nice to believe that we can hurricane-proof our home. The reality though is that the best we can possibly work towards is a thoughtfully hurricane-reinforced home.     My neighbor Fred actually owns a small hurricane-shutter business allowing homes and businesses to provide reinforcement in nasty weather.  But if that hurricane barrels in as a direct Category 5, not even Fred’s st

  • 351: Slow Is The New Fast And Wisdom Is The Game-Changing Tool

    351: Slow Is The New Fast And Wisdom Is The Game-Changing Tool

    10/09/2019 Duração: 06min

    “Wig”, as most call him, sat in front of me over the simplicity of a Subway sandwich shop table and motioned his arm with a fist up and down saying thoughtfully and slowly, “it’s about wisdom.”   Wisdom. Last week I was with a group of Cross Country athletes from our local High School and had them answer this question, “What is wisdom?” Their answers were thoughtful and aware-- sincere and slow.   These student-athletes were genuinely thinking about the question.  It was not a case of “let me just spit out an answer so this guy can move on and we can go do anything other than this!”   Wisdom forces us to slow down and listen closely.   Wisdom invites us to lean in and fine tune our ears to hear.  Wisdom speaks in truth, prudence, good judgement, plain-terms, knowledge, discernment, insight, strength, service, eagerness, right-ness, experience, longevity, instruction, joy, and life. Business Owners are invited daily to walk away from Wisdom and instead to go down the wide, inviting, luxurious path of deception

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