You can find value in the most unlikely places. In Matthew 13, Jesus tells two parables to His disciples about money, profits, and value. He says, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it” (Mt. 13:44–46).

The idea of a hidden treasure…


I have studied the Bible for years and have often read the words for encouragement, consolation, improvement, and inspiration. I have also found that it contains the best principles to build a successful business. The following principles will help any leader grow their business and kingdom impact so they will be able to hear the words “Well done” both in this life and the next.

Principle #1 — Always take the second step.

Go a little further. Always do more than anticipated and expected. Surprise others by paying attention to the little things that others don’t. Be different.

A principle…


Commitments From The Remote Worker

In the new business reality of remote work or telework, every employee must take ownership to ensure that their remote work environments are conducive to completing excellent work. Remote work can be beneficial to companies and employees, as it provides workplace flexibility for the employee and growth opportunities for the company. In this partnership relationship, it is critical for the employee to embrace an attitude of excellence as they seek to make commitments to the organization about how they will perform as an employee working remotely.

Business leaders and CEOs desire to hear and see…


Just as businesses can get stuck at a certain level of performance, leaders can get stuck at a certain level when faced with difficult decisions or choices. Leaders who wish to lead well should consider if they are stuck at a current level of performance and what needs to be done to move both themselves and the organization forward. Every leader can become stuck in their leadership.

It is wise to be determined, but every leader must guard against becoming stubborn in the areas where they are stuck. Many decisions or actions can cause a leader to become stuck. Leaders…


In times of crisis or difficulties in the economy, the need for a good brand is more important than ever. Good brands stand firm in times of a crisis. How companies respond during a crisis will often determine how customers feel about the brand after a crisis occurs. Time of crisis and difficulty can often be the best time to develop or enhance an organization’s brand.

The brand of a company should communicate the company’s value and commitment that the company has to the customer. There is no better time to communicate to the customer then in difficult and hard…


The time that a leader spends with their team is the most crucial time that happens in an organization. The information discussed in the meetings and the decisions made in them have far-reaching impacts for both the employees and the organization. Wise leaders enhance their leadership by mastering both one-on-one meetings and team meetings.

Unfortunately, many businesses have unproductive and unsuccessful meetings. A meeting that lacks purpose and is poorly run becomes a distraction and an unempowering event; on the other hand, a productive meeting can lead to breakthroughs.

Every business and organization conducts some form of meetings. However, does…


Customer loyalty is an essential competitive advantage that is necessary to stand out in a competitive marketplace. However, many companies and business leaders are focused more on attracting new customers rather than working to retain the customer that they have already acquired. For example, a company will release special pricing to gain and attract a new customer, but very seldom will offer specials to customers who have been using their products or service for some time.

A retained customer can translate into a profitable and personal competitive advantage for a business. Retained customers are more likely to have opportunities to…


Words have power. Jesus understood the power of words. The words that He spoke in his sermons, daily interactions and parables are still recalled thousands of years after His death and resurrection.

1. With power

Jesus was different. He acted differently than the other religious leaders of the day. Jesus also communicated differently, speaking and teaching with passion. As Matthew 7:29 says of His communication style: “He taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.”

Note the phrase “one who had authority.” Jesus taught with grace and compassion, but also with conviction and belief…


Leaders like having plenty of options when deciding on paths to take in business. Although options are beneficial when considering choices to make, slowing down the process of decision making can sabotage business success. Why? It creates confusion.

It is far better for a leader to reach a “yes” or “no” decision than to fall into the trap of waiting. Waiting can cause business leaders to become indecisive. This is especially harmful if a leader wants to encourage their team members to make decisions rather than let decisions only happen under their watch.

I highly recommend that leaders be wary…


Nothing can be harder on a CEO than when the company isn’t producing the results that were expected and anticipated. Companies, just like individuals, have good days and bad days. Sometimes, those bad days can go on for weeks or even months. For companies, a lengthy series of bad days is often associated with weak profits, lower sales, higher expenses, customer disloyalty or unexpected employee turnover.

In such situations, CEOs are wise to have a turnaround playbook that can help them get the company back on track. I’ve worked with several companies and CEOs during this process, and I’ve seen…

ken gosnell

I am the founder and chief experience officer of CEO Experience (CXP). CXP partners with CEOs and business leaders to help them hear the words Well Done!

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