A Simple Secret to Showing Respect
Aug 23 2017

A Simple Secret to Showing Respect

Continuing with the theme of Respect for All, and as things continue to shift in this world, we wanted to repost a blog that is even more important today than it was in 2014.  

Respect..it's powerful. 

Respect is a word we throw around pretty loosely. Reality is it is one of the most powerful values a Christian entrepreneur can possess because it speaks to the heart of a person. Frankly, it flows from your heart to his. You can’t fake respect. At its core it demands consistency and authenticity.

You can talk about being respectful all you want, but you can’t lip synch or karaoke it. BS detectors sniff out fake respect from a mile away.  One of FiveTwo Network's core values is: Respect for All.

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Entrepreneurial Leadership, Startups
Five People You Need to Enlist
Aug 9 2017

Five People You Need to Enlist

“First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” –Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

You’re going to need people to pull this off.

The Christian entrepreneur who takes Harper Lee’s words to heart lives to minister another day. He gains new people to the cause because he truly cares for them, regardless of their background, which allows them to discover camaraderie. Plus, by learning to understand the people they serve, the Christian entrepreneur gains knowledge and wisdom.

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Entrepreneurial Leadership, Startups
5 Keys to Releasing The Sacramental Jesus in Others
Jul 26 2017

5 Keys to Releasing The Sacramental Jesus in Others

If I spent a day with you, what would I discover? If I took a 3-day train ride with you, how would I describe you when we arrived at the station?

Sacramental identity is the unique presence of Christ in you, a God-combo of your Psalm 139 knitting together and your baptism-day-Holy-Spirit washing. It is the predestined, divinely patented you, ordained by your Creator Father for His purposes in the world. In sacramental terms, it is the sacramental Jesus in you, the real presence of Jesus wrapped in your bread and wine.

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Community Development, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Christian Entrepreneurs
Leading From Below
Jul 13 2017

Leading From Below

If you are a leader, you want to lead. You have ideas of how your ministry, your congregation, or your organization should be led and would love to see those things happen.

Even if you are not the guy in charge. That’s what makes you a leader.

You are passionate about the place you work, the calling you have, and you want to move the vision forward. But what do you do when you aren’t the lead guy? How do you influence your organization when you aren’t the person in charge?

Because we can’t all be on the top of the org chart.

Read More By RJ Grunewald, Associate Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Troy, MI in Entrepreneurial Leadership, Startups
The Critical Step of Partnering with Your Community
Jun 15 2017

The Critical Step of Partnering with Your Community

When we teach the Business Model Canvas process in our incubator, we stress how the “Partners” box is one of the three most important boxes.  Why? Because we believe in the power of team, because we believe your cause ought to be bigger than just you, and because your Kingdom impact is multiplied when you partner with others outside of your organization.

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Community Development, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Startups
Bookkeeping in a Non-Profit Setting
Mar 27 2017

Bookkeeping in a Non-Profit Setting

When we think of Christian entrepreneurs going forth and achieving great things for God's Kingdom, bookkeeping is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.  However, it doesn't take long for a leader to discover how important it is to have reliable, accurate financial information to be a good steward of what God has provided. 

Read More By Mifflin Dove, Jr., Dove Bookkeeping, LLC in Entrepreneurial Leadership, Startups
What Would You Start if You Had No Fear?
Mar 2 2017

What Would You Start if You Had No Fear?

The phone call caught me somewhat by surprise.  Her assessment was one of the strongest we had seen in our profile.  Her concept was cause-driven and a sure-fire hit.  And she was an expert in her field, having worked with abused children as a police officer.

But her confidence in her abilities, coupled with her fear for what would happen if she failed, led her to tell me, “I can’t do this.  It’s not going to work.”

Thankfully we talked her off the ledge, and she and her team are nearing launch of a house for runaway girls on the eastside of Detroit.

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Entrepreneurial Leadership, Startups, Christian Entrepreneurs
Keep the Faith...In Your Business
Feb 16 2017

Keep the Faith...In Your Business

So when you unlock the door to your restaurant tomorrow or lead your video staff meeting next week, how will your Christian faith influence your leadership and ultimately your business?  As an entrepreneur – church-based, non-profit or for-profit – how do you allow your faith to impact your company without overwhelming your company and potentially alienating your employees and customers?

In our gray world, whether or not a business is Christian becomes more and more complicated depending on the latest Christian soapbox.  Can a business that sells pants made from cotton treated with pesticides and farmed by individuals living below the Western poverty line be Christian?  Is a business that sells Christian books and music and every cross-oriented kitsch known to man, at a ridiculous mark-up, really Christian?  Can a Christian own a bullet-making company and if so, does that make the company Christian or not?

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Entrepreneurial Leadership