|The PF Women Team at our Annual Team Retreat ~ 2018|
Today on Seth Godin's blog, he said:
It's tempting to decide to make a profit first, then invest in training, people, facilities, promotion, customer service and most of all, doing important work. In general, though, it goes the other way.
Yes, it does. If you are waiting to make a profit before you do these things, in my experience you're not going to make a profit. So many organizations, ministries and churches are struggling with financial issues. I know your pain. As anyone who follows our story knows, our ministry was in a ton of debt four years ago when I came on as director. Since that time, we've gotten out of debt and turned a profit every year. God has done amazing things through out team, for which we give Him the glory!
I find that what Seth is saying here is absolutely true, with one disclaimer. For Christian leaders, spiritual disciplines must always be first. Before we started investing and training and all of that, seeking God for his blessing and direction was and still is -- and always will be, first.
With the team I'm honored to lead, we've followed this method. And I can tell you, it works. We have sought God and then invested in our team and in people, trained, promoted, been committed to excellent customer service and doing the important work we do with excellence, BEFORE we expected to turn a profit.
If you want to read about our team values (which were created by our entire team as a collaborative effort) you can do so here. Many people ask how we get the results that we get. I believe reading our values will give insight into how it happens.
By the way, Seth is one leader and thinker I follow. I'm not saying I agree 100% with what he (or any leader/thinker) says, but he's someone I've gleaned good insights from. People often ask me what books and blogs I read and what podcasts I listen to, so there's one. Read Seth's blog here.