As a branding agency owner, once we're ready to show the client the amazing logo and brand we came up with, we put on a show!
Our clients come into the office for the big "logo reveal." It's a special day, so we go all out and buy food and dress up extra spiffy.
One time, before one of the presentations, my assistant shows up to the office and sees that I hadn’t really given much thought to the presentation of the food. Being a typical guy, I just laid out the food on the ping pong table with no regard to style or class.
In an instant, my assistant grabs some sheets, folds some boxes, and transforms the former plain setup into a dazzling display rivaling catered wedding décor. I was so amazed! I had no clue she had that talent! From that day forward, of course, she was the person in charge of preparing the office for client presentations.
There are many talents hidden amongst our team members. We can harness those talents for our companies, but we have to be intentional in asking.
Our team is hired for specific duties, but if the company is going to excel and pay us all more money, the attitude must be ‘all talents on deck’.
After accomplishing the great task of rebuilding the wall at Jerusalem, Nehemiah entered a new season: rebuilding the city inside of the wall.
To do this, he asked for an offering of gifts.
Nehemiah 7:70-72 says
"Some of the heads of the families contributed to the work. The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 darics of gold, 50 bowls and 530 garments for priests. Some of the heads of the families gave to the treasury for the work 20,000 darics of gold and 2,200 minas of silver. The total given by the rest of the people was 20,000 darics of gold, 2,000 minas of silver and 67 garments for priests."
God has put people around you that will help strengthen and prosper what you’ve build. It may be monetary, it could be furniture for the office, or it can be talents (like my assistant’s interior decorating skills).
But you literally have to ask, "Hey guys, we're trying to take our company to another level. What gifts, talents, connections, and resources can you bring to the table to make this happen?"
Hopefully you casted a good enough of a God-first business vision to your team that gets them excited to BRING IT FOR GOD. Then, their spirit will motivate them to go above and beyond for the benefit of all.
P.S. I did a Business bible study called 40 Days to Restarting Your Business, God's Way. Check it out:
A business Bible study to help you rethink, reinvent, and restart your business, but this time, God's Way!
We parallel Nehemiah's rebuilding of the wall to your journey in rebuilding your business.
Also, coaches and Christian business leaders, you can use, edit, and repurpose the teachings for your own tribe! Check it out.