Building Tips One
Use "Mountain Guides" whenever possible. These aren’t always people with degrees and resumes, but those who have climbed the mountains you're facing for each facet of your business. They’ve been there and done that. Many of these mountain guides are eager to help you for a reasonable fee—sometimes even for free—if you just ask.
Building Tips Two
Approach the Bible experimentally. Your eye doctor will have you cover one eye to read the eye chart. If you’ve been given a churched version of the Bible, try covering your “church eye,” and reading the Bible. You’ll be surprised at the whole world message you’ll receive.
Building Tips Three
For the core part of your business—your service or product—develop an insatiable hunger to learn as much as possible about your line of work. Never lose that hunger.
Building Tips Four
Don't be surprised if starting or running a business is harder than you ever imagined it would be. And never quit on a bad day. Breathe, read the Bible, take some serious prayer walks, and wait for better days that WILL follow!
Building Tips Five
Structure how you start your day and stick with it. Have a finish line at the end of each day when you can go home to your “other life.” I talk about this in the "Importance of Self-Care" podcast, which you can access here.
Building Tips Six
ALWAYS tell yourself the truth. “If you don’t tell me the truth, life will.” Confusion enters when you're NOT telling yourself the truth about something. Don’t fudge or fizzle the truth. Meet life head-on.
Building Tips Seven
Become as ORGANIZED as you can! If your day-to-day is organized, then you have more energy for spontaneity. Like Jazz music, running a business is a healthy tension between structure and improvisation.
Building Tips Eight
When we hire people, we look at our "Five C's": Character, Competence, Cultural Fit, willingness to take Correction, and Commitment. Use mine or come up with your own. Also, no decisions about employees ever should be made by one person. Always use a team to get you multiple views of the employee.
Building Tips Nine
Consider what makes your organization—or any organization—TOXIC instead of HEALTHY. Make lists of what healthy and toxic organizations do. Stop doing toxic things and start doing healthy things. Ask employees to help create those lists.

Phil’s Two-Year Bible Reading Plan

Reading God’s Word cover to cover is a good foundation for coming to know God better. Phil’s Plan helps keep you on track, while providing manageable daily reading portions. After approximately two years, you will have read the entire Bible once and Psalms & Proverbs four times!

Just follow the Instructions contained in the plan and get started. Also, Phil has included the 7-minute podcast “How I Learned to Love (Reading) the Bible,” by Tara-Leigh Cobble to inspire you to start!

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    24 Hour Rule

    Resolve all conflict within 24 hours or less

    ~ Privately and Respectfully ~


    • Clear the air and release tension
    • Everyone feels heard
    • Resolve misunderstandings
    • Keep the peace among us
    • Establish healthy, open connection
    • Keep work enjoyable
    • Keep the workplace environment healthy

    How it should be done

    • Come with a humble attitude
    • Confront privately, support openly
    • Approach with respect and dignity for the other person
    • One person talks (without exaggerating, sarcasm, or profanity) while the other person listens.
    • The listening person repeats back what he heard until the talking person feels heard.
    • Then they switch roles.
    • Make sure they get it all out.
    • Listen to the other person’s perspective
    • Take the pain out and look objectively at the conflict
    • Agree on a resolution

    Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,  and give no opportunity to the devil. Ephesians 4:25-27

    If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. Matthew 18:15

    Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”  Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21,22