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God Is My CEO: Following God's Principles in a Bottom-Line World

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Business leaders face the difficult task of reconciling their personal beliefs with the bottom-line demands of their business obligations. Often, it seems like the conflict between short-term business strategies and their desire to "do the right thing" pull them in opposite directions.

In God Is My CEO, readers will learn how to:

  • Develop their God-given talents and skills, ...
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Overview

Business leaders face the difficult task of reconciling their personal beliefs with the bottom-line demands of their business obligations. Often, it seems like the conflict between short-term business strategies and their desire to "do the right thing" pull them in opposite directions.

In God Is My CEO, readers will learn how to:

  • Develop their God-given talents and skills, while developing a spiritual center
  • Gain ideas and encouragement through real-life stories of successful business leaders who have faced the same challenges
  • Learn to apply a practical daily plan to overcome the toughest business issues
  • Focus their energies and thoughts on moving forward with a sense of purpose
Many business leaders struggle with the dilemma of being successful and living a life with purpose. God Is My CEO offers a practical and inspirational source of guidance for achieving a balanced and accomplished life.
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''God Is My CEO is direct, on target, beautiful, and convincing. Excellent!'' --Zig Ziglar, motivational teacher, author of See You at the Top

''Larry Julian has written a game plan to help all of us score a touchdown in life.'' --Dan Reeves, head coach, Atlanta Falcons

''Unlike the countless leadership books on the market, this one will never be out of date.'' --Marc Belton, president, New Ventures, General Mills

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Will money or morality emerge victorious in the war zone of work skirmishes? Julian, with seasoned experience as a leadership management consultant for companies such as 3M, Honeywell, AT&T and General Mills, provides solid answers for this troubling dilemma. He discusses 10 key principles that he deems essential for transforming workplace problems into both spiritual and bottom-line success stories. Each chapter poses an issue (such as developing patience, cultivating leadership by example, yielding control, making tough decisions and maintaining right priorities) followed by a solution. In a chapter on "integration," for example, Julian poses the bottom-line question: "How do I balance employee needs with profit obligations?" To explain his approach (to "integrate people and profits into win-win solutions"), Julian details the experiences of two business executives who have creatively solved this problem, and shares the underlying principles they implemented. Indeed, the personal stories of business leaders form the core of the book, tied together by Julian's practical steps and discussion questions at the close of each chapter. Readers will be especially intrigued by the trials and triumphs of such well-regarded business executives as S. Truett Cathy (Chick-Fil-A), Bob O. Naegele Jr. (Rollerblade), C. William Pollard (The ServiceMaster Company) and Marilyn Carlson Nelson (Carlson Companies). Many leaders, whether newly indoctrinated to the world of business or veteran executives, will find tools for the trade in this excellent guidebook to living out one's faith in a ruthless "bottom-line" world. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580627641
  • Publisher: Adams Media
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 668,300
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Julian lives in Plymouth, Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction: The Clash of Two Worlds xv
Issue: We are led by bottom-line pressures xvi
Solution: Let God lead xvii
Chapter 1 Purpose 1
Issue: How do I find meaning and purpose in my work? 2
Solution: Find God's calling and find your purpose 3
Story 1 "Finding Your Way Home" 4
Story 2 "Serving a Higher Purpose and Making Money" 13
Chapter 2 Success 27
Issue: How do I define success? 28
Solution: Expand your definition from making money to making a difference 29
Story 3 "From Success to Significance" 30
Story 4 "From Me to We" 39
Chapter 3 Courage 51
Issue: How do I do the right thing when I'm pressured to do otherwise? 52
Solution: Walk with God in courage 53
Story 5 "Having the Courage to Walk Away" 54
Story 6 "Having the Courage to Overcome Tragedy" 60
Chapter 4 Patience 69
Issue: How do I avoid becoming a slave to urgent, short-term pressure? 70
Solution: Develop patience to run a long-distance race in a 100-yard dash world 71
Story 7 "Pressure from the Outside: Sticking to God's Plan Produces Results" 72
Story 8 "Pressure from the Inside: Trusting in God's Plan Prepares You for Success" 79
Chapter 5 Leadership by Example 91
Issue: How do I demonstrate my faith in a politically correct and diverse work environment? 92
Solution: Let who you are speak for what you believe 93
Story 9 "Moving from Doing for God to Being with God" 94
Story 10 "Demonstrating Your Faith by Living Your Faith" 100
Chapter 6 Yielding Control 117
Issue: How do I deal with circumstances that are beyond my control? 118
Solution: Do my part, and let God do His 119
Story 11 "Relinquishing Control" 120
Story 12 "Cooperating with Uncertainty" 127
Chapter 7 Tough Decisions 135
Issue: What do I do when faced with choosing between a bad solution and a worse solution? 136
Solution: Seek God's wisdom to turn a bad problem into a good solution 137
Story 13 "Discovering the Win in a Lose-Lose Situation" 138
Story 14 "Finding Hope in a Hopeless Situation" 144
Chapter 8 Servant Leadership 153
Issue: How do I attract, retain, and motivate good employees? 154
Solution: Serve employees so they can serve others 155
Story 15 "Bringing Out the Best in People" 156
Story 16 "An Uncompromising Respect for People" 167
Chapter 9 Integration 183
Issue: How do I balance employee needs with profit obligations? 184
Solution: Integrate people and profits into win-win solutions 185
Story 17 "Changing Win-Lose Dilemmas into Win-Win Solutions" 186
Story 18 "From Profits First to People First" 192
Chapter 10 Priorities 207
Issue: How do I deal with burnout in the workplace? 208
Solution: Keep the important things important 209
Story 19 "Keeping the Important Things Important" 210
Story 20 "Appreciating What's Important" 217
Conclusion: A Message of Hope 235
Appendix Your Personal Business Plan 243
Further Reading 284
Index 285
About the Author 293
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2004

    Insightful!

    So often executives check their faith in God at the door before coming to work. Using the stories of 20 influential leaders to illustrate 10 business principles, author Larry Julian skillfully shows that it is possible to integrate your religious faith and your work practices. These men and women successfully run major organizations, and all of them credit their belief in God for their achievements. Although some of the stories are more inspiring than others, this book promises relief from the pressures of the bottom line and freedom from the stumbling blocks that impede success, both temporal and eternal. Each chapter includes thought-provoking questions you can contemplate or use as the basis of further discussions. Julian ends with a step-by-step business plan showing you how to apply all your newly processed spiritual knowledge as a practical tool. Although ¿ given that it is dedicated to Jesus Christ ¿ the book seems primarily directed to Christians, We suggest that any leader who is trying to make a profit, keep priorities straight and motivate employees should take a look.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2003

    Charles Francis, CEO Octagon Risk Services, Inc.

    Larry Julian writes a wonderful book about faith and profession. In these difficult times, when uncertainty abounds, Larry comes through with calmness, insight and spirituality. The stories of the leaders presented in the book are inspiring and timeless. You will learn from their challenges and their successes. It is definitely a book worth reading. Whether you are in corporate America, public service, a non- profit organization, sports, etc., this book will help you center on what is truly important, your relationship with and faith in God.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2001

    Enlightening and Inspiring

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2001

    Julian Captures the New Spirit of Business!

    In his powerful book, _God Is My CEO_, Larry Julian moves the 'bottom line' in business from 'profit no matter what' to 'profit from doing the right thing'. Written from experiences in the trenches of the business world, this authoritative book contains real, personal stories from real people who have the courage to wrestle with real challenges and solve their dilemmas using their true beliefs, not the just latest fad management techniques. Julian's ability to get today's business leaders to bare their hearts and share their personal struggles allows_God Is My CEO_ to build a very credible case for tuning in and listening to the higher power that exists in all of us. The moving accounts of leadership turmoil and victory, the thought-provoking discussion questions and the immensely helpful 'how-to's' found in this book make it a work that should be read and re-read by all of us who lead businesses today. I give my highest praise to _God Is My CEO_.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2001

    Interesting, inspirational reading

    America is populated by a great many people who attend religious services on a regular basis. They affiliate with a congregation of people who think, believe, and worship as they do. Millions of people build their lives around their religious beliefs and principles. Then there's business. In the world of business, profit is worshipped by corporate leaders and employees at all levels. Achieving corporate goals becomes all-consuming, with little room for bible-based principles. Biblical teachings are fine for the personal side of life, but business is business. Or is it? The movement known as spirituality in the workplace has been gaining momentum, with supporters careful to differentiate between spirituality and religion. The human spirit is central to the corporate spirituality theme, but God and religion do seem to find their way into the picture. When people express their spirituality, their religious beliefs underlie their values and approach, even if specific teachings are not overtly expressed. In God is My CEO, Larry Julian surveys the landscape through the stories of twenty well-respected leaders. Each of these influential people runs a business through the application of biblical principles, with great results. You'll learn from people like Bill George, CEO of Medtronic; Jerry Colangelo, owner of the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks; Al Quie, the former governor of the state of Minnesota; and Archie Dunham, Chairman and CEO of Conoco, Inc.; Horst Schulz, CEO of the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company; and Truett Cathy, founder and Chairman of Chick-Fil-A, an amazingly successful quick service restaurant chain that's always closed on Sunday. The helpful organization of the book takes us first through an understanding of the Clash of Two Worlds. You'll learn about the relationships and conflicts between profits and principles. The ten sections that follow each includes a statement of the issue and Julian's suggestion of a solution. The rest of each section is two chapters telling the story of the biblically-based executives. The ten sections are Purpose, Success, Courage, Patience, Leadership by Example, Yielding Control, Tough Decisions, Servant Leadership, Integration, and Priorities. Each chapter explores real-life issues with some intriguing stories that will make you think. The religious theme is, of course, prominent in this book. However, while it is ever-present, the biblical message is comfortably woven into the vignettes. You'll be surprised how fast a read this book is, as you turn page after page to follow the stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2001

    Great!!!!!

    I would recommend this book to any potential business owner. This book is great and provides very practical insight. This is a great gift for the college grad about to enter the business world.

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