Jesus & Co.: Connecting the Lessons of The Gospel with Today's Business World

Jesus & Co.: Connecting the Lessons of The Gospel with Today's Business World

by Bruce L. Hartman


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ISBN-13: 9781682615478
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 261,636
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Bruce Hartman is the founder of Gideon Advisors, a Christian advisory firm committed to “walking with people into a brighter future” as they navigate life and career transitions and advance Christian values in the marketplace. Hartman is a seasoned executive with 30 years of success creating shareholder value for Fortune 500 firms. Prior to founding Gideon Advisors, he was the Executive VP and CFO at Yankee Candle Company, Cushman and Wakefield, and Foot Locker, Inc. where he established global banking and capital market structures and contributed to significant increases in enterprise value. During his tenure at Foot Locker, the company rose from near bankruptcy to solid earnings generation with a stock price increase of 900%.

Offering a rare blend of strategic and tactical business acumen with Christian principles of integrity, camaraderie, and accountability, Hartman fosters professional and business growth while providing actionable insight to strengthen a unique personal relationship with God.

Hartman’s passion for mentoring people throughout his career has enabled him to repeatedly develop talent into C-Suite executives, encourage employee engagement and development at all levels, and transform organizations into high-performing centers of excellence.

Bruce lives in North Carolina with his wife and four daughters.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Chapter 1 Jesus and Marketplace Values 1

Chapter 2 The Calling 17

Chapter 3 Jesus, the Marketplace Expert 43

Chapter 4 Jesus, Faithful and Ethical Employee 61

Chapter 5 Jesus, the Reputational Borrower 77

Chapter 6 Jesus, the Model Networker 87

Chapter 7 Jesus, the Skillful Delegator 102

Chapter 8 Jesus, God's Change Agent 122

Chapter 9 Jesus, the Perfect Salesman 134

Chapter 10 Jesus, Builder of Unusual Teams 152

Chapter 11 Jesus, Marketplace Coach 166

Epilogue 183

Acknowledgments 193

About the Author 197

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ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite Jesus & CO.: Connecting the Lessons of The Gospel with Today's Business World by Bruce L Hartman is a guide for those looking to navigate the business world, armed with a Christ-like ethos and the scriptures to back it up. In each of the book's eleven separate chapters, Hartman provides insight into the different hats worn by Jesus and how they personally applied in various stages to Hartman's own career, with practical and credible advice on how, by living like Christ even in the world of today, true leaders are made. "This is where I could serve, I realized, helping people sort out the moral struggles they came across in the marketplace. A place where people were confronted every day with temptation, need, and ambition." Jesus & CO. by Bruce L Hartman is a wonderful resource for individuals who may feel that finding balance between career and faith is impossible. It isn't, and Hartman is able to show this effectively. Well written and comfortable to begin implementing if you are truly ready to walk the walk, with pragmatic axioms such as "self worth, not net worth," and "Jesus didn’t concentrate on résumés, he focused on the individuals themselves. Not on what they had done, but what they could do in the future." I can't imagine a Christian in any point in their career that wouldn't benefit from this book, just as I cannot imagine a Christian in any point in their career that wouldn't want to live in a Christ-like way. After all, as a follower of Christ, isn't leading in the same way He did the ultimate goal?
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Darin Godby for Readers' Favorite Jesus & CO.: Connecting the Lessons of The Gospel with Today’s Business World by Bruce L. Hartman is a hands-on book that enables the reader to better understand how to live like Jesus in the workplace. A very practical and important part of the book concerning the disciples whom Jesus called was when Hartman said: “They were everyday people from everyday life. They had to work to pay their bills.” One of the great issues raised was the purpose of getting money. Jesus knew a person had to have resources in order to live. His point was: did the resources control us or did we control the resources? Hartman writes: “Jesus was the world’s greatest salesman, and what he was selling was a relationship with God. He did it by partnering: listening first, prescribing afterward.” How true it is that listening is key to making any worthwhile changes or movements forward. Bruce Hartman uses terrific stories and illustrations of Jesus, and lists the scriptures to back up the points he is making concerning how Jesus worked among the people. He shares relevant examples dealing with his work environment as well as others that have come into his life. This book would be a great asset to any corporate leader, emerging leader, and person who is looking for employment. Reaching out to others and being like Jesus while performing an excellent job during employment are vital features found in this book. The Epilogue was exceptionally beneficial and insightful. This author is someone any reader would want to sit down over coffee with and glean from.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite There are many instances when the Church today does not acknowledge the needs of Christians in the workplace. The message and values of Christianity tend to end at the point where business begins. According to Bruce L Hartman, author of the book Jesus & CO: Connecting the Lessons of The Gospel with Today's Business World, this should not be the case. Hartman goes further to explain and demonstrate how the principles Jesus taught and lived by are incredibly relevant in modern commerce. As the author notes, most of the people whom Jesus interacted with were ordinary men, craftsmen, merchants and people involved in trade, and his message deeply impacted them. His message then is not only applicable to today’s workforce, but also could be the agent of instilling integrity, transparency and growth in the business world. For me, the most outstanding feature of the themes and, ultimately, the message projected by Bruce L Hartman in Jesus & CO is that it is borrowed from the author’s own experiences. The plot is dotted by Hartman’s own personal accounts, and those of friends and colleagues he has worked with. On the journey that set him to becoming a CFO of different Fortune 500 companies, Bruce L Hartman has seen the same principles he has written about in this book work for him. His unique perspective of the Gospel was also quite captivating. His point of view of the life of Jesus and the different aspects that we could pick and learn from was deeply impactful. Hartman also helped me merge two worlds that have been considered separate for too long. I definitely recommend this book to all readers who would love to learn how their Christian faith applies to the business world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! The stories are relatable and the book is approachable. Jesus & Co. brings a unique and insighful perspective of the much-maligned corporate world and the Gospels. The book and Bruce's life demonstrate the power of Jesus to bring integrity and morals to an environment that could so easily be and so often is an environment full of greed and questionable practices. Bruce demonstrates how the Gospels can guide one down a path that's opposite of greed and corruption and still achieve success for everyone involved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First I'd like to say I loved the book. I'm not much of a reader, actually I NEVER read for enjoyment so I'm not sure how important my review is. Needless to say any book usually takes a solid eight months to finish, I read this in a week. J&C kept me interested and wanting to learn more as the book went on. I'm not super religious either, but found J&C quite touching. The book makes you look at yourself and think "how can I do better". Overall a great read from someone who doesn't.
Lynn Robinson More than 1 year ago
A must read for today's entrepreneurs! Bruce Hartman has used parables from the Bible and related them to every day business decisions. Many entrepreneurs are young and lack experience typically gained by working and learning from someone with wisdom and experience. This book provides ten excellent examples about how to go about making good decisions while in difficult situations. It helps remind us of the importance of surrounding yourself with good people, always being true to yourself and God when handling difficult situations and teaches us about Jesus as a businessman. Thank you, Bruce, for giving me something I can give to our boys that will help them as they continue to grow.
Jim Fitzpatrick More than 1 year ago
Whether in the ‘Market’ of Ideas, Relationships, or Commerce, this writer makes the convincing and forceful case that success can be most often found by embracing our Christianity and more specifically the teachings of our Lord, Jesus Christ. With insight and humility, Bruce Hartman has woven anecdotes from his own career in business to underline many of the most memorable parables from the teachings of Jesus. Distilled down, these teachings should resonate especially in our modern Market Places: communicate clearly, embrace your moral compass (“Do The Right Thing”), work with and empower others to achieve your common goals, and do the job right.
ElizabethMcCarthy More than 1 year ago
Jesus & Co. was a refreshing and inspiring read. In a culture where 'corporate' often is an antonym for spirituality, Bruce Hartman's personal stories tell his heartfelt and successful journey of integrating faith with corporate achievement.