The man’s role in society, the home, in the boardroom is multifaceted. The Biblical model has not changed but must remain relevant as time progresses. The challenges of a twentieth century world demands that our world view remain unmistakably biblical and Christian.

The Joseph Company is our men’s ministry that strategically calls men to live a life of integrity and moral purity. It also calls them to a leadership role where decision making is not hit and miss but prayerfully and wisely executed. Men and women lead differently because they are inherently different. However, men and women are called to set the barometer in the home, society and elsewhere.

The following is an excerpt from the teachings of Pastor Mark Hernandez during a conference for Christian businessmen:


1.     Don’t get emotional
It is easy to let one’s emotions overpower decision making. Making the tough decisions requires intentional and and wise deliberation. Emotional intelligence is essential for one in a critical leadership position.

a)    Exercise Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence is the ability to sense, understand and effectively harness and apply the power and acumen of emotions to utilize as a source of human energy, information and influence (Executive EQ.)

b)   If you get too emotional, you cannot lead

c)    Emotions are a sign that you did not fully understand your role in the grand scheme of God’s purpose

d)   Emotions are personal, EQ is global
We are required to see the world as God see it. God’s business ecosystem is different and the principles that govern its successes are remarkably different. EQ is using God given creativity to solve difficult problems by creating new pathways. god wants us to exercise creativity at a very high level. The business world demands it. the servant with the 10 talents must have used his God given creativity to expand and increase the talents he was given.
2.     Evaluate your vision if you have one.

a)    Determine if your vision was clear enough to generate expected outcomes

b)   See where you failed to follow through

c)    Determine where you had success

d)   Do an introspection on your own decision making and deliberating

e)    Determine if you compromised unnecessarily

f)     Ask for forgiveness, forgive yourself and quickly move on

g)    Build a new vision or get back on track if you had a great one

3.     Evaluate your situation with your team

a)    Determine what caused the problem under your leadership

b)   If you did not have a team of competent leaders this was a problem from the start

c)    Build a team of competent resolute leaders

d)   If one exists, fire incompetent and repeating offenders

e)    Delegate where you can

f)     Take frequent emotional rests

g)    If there is a potential for stressful situations make sure you have a stress reducing plan such as:

  1. Exercise
  2. Rest
  3. Diet
  4. Meditation/Prayer

4.     Evaluate the environment

a)    Determine what was the prevailing business operating environment that may or may not have impacted outcomes

5.    Pray for clarity and the strength to deliberate accurately. You may only have one shot at this. Note: Opportunities have an expiration date

6.     Make the tough decisions, take decisive action, wait for the resultant outcomes

a)    Tough Decision 1: Customers

  1. Take quick corrective actions with your customers. The longer you take the harder the outcomes become predictable
  2. Communicate with every one of them. If not possible with existing staff, get trusted outside help
  3. Make peace with them if possible

b)   Tough Decision 2: Employees

i.    Management Team

ii.    If the problem was endemically severe, heads will have to roll

iii.     If laws were broken lawyers will have to be informed

iv.     Immediately send out information on the ending relationship between the company and offenders and what actions were taken

v.     Have security or law enforcement walk out offending employees

  1. Non-Management employees

i.     If there was a deliberate culture of law breaking

ii.     Fire offenders immediately. No questions asked. Again, walk them out with security or law enforcement. Make a statement of non-tolerance for breaking the law and protecting customers.

iii.     Call a town hall and speak to employees.

a.     Reinforce values,

b.     Reiterate vision

c.     Articulate company values for new ones

c.  Tough Decision 1: Board

  1. Have a plan and articulate it accurately to the board
  2. Show decisiveness
  3. Show fearlessness
  4. Show EQ for making tough decisions
  5. Show a plan for getting back to profitability

i.   If the problem severely affected the corporate brand

  1. Step down
  2. Take a vacation with your family
  3. Reinvent yourself

ii.   If the problem did not severely affect the brand

  1.  Take a vacation
  2.  Refocus

iii.   Communicate truthfully with every one of them. If not possible with existing staff, get trusted outside help


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