Why Matt Overton started a social enterprise at his church

Social enterprises might be a risky and unusual form of ministry, but a youth pastor argues that they can bring new life to the church. This post is reprinted from Faith and Leadership. Mowtown Teen Lawn Care and Youth Ministry Innovators in Vancouver, Washington, are among the organizations recently honored with the Traditioned Innovation Award from Leadership [Read More…]

A Leap Into Social Entrepreneurship

…as detailed over at Seedbed by Josh Moon. I heard his presentation to The Asbury Project a couple of years ago, and I commend his efforts: If you are thinking you are way too unprepared to be a social entrepreneur, then we will get along quite well. Before my sophomore year in college I had no [Read More…]

On work-life balance and not going to the Asbury Project

  Some of you may remember how for the last two years I’ve spent some time at a conference called the Asbury Project.  It’s a two-day conference focusing on social entrepreneurship and featuring a business plan competition by college and seminary, and it’s held in part at my seminary alma mater, which is less than [Read More…]

Gratitude: An Elixir for a Time of Sadness

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. Willie Nelson once said, “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” I write a Thanksgiving column every year. I always look forward to it. Gratitude is my most welcomed emotion and Thanksgiving my favorite holiday. (Note my Inc. Magazine [Read More…]

61 Words and Phrases to Eliminate From Your Business Writing Immediately

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. Author Clare Boothe Luce once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Simplicity is one of the greatest and most elusive virtues I am constantly seeking as an entrepreneur, salesman and human being.  It is a skill I constantly look to improve on. [Read More…]

Why You Should Help Your Best Employees Leave You

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. One of the things I am most proud of as the 20 year owner of my executive sales firm Corporate Rain International is how many employees and associates have left me to take a leadership role at other companies or to start [Read More…]