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April 15, 2013 / compassioninpolitics

Business as Missions: Biblically Based Principles for Leading a Business: C William Pollard speaks at Biola University

C William Pollard of Service Master (Their Commitment)

Pollards Bio:

Bill is a graduate of Wheaton College, and received a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. From 1963 to 1972 he was engaged in the practice of law, specializing in corporate finance and tax matters, and from 1972 to 1977 he served on the faculty and as a Vice President of Wheaton College.

He is the author of the best selling book, The Soul of the Firm and also has written for or contributed to other books and magazines including The Leader of the Future, Leading People, Leading for Innovation and Organizing for Results, The Quest for the Entrepreneurial Spirit, The Leader Who Serves and The Heart of a Business Ethic. His newest book, Serving Two Masters?: Reflections on God & Profit, was recently released by HarperCollins.

Summary of Pollard’s Presentation at Biola University:
• The Legal Issues of Hiring
• Servant Leadership-Walking in their Shoes
• No special parking places & no special offices
• Open office, open mind (glass offices)
• Peter Drucker-Hubris, Ego & Humble Pie (great story)
• God provides continuing opportunities (to share yourself & your faith)
• To know what is right even through there is “no code of conduct”
• Marketplace has a language of “performance.” This is a calling of God.
• Joshua in the closing days of his leadership of Israel. Challenge to fear God and serve Him. It was a matter of choice. (Joshua 24:15)
• Work can be center of our service/worship to God.
• Called us to be in the world, but not of it.
• Who will we serve this day? How will we develop influence, comumnity, or ministry that goes beyond the walls of our church?
• That has eternal value
• TS Eliot. Chorus of Rock (link). The core of the speech ends at 48 minutes.

* The notes above are incomplete–particularly at the beginning–but I hope they are helpful.
** The principles and commitments from Service Master I linked to at the top has links that really unpacks what that means.
*** I believe this was technically a retreat, which wasn’t technically at Biola (but it was a Biola event). I’m sorry the title is less precise than it could be given that.

Q & A:
• Mentions his work with Opportunity International and Samaritans Purse
• We should pay missionaries a fair wage
• Shingles on a roof metaphor for development and succession

You can see the same video here at Open Biola. The video is part of the Open Biola series on Purpose and Leadership.

You can purchase the Service Master case study from Harvard University here for $6.95. I have no relationship to Harvard University.

What struck you as important in Pollards’ speach on Christian business principles and business as missions?

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