Book: 10 Best Practices for Business and Life (Ingredients for Success)
Author: Joseph James Slawek
Written by Joseph James Slawek, CEO of FONA International and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, this book explores the business practices found in the parables of Matthew 25 (the parable of the ten virgins, the parable of the talents, and the sheep and the goats), ranging from “boldly yet compassionately tell the truth” to “use your talents responsibly or you’ll lose them.” Slawek’s business experience as the leader of an international company, and his belief that the Bible has a lot to say about business, answers the question: how can a Christian business leader live out his faith in the workplace?
Joseph James Slawek is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of FONA International. He founded FONA International in 1987 with a desire to be both high tech and high touch, and it’s the difference that makes FONA special and successful. Joe’s unwavering focus on FONA’s customers, employees and stakeholders, and his commitment to operating a values-based organization are driving factors in the success of FONA. In 1999 Joe was inducted into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in recognition of the unique corporate culture he established and the dramatic year over year growth it was driving−five times the industry standard. Over the last several years (2007-2011), Joe has led FONA to be the only full service flavor company on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States. In his personal life, Joe is actively committed to his family, his church and community service. He is a private pilot who enjoys recreational aviation and outdoor pastimes.
In this book Joseph writes about lessons in life and business and how we can apply these 10 best practices to our lives while finding our purpose. Each chapter expands and explains how the 10 best practices can be implemented in the workplace and in other areas of our home and business. A few of the 10 best practices based on the Matthew 25 parables are:
- Plan ahead
- Develop and use your unique abilities
- Use your talents responsibility
- Express gratitude to God and others
I was pleasantly surprised when I read this book. By reading the title alone, I thought that this book was only for business minded individuals, how wrong I was. By reading the book, the author uses Biblical examples, scripture references and personal stories and applies them to our present day and age. When I read the book, I thought how does this book apply to me? I am not officially in the business environment, however I do run and operate within my household. As a Christian wife and homeschooling family it is my responsibility to run my household efficiently. Does this always happen, you might ask? No, but we are doing our best to stay on a consistent schedule and use our time wisely. I enjoyed reading the book and I believe you will too. God cares about our faithfulness, willingness, obedience, accountability, being good stewards of our time and using our gifts and talents responsibly and wisely. My questions to you are:
Do you know what your gifts and talents are? How are you using them? Are they sitting on a shelf waiting to be taken down and dusted off or are you using the gifts and talents that have been placed inside you. What will you do with them?
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book courtesy of Handlebar Publishing for the purposes of a review providing my honest opinion. Book excerpts courtesy of Handlebar Publishing. I was not compensated in any way for this review. Any and all thoughts expressed were solely my own.