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Doing business by the Good Book : 52 lessons on success straight from the Bible
Steward, David, 1951-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, [2004]

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xii, 270 pages ; 22 cm
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An indispensable volume that shows how to succeed in business by using the Bible and its lessons as a source of inspiration and guidance n 1990, David L. Steward founded his company, Worldwide Technology, Inc., on a shoestring budget and borrowed money, well aware of the high-risk nature of the venture he was undertaking. Despite the fact that he was a novice entrepreneur, he was certain he would succeed. Steward believed intensely that God wouldn't let him down.

Doing Business by the Good Book shares the inspiring lessons culled straight from the Bible, that Steward used to build his privately held billion-dollar company into a global information technology enterprise.

Author Notes

David L. Steward is the founder and CEO of World Wide Technology, Inc He also serves as the co-chairman of the United Way in St. Louis, Missouri, and is on the board of more than a dozen additional charitable and civic organizations. David lives in St. Louis with his wife and children
Robert L. Shook has authored or collaborated on numerous books

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Jesus' teachings were not meant to be spoken only on Sunday, writes Steward, CEO of World Wide Technology Inc., the world's largest African-American-owned company. Rather, those teachings were meant to be implemented everywhere, including the workplace. In this book, Steward shares 52 biblical principles in short, easy-to-read chapters that can be digested once a week for a full year or devoured in one sitting. Steward draws heavily on his own knowledge of building a high-tech company from the ground up, and also his corporate experiences at FedEx and Union Pacific. He has a real knack for helping readers see how biblical principles relate to those experiences and to contemporary business issues. Even the trendy notion of "branding" is placed thoughtfully with a relevant Scripture (Matthew 12:33: "Either make the tree good, and its fruit good, or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit."). Christian businesspeople who want a solid introduction to biblical ethics in the workplace will particularly enjoy his fine chapters on accountability, enthusiasm, customer satisfaction and networking. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
1 The Entrepreneurial Spiritp. 9
2 Integrityp. 15
3 Delegationp. 19
4 Striving for Excellencep. 23
5 Adapting to Changep. 27
6 Finding a Nichep. 33
7 Good Leadership is Serving Othersp. 37
8 Building Long-Term Relationshipsp. 41
9 Taking a Standp. 45
10 Consistencyp. 50
11 Teamworkp. 54
12 Risk-Takingp. 57
13 Being a Customer-Driven Companyp. 63
14 Confrontationp. 68
15 Having a Visionp. 74
16 Long-Term Thinkingp. 81
17 A Mission Statementp. 85
18 The Big Picturep. 89
19 Dealing With Adversityp. 95
20 Creativity and Innovationp. 102
21 Fire in the Bellyp. 107
22 Mentoringp. 111
23 A Company is Known by the People it Keepsp. 116
24 Brandingp. 121
25 Being a Technology-Driven Companyp. 126
26 Accent the Positivep. 131
27 Communicating With Peoplep. 135
28 Nothing Happens Until Something is Soldp. 141
29 The Joy of Workp. 146
30 The Art of Listeningp. 151
31 Good Leadership is Lovep. 155
32 Think Bigp. 159
33 The Personal Touchp. 165
34 Never Underestimate the Competitionp. 173
35 Empowermentp. 179
36 Having a Contingency Planp. 184
37 It's About Timep. 191
38 Be Flexiblep. 197
39 Your Inner Voice (The Holy Spirit)p. 201
40 People Will Support What They Help Createp. 206
41 Networkingp. 211
42 Convictionp. 217
43 Having a Succession Planp. 224
44 Blessed to be a Blessingp. 228
45 A Supportive Spousep. 231
46 Accountabilityp. 237
47 Praise and Recognitionp. 241
48 Competing to Winp. 246
49 Implementationp. 250
50 The Joy of Givingp. 255
51 Let Go and Let Godp. 263
52 God Bless Americap. 266