Create work-life balance.  Build mental balance into your life by learning new information and developing new skills.  Build emotional balance by constantly investing in your relationships.  Build physical balance by getting enough sleep and exercise regularly and eating a healthy diet.  Build spiritual balance by celebrating disciplines like prayer, Bible study, scripture meditation, and participating in church worship services.

Manage your money well.  Remember that all the money you and your company have comes from God.  Give generously as God leads you.  Avoid unnecessary debt and pay existing debt off as soon as possible.  Don't concern yourself with the prosperity of dishonest people; keep doing what's right yourself and trust God to judge everyone fairly.  Pay all the taxes you owe to the government.  Don't enter into business partnerships with nonbelievers.

Build strong teams.  Hire people prayerfully and strategically to choose the right people.  Define your company's vision, core values, and performance expectations.  Establish a culture that promotes accountability.  Develop an inner circle of people with the highest upward potential in your business and delegate work to them, encourage them, and hold them accountable for results.

October 9, 2009

Adapted from How to Run Your Business by the Book: A Biblical Blueprint to Bless Your Business by Dave Anderson, copyright 2009 by The Dave Anderson Corporation.  Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, N.J., www.wiley.com.

Dave Anderson is President of Dave Anderson's Learn to Lead and has given more than 1,000 leadership presentations in 13 countries. He is the author of If You Don't Make Waves, You'll Drown; Up Your Business!; How to Deal with Difficult Customers; and the TKO business series, all from Wiley. He and his wife Rhonda are cofounders of The Matthew 25.35 Foundation, which helps feed, educate, and house destitute people throughout the world. For more information, visit www.learntolead.com.