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God in the Marketplace. February 5, 2010 How do I stay humble and still succeed in the fiercely competitive business world? Bob Doolittle. Chapter Summary. Pride is insidious, destructive sin Pride blinds people to danger and predisposes them to calamity

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god in the marketplace

God in the Marketplace

February 5, 2010

How do I stay humble and still succeed in the fiercely competitive business world?

Bob Doolittle

chapter summary
Chapter Summary
  • Pride is insidious, destructive sin
  • Pride blinds people to danger and predisposes them to calamity
  • Start out with the best intensions and values, grow so overconfident in their own abilities … shunned the warnings
  • Example after example of tragic destruction of individuals, families and companies
chapter summary3

“No prophet has arisen again in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He was unparalleled for all the signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do against the land of Egypt – to Pharaoh, to all his officials, and to all his land, and for all the mighty acts of power and terrifying deeds that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel” – Deuteronomy 34:10-12

“Moses was a very humble man, more so than any man on the face of the earth” – Numbers 12:3

Chapter Summary
  • God used Moses to influence his generation
  • His obituary – Deuteronomy 34:10-12
  • Played an enormous role and yet remained modest – Numbers 12:3
  • “His humility is exactly why God used Moses”
lead like jesus
Lead Like Jesus
  • Ego
    • Edging God Out
    • Exalting God Only
  • Credit
    • Looking out the window for credit
    • Looking in the mirror for responsibility
  • Investing in others
competitive vs humble
Competitive vs Humble


  • Mirror – Responsibility
  • Stoic Resolve
  • Driven
  • Results Oriented
  • Inspired Standards
  • Willful
  • Fearless
  • Gifted
  • Fast
  • Accurate
  • Nibmle
  • Capable


  • Window – Credit
  • Prayerful
  • Blessed
  • Modest
  • Simplicity
  • Quiet
  • Reserved
  • Gracious
  • Self Efacing
  • Teachable
  • Other’s Focused
  • Thankful



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Chapter Summary
  • Good to Great – Jim Collins, 2001
  • Examined 11 companies that followed a pattern of 15 year cumulative stock returns below the general stock market, punctuated by a transition point, then cumulative returns at least 3 times the market over the next 15 years
  • “Level Five” leaders – characterized by humility
  • Humility distinguishes Christian and secular leaders who place the well-being of the organization above their own
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Chapter Summary
  • “Humility is not a weakness. Rather, it typifies confident strength, the kind that enables businesspeople to succeed in a competitive, cutthroat market”
  • “The more you know God, the more modest you become”
  • “As Christians, we are unique in the overall business world”
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Chapter Summary
  • The world tells us, “You can do anything you set your mind to do!”
    • Jesus says, “You can do nothing without me.” (John 15:5)
  • The world tells us, “It is a dog-eat-dog world.”
    • Jesus says, “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” (Matthew 7:12)
  • The world tells us, “Only the strong will survive.”
    • Jesus says, “The meek will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)

“Humility reminds you that whatever you have become and whatever you accomplish has been granted to you by God”.

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Chapter Summary

“People who understand who they are, who know God and his power, can be people of great influence.”

  • “They are not in bondage to other’s praise and affirmation.”
  • “Their self-worth comes from their relationship with God.”
  • “They are not enslaved to temptations that appeal to their pride.”
  • “They don’t put selfish interest above the organization or colleagues.”
  • “They are willing to admit when they are wrong.”

Blackaby’s summary – When people are humble…

“The result is that their organization gets their best and God receives the glory.”

bob trotter
Bob Trotter
  • SVP & Chief Information Officer ThyssenKrupp Materials
  • Lead Like Jesus
    • Invest heavily in coaching and developing employees.
    • The servant leadership role that Christ models empower organizations to levels beyond their expectations.
    • When employees know how much you care personally about them they will exceed your expectations every time. It goes beyond pay, promotion and sometimes even job security.
    • This approach yields high returns for the enterprise and brings glory to God.
    • How else could have Christ built the church with a small group of 12?
greg hopton
Greg Hopton
  • President & CEO of AVL – Instrumentation & Test Systems, Inc. (privately owned Austria company)
  • God has blessed career
    • “I do not wear sandals and I can not walk on water”
    • Simplify your life and don’t wear multiple masks – be a bold Christian at work, home and while doing life
    • Put others above yourself – subordinates and upper management
    • Let others “blow their horn” for you – it’s a lot louder
    • Be in constant communication with God - prayer
    • God wants to be actively involved with you at your work
discussion points
Discussion Points
  • What is the difference between humility and weakness in the marketplace?
  • Can we have humility and still be “successful” in the business world?
  • How can we introduce more humility into our marketplace?