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Affluent Christian Investor | September 19, 2017

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Posts ByMark Elfstrand, Author at Affluent Christian Investor

September 15, 2017 |

Surprise! Work is Hard!

Is the American worker becoming soft? Has work become more difficult in more recent times? Would you describe your job as “tough” or “very demanding?”

Last week, the Chicago Tribune gave us insight into the modern worker with story titled, “One-fifth … Read More

September 7, 2017 |

Favorite Books on Work and Business

On this Labor Day, I would like to pass along one of the most rewarding work related experiences in my life. It was spending a week at the Dave Ramsey-led EntreLeadership program. I should reveal it came as a … Read More

August 22, 2017 |

The Good Book for Leadership

Recently, I put this question to my long time friend and highly successful author and business consultant Sam Deep: What Bible verses have made an impact on the way you think about and do your work? He’s graciously given his … Read More

August 15, 2017 |

Forget Your Corporate Hierarchy: How to Spot Good Ideas and New Talent From the Bottom Up

I’m not really sure why I signed up for . It’s been a while and I continue to get requests to connect. Some people I know. Many I don’t. But we have mutual connections. Once in a while I … Read More

August 10, 2017 |

Enough With the Woebotics, God Will Always Have Work for Humans to Do


There is a major change approaching in the workplace. Get ready for job displacement in the age of robots. My blog last week offered the worrisome prospect that when serious unemployment results from advancing technology, people can get … Read More

August 3, 2017 |

To Increase Your Influence, Learn to Ask Emotionally Intelligent Questions

Perhaps you have read the classic personal development bestseller, How to Win Friends and Influence People. First published in 1936 and written by Dale Carnegie, the book has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. I read it many years ago.

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July 20, 2017 |

Our Worst Investment Decision and How We Could Have Avoided It

I’m not a “binge-watcher.” This media viewing trend has become quite popular, especially with the under-40 crowd. Binge-watching is also called “marathon-viewing” where multiple episodes of a television program are viewed in one sitting. It’s been brought on with … Read More

July 14, 2017 |

Does ESPN Know the Score?

Several voices have been weighing in on the reasons for ESPN’s significant financial troubles. Like…We have new specialized sports channels on cable. …The Internet gives us games on demand and sports results as we need them. …Costly contracts that ESPN … Read More

July 12, 2017 |

Helicopter Parents, Time to Land

LaVar Ball should be a very happy man. Last Thursday evening his gifted athlete son, Lonzo Ball, was selected as the second pick in the 2017 NBA draft. The 6-6 point guard averaged 14.6 points per game and 7.6 … Read More

June 27, 2017 |

Five Most Heavily Used Words From 200 Years of Commencement Speeches

Here’s a quick question for you. What were the most memorable moments from your high school or college graduation speeches? What lasting advice or gem of a thought has stayed with you? I dare guess the longer it’s been, the … Read More

June 16, 2017 |

Is The Protestant Work Ethic Really Protestant?

“Wish we could turn back time to the good old days

When our momma sang us to sleep, but now we’re stressed out.”

Lyrics from Stressed Out, by TWENTY ØNE PILØTS

My very young grandchildren know the lyrics to this … Read More

May 26, 2017 |

How to Write a Job-Winning Resume

A friend of mine mentioned to me recently that he was updating his resume. While he sensed no immediate concern about his job, several items about his work life had changed. And he felt it would be good to be … Read More

May 12, 2017 |

6 Reasons Retail is Dying and 4 Ways to Bring it Back

In the 1960s they were considered the “Big Three.” In sales volume and in physical size, Macy’s, Hudson’s, and Marshall Field ruled the department store kingdom. One Hudson’s location had 25 stories and 16 of them sold goods. At … Read More

May 2, 2017 |

No Rhapsody in Blue at United Airlines

Most of us are familiar with the blue background and white globe logo on United planes. And we easily recognize their choice of a theme song, Rhapsody in Blue. In recent weeks, however, United has been singing the blues … Read More

April 25, 2017 |

Don’t Gloat Over Bill O’Reilly

On Friday, April 21st, we marked the five year remembrance of the passing of Chuck Colson. His was a remarkable life. After ascending to the heights of power while serving Richard Nixon in his White House years, Chuck’s world came … Read More

April 14, 2017 |

When and How to Talk About God in the Workplace

One of the best parts of my job is the privilege of sharing my faith. On my talk show. This fits well with the mission of our radio station. Several of my coworkers and I can readily discuss the … Read More

April 10, 2017 |

Good and Bad Job Interview Questions

Job interviews are generally stressful occasions. Like a first date, you may only get the proverbial one chance to make a good first impression. Of course, dating is different because both parties are likely to feel the same tension.

I’ve … Read More

March 30, 2017 |

Management by Walking About

The concept of MBWA became high profile as good management in the 1985 book, A Passion for Excellence: The Leadership Difference by Tom Peters and Nancy Austin. Don’t recognize it? The letters represent the phrase “Management by Walking About” or … Read More

March 23, 2017 |

‘The House Always Wins’ Means You Always Lose

“Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just … Read More

March 22, 2017 |

Time For Business to Outgrow Its Youth Obsession

Working with teenagers can be quite enlightening. And occasionally startling. I learned this in my 20s when I served in various roles as a youth director. On one occasion, we were traveling with some teens to an amusement park. … Read More

March 16, 2017 |

When the Boss is Your Friend

How well do you know your boss? How tight are you with him or her? Tight enough to write a profile for this person on a dating web site?

I hope alarm bells went off on that last question. … Read More

February 7, 2017 |

The One Question You Need in Your Customer Survey

One of my core challenges in life is details. Or as I would often describe them, minutiae—the small, precise, or trivial makeup of something. I never cared for building model airplanes. Puzzles with any more than 100 pieces turn … Read More

January 30, 2017 |

Should You Quit Your Job?

“I don’t want you to wake up at sixty-five and realize, ‘I just spent forty of my best years doing something that just funded my life.’” – Jon Acuff, from his bestselling book, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your … Read More

January 11, 2017 |

Should Churches and Businesses Imitate “Competitors”?

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” So says the famed expression best traced back to the early 19th century. Some paraphrased versions of that thought go back years before that.

A biography of Marcus Aurelius titled Emperor Marcus Antoninus: … Read More

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