A Framework for Starting, Growing and Maturing Impact Enterprises

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From Building to Blessing

is a Framework for starting, growing, and maturing enterprises that have a positive impact spiritually, socially, and financially on people, communities, and society. Its intent is to help entrepreneurs think about where their enterprise is, where it is headed, and to focus on the right things at the right time so that it can get there.
 
This website is your link to the Framework itself – available at no cost in downloadable form – and to a growing catalogue of tools to assist you on your journey whatever stage of development your enterprise is currently in.

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Failure to Communicate
Ralph's Blog
Jan 3

Failure to Communicate

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” – The Captain (from the film, Cool Hand Luke – 1967)
An Essential Component 
Ralph's Blog
Nov 28

An Essential Component 

An entrepreneur can craft an outstanding business plan that lays out clearly how that vision will become a reality. They can be willing to give all their personal capacity and energy to the execution of the plan. But this will all just sit on the shelf without one essential ingredient ...
Are you relevant?
Ralph's Blog
Sep 18

Are you relevant?

Can I somehow be someone who matters to someone? Am I making any difference?
Expertise: Becoming an expert
Ralph's Blog
Sep 18

Expertise: Becoming an expert

Listening to experts on whisky while in Scotland got us to thinking about how a person develops such a set of skills.
Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity: The world we live in
Ralph's Blog
Sep 18

Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity: The world we live in

If you have done some reading on leadership and leadership theory, you have most probably come across this acronym – VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.
Truly stunning
Ralph's Blog
Sep 18

Truly stunning

Entrepreneurs are typically either looking for gaps to be filled or for trends that can be leveraged. At the Agathe Center, we tend to cast our gaze a bit more toward the gaps – find a gap and seek to fill it.
The right response at the right time
Ralph's Blog
Sep 18

The right response at the right time

Faith or fear?
Commitment: Beating the odds
Ralph's Blog
Sep 15

Commitment: Beating the odds

We believe that the support of a caring, committed, and experienced advisor does make a difference.
Impact: Business as a calling
Ralph's Blog
Sep 15

Impact: Business as a calling

What led you to the career that you find yourself in? How have you measured your success?
Sapere aude! Dare to be wise. The Constant Learner
Ralph's Blog
Sep 15

Sapere aude! Dare to be wise. The Constant Learner

To be an effective teacher, coach, or manager, one has to be willing to express, with the same level of enthusiasm and commitment, the same concepts over and over again.
Keeping it real
Ralph's Blog
Sep 14

Keeping it real

Cast a vision. Dream dreams. But be sure to be working the land you’ve been given to work.
Is there a debate?
Ralph's Blog
Sep 14

Is there a debate?

As you look to select teammates, fill open positions, or choose whom to reward with a special opportunity, the question often presents itself, “Should I more favor high competence or strong character?”
Nothing more fulfilling
Ralph's Blog
Sep 14

Nothing more fulfilling

Hélène and Carolina have led the way in transitioning to online expressions of our work.
Look at all the people
Ralph's Blog
Sep 14

Look at all the people

From an economist's point of view, favorable demographic trends are a significant factor in the ongoing health of any region’s economy. But can you have too much of a good thing?
Making choices
Ralph's Blog
Sep 14

Making choices

Did you ever wonder how many choices the average person makes in a day? That question came to my mind as I pondered upon the verse, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16 NIV)
Going places together
Ralph's Blog
Sep 14

Going places together

Whatever the endeavor – love, business, research, training – finding a partner to share the journey is a good thing. To be together with one whom we connect with deeply and who is complementary to us takes us places we can never go alone.
Making the move
Ralph's Blog
Sep 14

Making the move

We didn’t move far – just across the river – but we did move, and we are endeavouring to have that be good for us.‍
The Weight
Ralph's Blog
Sep 14

The Weight

On one hand it is a privilege to be called to make a difference, and it is a joy when you see good results. On the other hand, it is also a weight.
The Norm
Ralph's Blog
Sep 14

The Norm

If we are delivering on the promise that our product or service makes, if we are serving our clients well, if we are giving our clients something positive to talk about to those with similar needs, referrals should be the norm.
Next generation: what do righteous people do?
Ralph's Blog
Sep 14

Next generation: what do righteous people do?

It is not particularly fashionable these days to be too serious about too many things. With all the information we receive on a daily basis, it truly is easy enough to become overly concerned about way too many things.
The contrarian
Ralph's Blog
Sep 14

The contrarian

If you want a reason not to do something, ask a few people and you’ll soon find someone who will surely give you the reason you are looking for.
Make hospitality a key trait of your business
Ralph's Blog
Sep 13

Make hospitality a key trait of your business

A Stranger in a Strange Place just around the Corner
"You didn't build that."
Ralph's Blog
Sep 13

"You didn't build that."

Why your achievements are never really just your own.
Walls or Bridges?
Ralph's Blog
Sep 13

Walls or Bridges?

Around 360,000 children are born each day on planet earth. One of those happily came into our extended family this past Saturday.

From Building to Blessing is a resource created in conjunction with the Agathe Center for Entrepreneurship. Learn more →

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