It is impossible to be a follower of Jesus without also being a world-changer. And now, more than at any other time in history, it is time for a company of world-changers to arise. Revolutions, new governments, tremulous economics, and shifting geopolitical alliances are creating times of uncertainty and unprecedented change, but although the world is moving into uncharted territories, there has never been more opportunity for every nation to thrive.
Behind the changes we are witnessing are men and women of influence. But how many of them are men and women of God full of the Holy Spirit like Joseph and Daniel? And how many of them are Pharaohs and Nebuchadnezzars, leaders established in positions of power by God, but who are in need of Josephs or Daniels by their sides? What is our role, then, as followers of Jesus? How do we engage with nations?
So what sets a CEO apart? This is certainly a question at the heart of countless business articles, books and forums. CEOs have a critical role to inspire and lead their organizations to success. The Chief Executive holds key responsibility for leading the development and execution of the Company’s strategy, to create shareholder value and to achieve great results.
Faced with the reality that the vast majority of businesses never achieve their full potential, what does it take to lead an organization to this kind of success? As a Vice President with Bell Northern Research, a subsidiary of Nortel, this is the question I set out to answer near the end of my career when I accepted a challenge by the President to lead a small team to demonstrate to the Nortel Board that we were effectively spending our $2 billion annual Research & Development budget. In the following paragraphs, I share with you the results of my years of research searching for this answer.