10 key lessons for business students
"Always see the value of what God is doing through you and your work."
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Dr. Ken Jones has been in business since the early 1980s. Although he has spent most of his time in marketing management, sales management, and entrepreneurship, he has also faithfully served in ministry part-time or full-time for the past 40 years.
Dr. Jones has brought this diverse set of knowledge into the classroom for 15 years, both at Northeastern State University and John Brown University. He currently teaches Marketing Strategies and Design and Executing Strategies for JBU’s Graduate Business Programs, but has also taught courses ranging from Organizational Behavior to Managerial Economics.
Although Dr. Jones brings a wealth of knowledge and experience into the classroom, he also works hard to make connections for students outside of the classroom. Throughout the span of a course, students will have opportunities to work on meaningful projects with actual businesses. “In the last 15 years, my students have served nearly 50 companies in the northeast Oklahoma and west Arkansas area.”
Most recently, Dr. Jones’s students have been working with Merit Steel of Fort Smith, Arkansas, to:
- Create supply chain and logistics solutions
- Revamp strategy to adjust to new marketing/distribution channeling processes in order to take advantage of excess capacity
- Create viable options for marketing the services of the company
These projects, currently involving four teams of students from three classes at two universities, are set to be completed in September of this year.
Over the course of the many hours spent inside the classroom and out working on projects for various companies, Dr. Jones intends to impart these 10 key lessons to every student he teaches.
Dr. Ken Jones' 10 Key Lessons for Business Students:
- Service to the community and to Business can be your calling.
- Be good stewards of your time and talents while going to school.
- Practice makes perfect and learning from practicing is vital to skill development.
- You need the confidence to do what you envision yourself doing with the degree you seek.
- Great community response and/or goodwill in the process is valuable.
- Work as a team, and collaborate with other teams in a competitive environment and outside of your own classmates.
- Know your clients! Your clients will tell you what the problem is, and that is 90% of finding the solution.
- Do your best. What you think you can do may be so little in relation to how big the action you take serves others.
- Just do it! The key to starting, improving, and managing a thriving business is to act.
- Connect the dots. Always see the value of what God is doing through you and your work. In essence, He makes no mistakes. He’s never late. He sees your hard work as worship - Business is a spiritual pursuit (Who created all things, anyway?). Though He desires your hard work, He loves you anyway and is never in need - He owns that cattle on a thousand hills (Ps. 50). So What? Be fearless, totally reliant, and always abounding without fear of source and supply. He is all in all.
Which of these lessons resonated with you the most?