What are our core values? They are a representation of our common beliefs that should shape our attitudes and actions on a daily basis; while we work together for our families, the community, each other and ourselves. One of our core values that we seldom speak of is “Self Employed Mentality.” What does this concept mean to you?
Does it mean that we can actually all be owners of J-Bar? Ever wonder if Dell employees pondered this very question 36 years ago when they were just starting out? The facts are that we have grown about 30% year over year for the past four years and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. We are all in a unique and valuable position in a company that seems to be heading towards an extremely successful future. If you don’t know, or haven’t heard yet, Our long-term plan has committed to this becoming an EMPLOYEE-OWNED Company in the next decade. We own this gift together!
The Apostle Paul speaks about ownership of the church to early Christians in much the same way. We think he was imprisoned in Rome at the time and he was beseeching the early Church to stand firm and do what was right: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.” (Philippians I:27)
Paul started his treatise with a greeting “To all the saints in Christ Jesus.” Saints meant “called out”, different from the world, set apart – different and worthy of holiness. Paul wrote to all of the members of the Church and used this title to remind them that they all shared ownership. There were severe problems with sin and he wanted them all to remember who they were and what had been done for them by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Paul also addresses the Self-Employed Mentality in Ephesians 6:7 by reminding us to “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord, rather than for people.” If we just remember who we serve – our Heavenly Father and that we are all members of the same human family, then we are all working for God.
How do you want people to be treated in your Company? How do you want customers to be treated in your company? How do you want employees to be treated in your company? How do you want co-workers to be treated in your company?
Perfection is unattainable when humans are involved. We try to be better today than we were yesterday. We are asked to act like we are part owners, to hold the positions that we hold. To be trusted we need to show integrity – doing what is right when no one is looking. . . or even when everyone IS looking. . . honorable choices made with integrity are unpopular many times, but they are the only choice that we should make as part owners of our company, J-Bar. Jesus gave us the only instructions we need: “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, your mind and your soul. . . and treat each other as you would want to be treated.” (Luke 10:27) If you haven’t yet, join us. . . be a partner with us. . . own this with us.
We are J-Bar — we are blessed beyond measure. We love — we are thankful beyond measure. We serve, and in so doing become the leaders that God wants us to be.