This morning I presented Anda Leadership to a group of businessmen at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. I was excited about this opportunity because it gave me an opportunity to share our vision and to clarify my thinking about Anda Leadership’s mission and methods. I don’t know of any better way to sharpen my thoughts than to present them to others and this was a wonderful group.

The things I presented sparked a lively discussion. Several men stayed after the meeting to continue the conversation and then it continued after that via email. I was encouraged that I made sense to the group and the message energized them. I believe that what we are saying is timely, but it is new to many people. The need to enable emerging market entrepreneurs inspires people who want to make a positive global contribution. In a follow-up email, one person said: “The discussion was more engaged and lively than any other week I can remember. Partly due to the smaller group, but mostly to the provocative and compelling topic.”

I also received two elements of constructive feedback from the group. First, I inadvertently caused some of the men to feel guilty about their former missions involvement by emphatically stating that we need to be smarter in how we do missions work. I said that good intentions are not enough, which I believe. However, I need to say that in a way that leads to positive action, not to guilt for past missions involvement. Second, I need to more clearly state that my motive is to glorify God. Anda Leadership’s message is about helping give a hand up to entrepreneurs in emerging markets can sound very secular and non-spiritual. I want to be clear that I believe this is an effective strategy to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth.

The two videos that I used were well received:

Thank you CH@W (Cherry Hills at Work) for the opportunity to share Anda Leadership’s vision, for the stimulating conversation, and for the helpful feedback. I also enjoyed the bagel! 🙂