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The ISI Life Podcast
Focus on five areas: Faith, Family, Faculty (gifting), Fitness and Finances. Challenge men to make their faith the center of their lives, rather than a compartment for their Sunday morning worship or weekly Bible study. Make faith the center of the wheel, not just a spoke of the wheel. Create an environment where each man could develop how faith would play out in his life.
Hello everyone and welcome to this episode of the isi life. Exciting to sit down with my business partner. Joe had a day as well as else, your mama was our national director for the organization. And we really just talk about how you and I had the initial idea for isi, but then also how we leveraged and invited and encouraged our team members employees and two of our customers for vendors. And now, we leverage our business relationships, as well as our personal relationships to get is off the ground and how we continue to invest in it to this day, and just using our business as a pain form, a dive into that. And hopefully there's some nuggets that can encourage you on how you can do something similar. And again, we're here to help if you need to hear this broadcast and you want to jump on a phone call or a conversation with Joe. Or I would be glad to make ourselves available to shoot out a message to us and we'll follow up and then just want to make a couple things or where we have some awesome things happening in 2021. Some in person retire
It's answering virtual things to sew multiple ways to plug in with your organization and get some inspiration on each of the five s, there's staysharp Saturday's which are the first Saturday of each month. Now we do ask Darcy feed to so we can I get a general idea of how many people will be on the call? So we can plan appropriately and then some awesome retreats in Cleveland and Columbus in Nashville and also there's a women's retreat which is catching awesome fire in there doing great things. So if any of those check out the website, the isi life.com for all the details and would love to see you and connect with you and help you on your journey. Till next time, stay sharp everybody and enjoy the episode.
Alright so we got a little different style podcast. Today, we have myself and Joe and Al here to get it today. How's it going guys? Great. They are all over the state of Ohio and Tennessee. So we're kind of spread out but we want to come together today and, you know, he'll mention something as we've just been kind of cruising along with iron sharpens iron, he just mentioned, you know, there's something different about, you know, the ability to leverage our company to do, what we're doing with highest high. And until we decided that might be a really good topic. For some of the other Business Leaders that are part of a side of capture the story. So, you know, what were you saying? And you know, why does you think this would be a good topic for us to dive into and put in the podcast? Yeah, I just think that the way you guys have done at the University at UTSA is inspirational. I love the steps of faith that you've taken.
The way that you view your business, truly, as being Stewart's of of a business that God has blessed you with being able to, then I also offer opportunities for your employees to to be involved with things that are much beyond the muties and being able to serve the the Greater Community and life in in in their area. So anyway, so to me I just saw it as to what you guys have done who are chip and end in your Steps of Faith to, it's a willingness to make this apart of UT's rather than an add-on. And to me, that's what you need to me.
That's cool. And it seems pretty natural to us. So if you know what I realize that that may seem like a stretch for a lot of people. And I guess that's one of the main things I want to get across, is it going to how we did it and Anna where you know, where the idea started from SoJO? Do you remember when we were doing the idea of iron sharpens iron, yeah, I remember being on a flight back from Atlanta. We had just left them a coaching Workshop, we were in and we were just kind of rough like they and how thankful we were for all the various matters in our lives and it kind of hit us. We said what if we put together I can overnight Retreat and invited all the people we care about and then invite some of our manners to talk on the key Concepts and the week. Be at the time, we call them the Big 5 in a finance, faculty Fitness and and family and turn faith.
So I remember is that flight being so motivated like yeah, we should make this happen. We should do this right away. Yeah, it was just, you know, we feel fortunate in this a little bit before but we're kind of in a unique position but I think we all really have that if we really think about the people in our lives that have helped us or been mentors to us and leverage that to share that with other people, such as kind, of course, thinking of what it was is, I know someone like an hour or you could fill in the blank on person, you know, person who can speak some wisdom into that. And you know, like Joe said, he just using that, that audience to say, we put this together, but then, I think the thing we want to really talk about is, how did we leverage, you know, universities with our team members and maybe, you know our vendors are clients to enough to really get ice I going and they keep it going to his current current state right now. That's kind of part of what you wanted us to unpack for people aren't absolutely. Yes. And I love how Jojo
Simply the shared how the vision came about and how it really is that, I mean it's inviting piano counterparts people that you can make a difference in and then inviting people that can help speak into their lives. And that's really what the iron sharpens iron is all about and nutshell.
And Joey and he mentioned a little bit just thinking about the business, more focused, stewardship perspective, and so speak to that little bit for background and Nick, and I are universities back in 2003 and probably between 2010 and 2012. We started thinking about, you know, how do we really leverage our influence in the organization? How do we use our business more, as a platform for Ministry? And started to think of our employees differently? We even use our language different. We refer to them as key members and we thought about how to restore team well, and we started introducing just various programs and different things. Like whether it's a Bible study, whether it's Alpha program, different things like that into the company that was prior to isi. And then the next year for us was
How do we, how do we fully leverage our team and we realize how much talent we have throughout the organization weather was designers photography or finance department are awesome administrative assistant. And as is, I started growing in Brewing. The first people, we thought of how you can help, long side. As we're planning, these Retreats was our team. And I end we enter part of our culture is something we called the Utes life, and part of that is giving our team members time to pursue other passions. So we found team members that were passionate about the vision. We had fries. We created some time for them and their work data to come alongside us and use their unique gift sets to help us grow the organization.
That's been pretty cool to see me now. People just light up and have something more that they could sink their teeth into. And have I think of it is Enough from a very entrepreneurial mindset, is it what kind of resources do you have that are under underleveraged, reminder utilized. And each has mentioned, you know, Jamie and Steve and Brandon and how many others. And I'll be a lot of people from the muties to say what we're doing this thing. You know, you interested in and helping us and I've been helping us but making it better. I don't think it would be where it is. Today if our team hadn't had that in the background, the skills, the passion to do it. And I think, you know, maybe they taste on sometime during like typical work hours and during the week to to work on things, but I would, I would beg to argue that, that two or three hours or whatever the time is, that's like, on UT's time is actually making them an overall better. Human, a better team member because if you like there,
You'll have something in their contributing to that, they believe on. That's making a difference. And then there for their mortgage with the with the actual work hours that they're actually doing. And so I think of it, not as oh my gosh. You're working on company time. If you think we're getting more out of them than we would have had weren't engaged in it. So I think maybe they talked about like, when we actually started. So someone may be setting an idea. I think, maybe what, you know, what can I do? What do I have to offer in terms of my team or my vendors and my clients, you know, how can they go from? Just maybe an ID or maybe you can you jump into cuz you've seen a lot of things, you know, scrap over the years and how can they take it from, you know, okay what where do I start? Where
I don't have this idea or why do I use in leverage my in a, my insulin to my network text to get something going it be on my company? Where would, where is recommend you? In the starting point. I think it started just as a leader, in an organization. What are some of the organizations you're passionate about outside your company? What are some of the nonprofit organizations you're passionate about? And what are the needs? They have a lot of our team members. If you ask them what they love most about their job, lot of them were very servant mindedness, add, love, helping others, I love doing whatever I can to pitch in and maybe most is alive, but more than more than half, the people on organization love serving an opportunity to serve but they may not know where to get plugged in. So when we first started asking our team to pitch in for different things we would do things like a volunteer Day movie say we want to encourage every team member to volunteer one day year of the equivalent of 8 hours and we shared five or six different Ministries in the Cleveland area that us is owners are passionate about 1
Ikea us to give away one might be a clothing drive on. Might be a homeless shelter and we would just a sign up if you want to serve on these days and just giving team members of place to show up serve and for some, it was might have been their first time they've ever served at a soup kitchen, or at a clothing drive or at a thrift store. And it was just, like a snowball effect as people start serving. They want to do more. So anytime we were doing in turn on this. Shit is like watching an alpha course or partnering with a nonprofit in Cleveland. We would just open up to our team and get a full of you volunteers. I remember we had 15 people next. Remember, doing and get chicken giveaway, and we are unloading chicken chicken, chicken trucks, Frozen Tyson chicken and loading them into bands for different homeless shelters, so even if it's one day of service to start, I think it's the leaders. We really have an opportunity to leverage our team and find ways to serve with them and and give them ways the top plug in the things that work.
And about that help make our city better help maker Community better. Our church has better. I'm thinking people not seem to serve. Think what is unique about? What you guys are doing. I come from the nonprofit perspectives and I've served in a number of capacities and takes a lot of resources for somebody to run an organization to start up a Ministry. And not only it impact baby where they are. But iron sharpens iron is now in its three different cities in Pat you know the multiplication factors is continues to go forward to, who knows how many more it might impact going along and it's not just about that, but if I was to have to do pull all that together as a non-profit leader, have somebody kind of heading it up. Having
Cielo. Having a having to having the administrative help, the creative help. You probably have to be raising. I don't know for all those positions, three $400,000, probably have all those positions kind of come into place, you know, and then you're off in lot of times, you're bringing in enough person. Here a person there and you're having a great see if they worked well together. They've got to be able to coordinate, to me. That's the beauty of what you guys are doing is that you already have that team in place. They've already learned how to work together, they already know each other skills. Steve doesn't Steve already knows with Brandon can do and so therefore he's not duplicating, he's not wandering of this, somebody else already. There are so many things that you're doing that have allowed a Ministry that you started really. I may be less than three.
Go in 2018 to where it is right now. In the only way that could happen is because you guys have done it from within you've given your employees freedom to be able to serve in this on company time. And and then they already in many ways know how to work together and they're all very talented at what they do. So that then having all having a mission together has allowed a Ministry to impact hundreds of people from within your company to me. That's the beauty of of what I've seen.
No, it's great. And I just this wasn't the intention to. But I think, you know
Using me and thinking about what more can we do with the resources that we have the team members that the influence, the connections that we all have uniquely? You don't want to come of the side benefits that have come out of ice. I are really expanding our networking in both both in a personal way, but also a business way. And we've actually there's been some people that we have met through is I'm putting on ice out of a lot us to expand our company team and vice-versa. So we've been able to invite, you know, as we put events on, or put things on week, that's an ability to extend an invitation or just somebody to say we're doing this thing. If you're interested, in it showing up. It's a way to connect with weather, that be a team member or a vendor for a client in a different way. And then vice versa, the collective unit, we've met a lot of people and we actually made of and this is not at all the attention of why we did, at least we hired a few people with made some great. I got to know some great people that have joined our team and I'm as well. So you know, there's you know, that's that's not the purpose of why we're doing this at all, but they're
are some additional benefits that have UTSA has been blessed with because of that, you know, that
ability to go out and do that and the obedience to go and put these things on it. So I think it's worked both ways.
That's a really good point for every week. We've had some great team members that we met through is I and also some of us some of the stronger friendships. I have in our people, I met through your eyes. I just cool. If people are always look at me when they have learned is that when people are stagnant or not really great, myself included and you know, you have a place where you can go to grow, whether that be just coming to some of the events and they can feel them self growing or they're contributing some of their talents and it's a way for them and push them more growth at a different way they become. It's just overall better human. I think a lot of when you're like so in your stagnant you're not really moving the needle for you not may be your best self and I think that is i d involvement or just attending Retreats is helping our team members be a better version of myself which in turn also has a business benefit.
I think that you're talking about obviously the intangible stuff that the culture and just everything that goes into the workplace. And I so, you know, because of all those things, you know, people enjoy working in that environment and want to stay in that environment. You've had obviously people that have been there for as long as the company's been there, right? So, you know, so kudos to you guys for doing it.
It's been, it's been an honor to be able to, to do it and it's been blessing for sure. And, you know, it's been fun, the other connect even the, you know, with you out and do it. So, yeah, I just hope that there were some nuggets in here that someone who's in a business leadership position, or any kind of, in a position to feel like they can go to Next Level. I mean, I would just, personally extend an invite to myself, or Joe to get reach out to us and be glad to have them in a one-on-one conversation about any specifics or the details that, you know, or maybe just encouragement to help you get going and and do something with like just the weather is just even a simple as plugging into something that already exists and just attaching year you know your influence to that other organization more. If you're feeling led to start something in your own that doesn't exist based on a you know of experience or passion, a resource that you have you starting your own thing whenever wherever you are in that Journey. Hopefully there's a nugget in here and that again would be glad to to chat and help you in any way possible.
I could save that for my prospective great, great job. And I, you know, the difference for those are listening. I like I said, I've worked in the nonprofit area and I've been able to join with the the iron sharpens iron team here and and it's just been a huge blessing. I said it's from me from being able to get there's just no way. I could start something like this 2 or 3 years ago on my own with us with an idea and get to the Play Store. It is three in less than three years. I've there's this title, I mean, obviously I can do anything, but I just with my experience, I can't imagine it being at the place that it is with the talented people that are involved with the high level of like I said, excellence in all areas, you know, to have that kind of group of people
Just I couldn't I couldn't get there and so I do not want to challenge, you know, those out there with the that own a business or I have great influence in our took chicken, just pray and ask God and how he might be able to use what you're doing. And maybe this story that you've heard from from Joe and Nick will be inspirational. And maybe you're even give you some vision for what you could do and maybe even the confidence that you can do it and and and give them a phone call reach out to him. And I know that they'd be more than willing to help you know, walk you through anything like her.
Got it. I will hopefully was helpful and Joe and Joe thanks for jumping on and Fred some good insides. And maybe I'll you can wrap us up at the closing prayer. Sure, dear Lord, Jesus, thank you for your faithfulness and Lord. We thank you for how you have moved all of our Lives. I thank you for how you a birth, something within Joe, and Nick, and it really just comes out of a simple heart to serve. And, and I think that's to me, that's the beauty of all of it is that it's just truly, just a desire to serve you in a serve others. And at the same time, be a business owner and I'm so bored. I thank you for their story. I ask for your continued blessing of time University, tees and and then also iron sharpens iron. And that Lord, I pray that you would use this to inspire others to
About interface to to seek you, for how you might want to work in the end within their business and through their business to, to make a difference in the lives of others, and honor, and glorify you so bored. I give you. Thanks this day for your faithfulness, and I thank you. Lord, again for Joe and Nick and for their faithfulness to you and ask for your blessing. Be upon them. And I and I pray all this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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