Jessica Kim redefines success in light of the two greatest commandments: love God and love others.
This talk by Jessica Kim, Praxis Venture Lab Fellow and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Charles River Ventures, presents us with an alternative imagination for how to design businesses, lead teams, raise money and define success through the lens of love.
When all is said and done, our greatest return on investment is realized in loving our customers and participating in their flourishing, loving through our operational decisions, loving through our leadership reactions and responses, and loving those who report to us for who they are and not for their performance. Jessica will demonstrate this posture using examples from her own entrepreneurial journey, reminding us that whether your venture succeeds or fails, people will remember how you treated them, from the beginning to the end, or should we say, Alpha and Omega.
Jessica delivered this talk at Praxis Academy, an intensive one-week session on entrepreneurship for Christian college students.
This talk is split into two parts, each with its own set of questions.
1. When Jessica hired the homeless individuals, it reminded her that for her, the true and deeper purpose of business is to love people. How have you thought about the purpose of business and how has that shaped your career trajectory thus far?
The object is to get participants to start thinking about their motivations and how that drives their business and career decisions.
2. Can you think of an entrepreneur, leader or company that has effectively modeled loving people as the "Alpha and Omega of entrepreneurship"? Has this proved favorable for their reputation? On the contrary, what are some examples of companies that have missed out on this altogether?
Spend five minutes in silence, praying and reflecting on the videos. Ask participants to jot down questions that were raised, significant key points, where they felt encouraged or challenged by the Lord, etc.
3. Do the products or services you are a part of making “love” others? If so, how? If not, why not?
4. How might you radically love up (bosses/investors/clients), down (people you manage/mentor), and across (peers, project teams) your workplace or organization?
5. How has our culture defined what a successful leader looks like? What will your metrics for success be?
Ask participants to write down or share aloud a few tenets of what they believe success looks like.
6. Who can you start loving differently this month? How?