Lessons that God Taught Us at Bandwidth.com

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In this 27-minute session from the 2013 Work as Worship Conference, Henry Kaestner, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Bandwidth.com, shares the values that God taught him through founding his company. Under Henry’s leadership, Bandwidth.com was the fourth largest growing privately held company in the country for five consecutive years. In addition, Henry now serves as Managing Principle at Sovereign's Capital, a private equity fund based in Durham, NC and Jakarta, Indonesia.

Before hearing from Henry, watch this short profile on Bandwidth.com. In the video, Henry and Co-Founder David Morkin talk about the values of the company. They and others share how their work/life/family balance philosophies and practices follow Christian values.

Henry, David, and others at Bandwidth.com model a work/life/family balance that makes for a healthy and productive company. They work hard, play hard, and serve others.

As you watch Henry, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact the way you lead and work.

Henry gave nine values God taught him:

  1. FAITH  
    "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." (Mark 12:30, ESV)

    Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25, ESV)
    "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." (Ephesians 6:4, ESV)

  3. WORK
    "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."  (1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV)
    "Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more." (Luke 12:48b, ESV)

    "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." (1 Corinthians 6:19–20, ESV)

    "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Mark 12:31a, ESV)

    Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1, ESV)

    "Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed." (Proverbs 15:22, ESV)

    "The Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness"
    (1 Samuel 26:23, ESV)

  9. REST
    "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28, ESV)

Think about the first four values of Bandwidth.com: faith, family, work, and fitness (in that order). Are you prone to elevating work above faith or family? Does your health/fitness suffer at the expense of your work? How do you keep these four values in proper perspective in your own life?
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How do you practically "love your neighbor as yourself" in your workplace? How do you show love to your superiors, co-workers, and employees? What factors make loving your fellow workers in this way difficult? How can you overcome these difficulties?
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Who are your advisors? How are you proactive about seeking new sources of wisdom and counsel? Are there areas of life and business where you are less inclined to accept advice from others, even trusted individuals?
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How can unchecked pride lead to blind spots and areas of vulnerability?
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Have you ever been faced with a situation where choosing to be faithful to your values came at a great cost? What happened? In what situations are you most tempted to neglect your values? How do you fight those temptations?
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Christian ethics and values stand in stark contrast to a business world which seems to value the pursuit of power and wealth at any cost. Whether you are a CEO and can implement values company-wide like Bandwidth.com or you are a young professional with a small circle of influence, how you conduct business in the marketplace can serve as a powerful gospel witness.

For information about the upcoming Work as Worship Conference, go to WorkasWorshipConference.org