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We recently interviewed IDEAS Business Sector Advocate to find out how these 5 professional sectors work together to help create transformational communities of contagious hope!
What is a Sector Advocate?
A Sector Advocate is a professional within that sector, with experience working in international, transformative projects. Sector Advocates have a passion to see other professionals grow in their skills and passions and deploy those skills through IDEAS projects. Our goal is to see multiplied impact through professional projects.
What do you enjoy about your role as Business Sector Advocate?
I have the privilege to connect with IDEAS personnel and focus on their professional skills, dreams, and challenges. This includes walking alongside them in their business struggles, something I have experienced myself. I’m able to offer an understanding ear as well as another perspective from outside the storm of the business. There are times that I’m called on to roll up my sleeves and dig deep into the complex issues surrounding doing transformational business in an international setting. I also get to talk with people as they dream about a new venture and create multi-year plans; something business folks are well accustomed to doing.
How does Sector Advocacy enhance the work of IDEAS?
We support the professional life of all personnel through consultation, collaboration, and providing a wide array of resources as we wrestle together through the challenges of work. Also, holistic, transformational work in one profession frequently benefits from skills found in one of the other sectors. Sector Advocates work to uncover these areas and then connect necessary resources together. For example, recently an English language tutoring (education sector) project reached out to me (business sector), seeking help in creating business and financial plans as well as reporting structures to provide an effective, long-lasting, sustainable business under which to deliver the educational transformation. What a joy to apply my business knowledge to benefit an education project!
What resources have you found helpful recently?
I am an avid reader and committed to lifelong learning, so being able to read many business and leadership books as part of my work is a real job benefit. I am responsible to be informed on current trends and best practices from the business community, so I get to spend a significant amount of time reading books, newsletters, and blogs in the course of a month.
- “Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less” by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
- “Dare to Lead” by Brené Brown
- “Steal the Show” by Michael Port
- “A More Beautiful Question” by Warren Berger
- “The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business” by Erin Meyer
Click here to learn more about how you can join the work God is doing through IDEAS projects in agriculture, business, community development, education, and health and wellness!
About the Author: Mike is the IDEAS Director of Sector Advocacy and Business Sector Advocate. He has over 30 years business experience, primarily IT related, with experience in financial reporting and business process improvement. Click here to learn how IDEAS cultivates professional development.