Do you wonder how to overcome frustrations in your work? Does your work make a difference?
Author and consultant Kent Porter helps business leaders and employees alike find solutions for the common problems we all face in our work. Through workplace parables, Kent shows how the path to overcoming our frustration is often discovered through asking better questions.
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Kent Porter is a serial entrepreneur and a business consultant. His most recent career involves writing the book Fix Frustrations at Work.
ABOUT THIS SHOW:
- Kent shares how he came to faith at age 56
- Kent reveals the importance of self-discovery and asking good questions
- Kent shows how to overcome the most challenging issue faced by most believers at work
HOW TO OVERCOME FRUSTRATIONS
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Most of us get stuck in negative ruts at work because we aren’t asking the right questions or we don’t give ourselves permission to ask questions at all. A good friend, counselor or consultant knows what questions to ask and then let’s you discover the answers. If we’re created in God’s image, we have the ability to discover the answers if we’re given the time and a bit of direction.
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If we are freed to give our best work, Kent believes we will make a tremendous difference. That relates well to some of what Bill Hendricks shared in episode 008 about how our work matters to God.
Kent’s earlier career was with a multinational company where he progressed from sales to VP of Sales to Executive VP to CEO of a subsidiary company he founded.
He then lived his entrepreneurial dream and bootstrapped a business. The first twelve years were rapid progress; the last two years were a downward spiral. He closed down the business. The lesson learned when he lost himself was that he’d gained a love for others.
He is a graduate of the Thunderbird School of Global Management and the University of Kansas. He is proficient in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese.
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Time Stamp Show Notes
1:02 – Colossians 3:23-24 – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters
2:19 – About Kent
4:42 – Kent’s job history
7:19 – Vice President of Sales position
14:59 – Journey getting to know the Lord is the most exciting in his 12 careers
17:04 – Asking a lot of questions to discover more
19:00 – Book about stories in the workplace and about his style in his coaching
24:40 – Advice on when someone is ready to speak but continually gets shut down
33:40 – What is the number 1 problem you see: Difficult conversations
38:37 – Encouragement to men
40:38 – Noticing, giving, listening – Be John 3:16 do not just talk about it
42:09 – Where to find Kent: http://fixfrustration.com/ and http://porterleadership.com/main.html
44:10 – Closing prayer