In Series 1, we acquired skills to generate a project or idea from scratch in a step known as Reveal. The entrepreneur begins with fasting/prayers and asks God for wisdom. This first stage prepares the Entrepreneur to receive a God-revealed idea or project. In stage 2, the entrepreneur analyses the root-causes of troubles. He or she listens and records project ideas which address those root causes in stage 3. In stage 4, the entrepreneur prioritizes the generated project ideas and later applies the TCLR-Test in stage 5 to ensure projects align with God’s will. At the end of this process, the entrepreneur generates a project or idea which is feasible, cost-effective and realizable in its context.
Series 2 dealt with how we transform the generated idea or project into organized axiomatic tasks in a step known as Design. The design begins with prayers/Fasting to determine the most feasible implementation patterns. Stage 2 utilizes Project Management techniques to determine the main tasks, schedule, budget and risks involved. In stage 3, the entrepreneur develops a prototype and sends it for testing in the field. He or she collects all feedback and incorporate them into the final design in stage 4. In the end, the project or idea is robust, suits the needs of its customers and ready to be implemented in the field.
In Series 3, we’ll deal with how the entrepreneur actually realizes the idea in the field in the third step known as Implement.
You’ve taken time to obtain a revelation from God and received wisdom from Him to design this idea and prepare it for implementation in the field. You’ve worked hard and developed a prototype. Your customers have tested the product and expressed their feelings about it. You’ve considered their feedback and designed a final product with matches their needs. It’s time to take the idea into the community and change lives.
But pause a minute. Implementation begins by approaching God in prayer/fasting in Stage 1. There’re four main prayer points you should consider before taking your project into the field:
No matter how well you design your project, it can’t be perfect. There’re always improvements to make. It can always get better. The entrepreneur, therefore, begins the implementation with a learning mindset. Hence, the first prayer point is wisdom to discover all insufficiencies and appropriate mechanisms to fill the gaps.
You can’t determine with accuracy what’s waiting for you in the field. You primarily implement a project by faith. Your project can be affected by additional internal and external factors you didn’t consider. For instance, new stakeholders may arise. Accidents or illnesses can occur which might require significant adjustments. And, of course, fierce resistance from the enemies of progress – Satan and his agents. Your second prayer point deals with how to address these unprecedented challenges.
Growth & Expansion
Every God-given idea needs to grow. But growth requires strategy. And the strategy is effective when you understand field realities. Your third prayer point is to identify and carefully make use of expansion and growth opportunities and possibilities. Who knows? You might require additional partnerships or alliances with people or organizations with similar interests.
A social entrepreneur primarily works for people in a particular community. The benefits of the project(s) or idea must be shared fairly among all stakeholders concerned. Fair benefit-sharing encourages unity and progress. Where selfishness, materialism and greediness are involved, it gives room to exploitation. Your fourth and last prayer point is wisdom to establish a fair benefit-sharing mechanism together with stakeholders of the community.
In Stage 2, we’ll deal with how you develop an Implementation Strategy.
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