A Peek Inside The Make It Happen Journey November 01 2014

Author’s Prayer

May God bless all who read this book with a spirit of wisdom and excellence to “Make It Happen,” serving people and solving problems that make a difference in life.

A Make It Happen Dedication

This book is dedicated to all of the wonderful people at Ochsner Health System, especially the Make It Happen people in the business services division. As the Vice President of the Finance– Business Services division, it was my privilege and honor to serve the extraordinary people in business services as their Chief Make It Happen Leader. The Make It Happen people in business services “made it happen” every day for our physicians, our patients, and our colleagues, with outstanding excellence of service. Without their support, commitment, and belief in the Make It Happen team values this book describes, this book would be nothing more than a compilation of words printed on paper. However, because the Make It Happen people at Ochsner Health System believed in Make It Happen team values, the words written in this book actually draw the face of real-life people on a real-life Make It Happen journey.

As only one person, I could not have accomplished all of the really neat things that the Make It Happen people in business services accomplished as a team. Plus, I would never have had the opportunity to learn, grow, and develop into the leader I am today, as well as the leader I am becoming tomorrow, if my team had not believed in me enough to follow me. For their belief in me, I thank each and every one of them. And, because the people in Business Services Make It Happen every day as world class service enthusiasts, I dedicate this book to them. They are the greatest people I have ever had the opportunity to share my life, my love, and my laughter with. I am simply a better person and a more competent leader because of them.


Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (nkjv). In the make-it-happen language of the marketplace, this means, “I can make it happen through Christ who gives me strength.” The Make It Happen Team Values in The Make It Happen Journey can help business leaders in the kingdom of God build their businesses and their teams on the “can do” principles of the Word of God with excellence and wisdom. Because Joshua and Caleb possessed the “can do” Spirit of God, in faith they gave a good report of the Promised Land and declared in Numbers 13:30, “Let’s go up and take the land—now. We can do it” (The Message).

God has given the body of Christ the land of the business community, but business leaders in the kingdom of God must believe we can take the land and make it happen in Christ. The Make It Happen Journey is written as a leadership tool to equip godly business leaders with practical faith-based values that create team cultures of excellence by reaching people in business, unleash their God-given potential to make a difference in life, and glorify God. While The Make It Happen Journey is written for the secular marketplace, Kings Come Forth, my next book, will engage and empower faith-based business leaders through deeper scriptural clarity and referential support for the cultural mandate of the kingdom of God in the business community.

The Make It Happen Team Values ©

  • Make It Happen People Possess a Positive Make It Happen Attitude
  • Make It Happen People Are Led by Servant Leaders
  • Make It Happen People Are Service Enthusiasts
  • Make It Happen People Take Calculated Risks in the Pursuit of Excellence
  • Make It Happen People Work Extremely Hard and Have Lots of Fun
  • Make It Happen People Invest and Participate in Training and Development
  • Make It Happen People Celebrate Individual and Team Accomplishments with the Abundance Mentality
  • Make It Happen People Foster a Safe Environment of Teamwork and Mutual Respect
  • Make It Happen People Are Professionals.

The Make It Happen Team Values are copyright protected by the Make It Happen Learning Institute. You have permission to print and use the Make It Happen Team Values with your team, provided each value is printed in its entirety. All other rights reserved.

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