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Invest in Yourself: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Personal and Professional Development

Invest in Yourself: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Personal and Professional Development

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This free ebook is a practical and spiritual guide to personal and professional development. The author, Stephen Deas, is a certified six sigma black belt and President of Quality Minds Inc, a human capital development and process improvement firm located in Charleston, SC. It is Stephen's hope that this ebook be shared with those struggling right now with unemployment or the threat of a lost job. The investment process teaches you to develop a plan, carry out the plan, check the results, and take additional actions based on your check.
This free ebook is a practical and spiritual guide to personal and professional development. The author, Stephen Deas, is a certified six sigma black belt and President of Quality Minds Inc, a human capital development and process improvement firm located in Charleston, SC. It is Stephen's hope that this ebook be shared with those struggling right now with unemployment or the threat of a lost job. The investment process teaches you to develop a plan, carry out the plan, check the results, and take additional actions based on your check.

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Invest in Yourself 
A practical and spiritual guide to personal and professional developmentBy Stephen C. Deas IIIJanuary 2009
 
2ContentsI. IntroductionII. The Process for ImprovementIII. Step One: Change Your Thought ProcessA. Our Thought ProcessB. SIPOC DiagramIV. Step Two: Develop a PlanA. Using the SIPOC Diagram to Start Planning1. Create a Current State SIPOC2. Create a Future State SIPOC2.1 Change the Priority Order of Your ProcessV. Step Three: Start DoingA. Doers of the Bible: Abraham, Joseph, and MosesB. Start DoingVI. Step Four: Check Where You AreA. Managing VariationB. Check Where You AreC. The Need for StandardsVII. Step Five: Take ActionVIII. Appendix A: Example of Current State SIPOC DiagramIX. Appendix B: Form for Current State SIPOC DiagramX. Appendix C: Example of Future State SIPOC DiagramXI. Appendix D: Form for Future State SIPOC DiagramXII. Appendix E: A Career or JobXIII. About the AuthorXIV. References
 
3IntroductionAt points in our lives, each of us wants something badly-a different job, apromotion, a new car, a bigger house, or more money. There are numerous resources inthe economy claiming to have methods to get what you want. According to sources onthe web, $4.7 billion in self help products were sold in 2001-these included books,DVDs, websites, infomercials, and newsletters. This strongly suggests a healthy marketfull of needful customers.But if you need help, how do you know where to go in a billion dollar industrywhen so many choices come at you via direct mail, email, and the web?I’ll make it simple. The best self help book of all is the Bible. Reading andtalking about God’s instructions help us figure out the process for life. It gets confusingand even depressing at times but the answers and standards for living are in the greatbook. You’ll find people just like us- working, married, parenting, and dealing withfamily issues. Some make good choices and others make wrong choices. Some followGod and others ignore him.I know enough to assert the Bible is the “How to” for our lives. If you open yourmind and heart and positively approach it, you’ll find wonderful tales and lessons onevery page. You’ll associate with and see yourself in various people. Start at thebeginning with the book of Genesis and treat it like any educational or self help book. Inmy Bible, Genesis is ninety three pages long. Read at least three pages a day, take notes,and you finish in one month.I grew up in a small, Southern town, the son of a business owner who laterbecame an ordained minister. Raised in the church, I was a teenager when my parents joined the Pentecostal/Charismatic Christian movement which included (in an extreme

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