Episode #43: Johnie Hampton- How to Think Like an Owner

Posted: Nov 14 2016


Johnie Hampton is the president and CEO of his company, Hampton Creative.  His thriving business has grown from a start-up design firm to a full-blown ad agency, currently listed as Tulsa’s #7 fastest growing company in 2016.  With over 22 years' experience in the business, Johnie believes in doing “work that matters”, exercising excellence in the work of his company as well as in his personal life and service to the church. 



The Importance of Thinking Like an Owner:

  • If I owned my own business, how would I want it run?
  • Even if you don't own your own business, thinking like an owner can help you become a better employee.

How to Think Like an Owner:

  1. Do the hard things first.
  2. Do the easy things, too. Find an expert in your field and meet with them. Spend time with people who are better at what they're doing than you are.
  3. Excellence always pays more. No project/task is too small to be done with excellence. Relationships are the currency of life. Projects come and go, but people are forever.
  4. It’s better to sweat in preparation than to bleed in battle.
  5. Passion: Do whatever you do with passion. Believe in what you are doing or creating. Life is too short to hate what you do day-to-day.
  6. Be a tortoise if necessary; the world is full of wild hares. Be intentional, take your time, know your purpose. "A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished," Proverbs 28:20. “If you know your ‘why’, you don’t lose your way.” -Andy Stanley
  7. Invite God into your work. 

Bonus Nuggets:

  • Learn to think like a customer. 
    • Visit your own website from the eyes of your customers. 
  • Was I a good steward of my time today?
    • Were the things I did today “mission critical”?
    • Review and self-inspect your time spent throughout the day.
    • Are you doing things only YOU can do?
  • "Equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." Ephesians 4:12
  • Ask God, “Is there something unique that only I can do?” 
  • Keep working; keep being diligent.
  • “The hand of the diligent will be made rich.” Proverbs 10:4



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