Finding (Kingdom) Purpose in the Corporate World with Madeline Madrigal

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Meet Madeline Madrigal, founder of Power of 3 Services, which advises individuals and businesses on how to walk out their Kingdom purpose in the corporate world. In this interview with Felisha Ellison, Madeline shares tips to get you started.


What led you to start Power of 3 Services? 

Madeline: The impetus behind launching Power of 3 Services was obedience to the Lord. He gave me the vision for an advising services company years ago and I began building the foundation (website, operations, etc.), but as my walk with Him became stronger and He stirred confidence in the gifts He gave me, the vision became clearer and He shortly ordered my steps to launch the company.

Is there meaning behind the name of your brand? If so, what is it & how did it come about?

Madeline: I find it beautifully overwhelming how intentional the Lord is with every vision He gives us and this was no different. He revealed the company name to me in a vision as a light bulb with an exponent of three. The Biblical symbolism of three is the Trinity: the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Every skill, talent, and spiritual gift that has manifested in my life is a gift from our gracious Father. Power of 3 Services is just that: services offered to my clients that are powered by the Trinity.

How does Power of 3 Services work? What should a customer expect to experience?

Madeline: Power of 3 Services offers two pillars of services: business advising and individual career advising. In our end-to-end business advising, we partner with our clients during any or all phases along the business cycle such as launch planning, process improvement, margin improvement strategies and modeling, growth strategies and planning, project management, and many more. As individual career advisors, we partner with clients to unpack career frustration, identify spiritual gifts and talents, navigate corporate politics, and advise on how and when to have a conversation regarding raises and interview prep.  

Power of 3 Services is passionate about partnering with clients on every aspect of their endeavors and spiritual well-being. If we are launching your business, we will also ensure you are spending quality time with your loved ones and advise on how your Kingdom purpose can either be manifested or flow more efficiently through your business. Similarly, for career advising, in addition to addressing challenges in your career, we work to unpack and uproot bad seeds that may be manifesting themselves in your career and life. Our goal is to cultivate your Kingdom purpose in the corporate world, whether it is just for this season or for the entirety of your career.

What do you enjoy most about leading Power of 3 Services?

Madeline: The most enjoyable - and also humbling - part of my role as founder is witnessing skills or lessons that I perceived to be mistakes in turn have a positive impact on others. Our Father is so good and does not allow any detour or disobedience go to waste. Watching Him use my journey, mistakes, detours- use me - for His glory in advising others in their Kingdom purpose is immensely humbling but I am overflowing with joy.

What is the most challenging part of entrepreneurship? How do you overcome this challenge?

Madeline: So far, the most challenging part has been balancing entrepreneurship with my current job, serving, and family. I wholeheartedly commit to excellence in everything I do as I know it is unto the Lord. (Colossians 3:23-24). This has certainly stretched me in this season.  

I overcome this challenge by surrendering my day to Him every morning. I seek His wisdom and guidance for discerning what needs to be done and what can wait. This has required tremendous growth and dying of my flesh, but it has also brought freedom knowing I do not have to carry that yoke; I can trust His guidance and eternal perspective versus my own.

How do you stay motivated on a weekly basis?

Madeline: His sweet grace is a tremendous contributor to weekly motivation. I also meditate on His truth daily (oftentimes more than once a day) and remind myself that it is a privilege to serve and honor the Lord with Power of 3 Services.

Power of 3 Services is more than just a business. 90 percent of the world’s workforce finds work to be a source of frustration; they take their frustration home and that has a negative impact on their families, communities, and the country overall. We help entrepreneurs and individuals walk in Kingdom purpose and  find eternal joy and fulfillment in the work they do and services they provide.

Power of 3 Services is more than my personal objective or agenda; it is a vision from God and I do not take it lightly. My motivation is the people waiting on my obedience; my motivation is honoring God with every part of my life, including my business.

What is your go-to Bible verse for inspiration?

Madeline: There are three verses that I keep close to my heart especially as I continue to take leaps of faith and grow in my relationship with the Lord.

1.     "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” - Jeremiah 31:3 

2.     “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” - Numbers 23:19

3.     “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”  - Hebrews 11:1

These three verses encompass so much of who the Lord has revealed Himself to be: loving, graceful, faithful and trustworthy.

What is your #1 tip for readers who may be searching for their purpose?

Madeline: I advise anyone who is searching for their purpose to seek God and talk to Him. We often overcomplicate it. Just talk to God and read the Word. We are made in His image; when we know Him, we come to know ourselves and He reveals our purpose to us.

Cultivating a God-centered community is also important to learning  what Kingdom purpose means, confirming what you are hearing in prayer as well as helping you see what walking in purpose looks like. Power of 3 Services offers individual advising for anyone interested in what Kingdom purpose means and what it looks like to model in your job every single day. Contact us (m.madrigal@powerof3services.com) for your free consultation!  

How does one carry a Godly purpose into a secular environment such as the corporate world? Aren’t these two areas mutually exclusive?

Madeline: Unfortunately, the world has led us to believe that the corporate world is secular. As believers we know God is the creator of all things; in Exodus 19:5 the Lord tells Moses “...for all the earth is mine…” thus we cannot accept and operate as though His earth stops at the doors of corporations. As believers in the corporate setting we are responsible to be His light (Matthew 5:13). That can mean using your spiritual gifts of administration, giving, leadership, etc. in your day-to-day job. It also means upholding your witness by maintaining integrity and operating in excellence in all you do since all our work is unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23). As believers in corporate, we often expect our purpose to be a grandiose manifestation of God behind our laptops, but He seeks our obedience with simple acts before He trusts us with more. These simple acts of God’s light include showing up on time, being kind to others when your flesh wants to be passive aggressive via email, showing grace to the new person who is taking longer to learn than you would like, etc.

We carry our Kingdom purpose in the corporate world by dying of our flesh in everything about our jobs; that is how His light shines even in the corporate world.

Are there any last thoughts that you would like to share with Wit + Grace Magazine readers?

Madeline: At Power of 3, we understand that taking on a project or managing your career is not always easy. It is especially not easy when you feel torn between the world and the Word. We advise individuals and companies on managing projects from strategy to implementation in purpose with the Lord’s will.

The mission of Power of 3 Services is to advise and edify individuals and business owners toward alignment with their Kingdom purpose in the corporate world. We wholeheartedly believe you are called to have joy and fulfillment in the corporate world and we are passionate about partnering with you on that discovery.  

My team and I are ready to help you develop and manage strategies for not only thriving in the corporate world but also living with eternal purpose and joy. Your success is Kingdom success. Contact us at m.madrigal@powerof3services.com for your initial consultation.

RSVP for Madeline’s Instagram Live Small Group Session on Kingdom Purpose on June 25th at 7:30pm here: https://mailchi.mp/ddbc503c3d2d/kingdompurposexcorpworld

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Consider This Before Starting Your Next Internship

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By: Felisha Ellison

 Every college student has heard the importance of interning. The job market can be unpredictable and prospective openings vary depending on the industry. As a result, well-meaning employers boast about the benefits of grinding at the bottom to gain the necessary work experience needed to compete for a job after graduation. This concept makes sense. Acquiring work experience within your desired career path should do nothing but propel you into the career of your dreams after graduation, right?

 Well, perhaps.

While it’s always a good idea to expand your experiences and absorb as much information as possible, it is also important to maintain a prudent eye as you consider prospective internships.  

Proverbs 22:3 (TPT - The Passion Translation) “A prudent person with insight foresees danger coming and prepares himself for it. But the senseless rush blindly forward and suffer the consequences.”

I have held more than seven internships over the course of my college career and after graduation. During this time, I’ve learned a lot about the landscape of internships and what an outstanding internship program looks like.

Here are some tips to consider before starting your next internship!

 

1.     What’s In It For You?

  • Remember that an internship should be a mutually beneficial relationship. As a student, I was often so hungry for the title of ‘intern’ that I focused more on what I would say during the interview than what the interviewer was saying to me. I learned the hard way that not all internships are created equal.

  • Pay attention to what the interviewer is saying. Ask not only what you can do for the internship, but what the internship can do for you.

    • Some questions to consider during the interview: What skills am I going to develop during this internship? Will there be a mentor to guide me?

  • Many internship roles involve a great deal of administrative work, i.e. filing, grabbing coffee for your boss, etc.  If you know what you want to get out of the internship beforehand, work with your boss to balance these tasks with necessary skills you’ll need to land your dream job once the internship is over.

  • If your boss doesn’t initially provide a structured list of learning objectives, you can suggest things that you would like to learn based on your desired goals. A quick Google search of job descriptions in your prospective field can provide insight on the type of experience you should have when entering the work force. The skill set and experience outlined in these job descriptions should be consistent with what you learn during your internship.

  • If the internship is eligible for college credit, the learning objectives may be outlined by your university. Although, it never hurts to show initiative by researching additional skills that you would like to learn and present them to your hiring manager. This not only shows initiative, but also interest in the role that you are pursuing. It may also help pull you away from the coffee maker for a few hours!

2.    Know Your Worth and Add Tax:

  • I have held a series of both paid and unpaid internships. Of course, remembering my financial struggles as a college student, I favor paid internships. Paid internships are especially useful if you are studying at an out-of-state school as it can help offset some of your cost of living. Attending college is an expensive feat on its own, so the opportunity to be compensated for food, travel, and time (one or all three) can have a lasting impact on your overall well-being as a student.

  • Not having to worry about how you will get to your internship or how you will eat during lunch will help smooth out some of the obstacles that come with balancing school, an internship, and perhaps a part-time job all at the same time. There are laws in place to help regulate internship pay. The U.S. Department of Labor has a test for determining if an intern should be paid or not. Find it here.

Check your local legislation to learn the specific requirements regarding internships in your city.

  • If your internship is not paid, look for resources to help supplement your income. If you are a minority looking to intern, you can apply for funding at www.shattertheceiling.co/apply.

  • Some paid internships are the equivalent of an entry-level position within a company. While this is a strategic budgeting strategy for the business, it can prove to be a disparaging reality for many interns. With this in mind, try to find out if interns are typically hired at the end of the program that you are pursuing. If the internship has a revolving door structure, decide if this will be the right program for you. Depending on where you are in your job search, the structure of your internship can prove to either align with or create a roadblock for your career aspirations. Wherever you are on your internship journey, remember to learn from your experiences and use them to create a better future for yourself.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28 (NIV – New International Version)

3.     Do Your Research:

  • Be diligent in researching your position before starting the internship. Ask a lot of questions during the interview process to avoid confusion and disappointment as a result of unmet expectations.

  • A great resource for learning the scope of a company from an insider’s perspective is glassdoor.com! With Glassdoor, you can read what other interns and employees have said about their experiences with various companies. Always read reviews with a grain of salt as perspectives may be skewed by an influx of extreme instances. Just know that reviews may also provide some useful insight.  

  • Research the company’s values and mission statement. Decide if they align with your personal values. Review the location, atmosphere, and company culture when you visit the office for your interview and try to get an idea of if this would be a place that you could see yourself working in the future.

  • Last but what is really first - pray about the role and seek God as to whether or not this is the next step that he is asking you to take in your career. If you feel peace about it, it may be the right door to walk through.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 (NIV – New International Version)

Overall, learn all that you can and remain open to new experiences.


How to 'Live Better and Lead Best' in 2019

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by Brittany Cole

At the end of last year, all I could think of was "hurry up 2019!" Then I had to stop and remind myself that 2018 was truly a blessing.

You see, 2017 was a year of extremes. I’d accomplished a big career goal and learned through experience what resilience and persistence truly meant. Talk about a high! We, my husband and I, moved to my dream city, New York City, so I could take on a new marketing role that was the first of its kind, and I just knew was meant for me!

Enter disruption.

Three months after relocating from Chattanooga, TN to New York, NY my mom died unexpectedly. So, 2017 brought a whole new meaning to the word resilience and the amazing power of grace. I was so glad to welcome the new year.

In contrast, 2018 was the year of clarity, purposeful living and growth – both personally and professionally. I’m grateful for the amazing people I’ve had the opportunity to work with this past year and all the lessons I’ve learned.

Professionally and personally I’m most proud of:

  • Exceeding my 2018 goals as a brand manager and being recognized across by my company for my innovative work as a digital marketer

  • Earning a promotion to relocate back to my hometown of Nashville, TN to lead a sales team and see them continue to achieve

  • Sharing my voice and being invited to speak to groups within my organization that I would’ve never been exposed to otherwise

  • Raising my hand to lead diversity and inclusion initiatives within my organization that truly fuel my people development passion

  • Expanding my speaker and coaching opportunities with STYLE by Britt to inspire collegiate to C-Suite leaders across various universities and companies thrive in the workplace

  • Gaining clarity on how my professionally career, purpose and calling all intersect and how every obstacle has been necessary to help me serve others with greater impact

  • Seeing my husband elevate within his profession, serve on boards that fuel his passion and land his dream job

I believe that every experience is an opportunity for continuous improvement. As I continue to learn and grow, here are a few lessons from 2018 that I’ll be taking with me into 2019:

  • Every obstacle I’ve encountered personally and professionally has shown me that I’m more equipped, capable, qualified and ready than I thought. It’s time for me to start believing BIGGER.

  • I can create the opportunities I want to see in my workplace. Sometimes my biggest obstacle was staring back at me in the mirror.

  • Beyond a vacation, spa appointment or salon visit, self-care is about learning to say no to experiences and even people that don’t align with my purpose and mission

  • Bringing my authentic self to work, every day, creates opportunities in alignment with who I am and where I thrive best. The more I’ve shared my love of speaking and professional development, the more opportunities I received – even within my organization.

  • Vulnerability is strength and it creates trust, which is essential to thriving in relationships and business.

  • Take the vacation. There will always be more to do, and if my leadership is creating more leaders then there will be people on my team that can cover the gaps in my absence.

  • Saying and being told no makes room for my best YES! Once again, it’s essential!

 
I hope you’ve also taken some time to reflect on all that you have accomplished, experienced and, most importantly, learned this year!

What are some of your big aha moments and lessons that you’re taking into 2019?

As I commit to more purposeful living and flourishing in my gifts, I look forward to doing more speaking and coaching in the new year! If you’re interested in working with me to help you thrive in your career or booking me to speak, please visit www.stylebybritt.com for more info!

Brittany Cole is a brand manager, speaker, and career coach who helps diverse millennials identify their personal brand and cultivate executive presence to thrive in the workplace. Learn more about her at www.stylebybritt.com or follow her on social media @stylebybritt