Every organization has a particular culture. This culture can be created by default (doing nothing) or we can be intentional and create the kind of culture that we want it to have. Default culture is usually not healthy. When we create culture, we can put what we want into the organization’s DNA.
Here are three ways to create culture:
1. We talk about it. The Apostle Paul alluded to this principle when he wrote, “Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.” (Philippians 3:10)
We never get tired of talking about what is important. This should take place in all of our communication. This occur in our meetings, sermons, conversations, emails, our website, Facebook posts, and other social media platforms.
The leaders especially have to talk about the type of culture that they want to see in the business, organization, or church. There should never be a mystery about what our values are and what we want the organization to look like. When you think you have talked about culture enough, you are just getting started.
2. We live it. The power of example was seen in another of place in Paul’s letter to the Philippians. He said, “Imitate me as I follow Christ.” (Phil. 4:9) Our people will learn more by watching us than just by what we say. Our example is powerful and we must never forget that our employees, volunteers, and members are watching us closely. If we live what we say, they will probably help us in creating and perpetuating the kind of culture we want and our organization needs.
3. We praise others who practice our values. “Now I urge you, brothers—you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints— be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer. I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for your absence, for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such people.” (1 Corinthians 16:15-18)
Publicly honoring those who are living out our values is so important. This reinforces what we want to see practiced. It is a powerful thing when we honor someone in front of their peers and hold them up as an example. This will inspire the same kind of behavior in others.
What are some other ways that we can create the right kind of culture?
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