Dr. Samuel Chand said this in his outstanding book Cracking Your Churches Culture Code, “The most powerful features of an organizational culture are trust and respect." Without these two ingredients, an organization will have a very hazardous culture and will not grow no matter how strong and compelling the vision is. It is imperative for leaders to be constantly evaluating the health of their culture. Dr. Chand highlights 9 enemies of a healthy culture. It is easy to get tripped up by one or more of these 9 common hazards. Listen in on our Leader's Factory Podcast as we discuss in detail these 9 enemies.
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9 Enemies of a Healthy Culture:
- Unrealistic Demands. There’s nothing wrong with having high expectations, so long as there is always a healthy dose of realism in an atmosphere that welcomes give-and-take, creativity, and problem solving at all levels.
- Blaming Others. Almost nothing builds trust like a leader’s accepting responsibility, and almost nothing destroys it as quickly as blaming others for one’s mistakes.
- Feeling threatened by others’ success. Some leaders demand to be the center of attention, the go-to person for the organization, and they feel threatened when anyone else succeeds or receives applause.
- Power struggles. Everyone longs for security and significance, but without trust, the only hope of achieving these goals lies in hiding to avoid trouble or in beating others to the top.
- Dishonesty. Some leaders may be able to fool some of the people some of the time, but they can’t fool all the people all the time.
- Creating an atmosphere of fear. Fear is one of the most powerful motivators in the world, but it is also one of the most destructive.
- Using people instead of valuing them. People long to be seen as people of value, and they do their best when they feel appreciated.
- Unclear vision, strategy, goals, and values. People don’t thrive in confusion. Understanding is an essential element of a healthy work environment. Unpredictable leaders produce tentative followers.
- A lack of authenticity. People thrive on genuine appreciation, but they bristle when they sense that affirmations are less than sincere. A lack of authenticity in appreciation further erodes trust and creates doubt among the troops.
The above is taken from Dr. Samuel Chand's book Cracking Your Churches Culture Code. To order your copy today CLICK HERE.
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