The 7 Keys of Culture (podcast)

In this week's Leaders Factory Podcast, we're continuing our series from Dr. Samuel Chand's book Cracking Your Churches Culture Code. In this week's podcast Charles Scioritino and I discuss the 7 Keys of Culture built from an acronym that spells the word CULTURE. The culture of your organization is more powerful than your vision and your strategy and these 7 keys will help you uncover the weak areas of your culture that might be hindering your advancement. Listen in as we discuss the raw questions we asked our team and see if you are struggling with the same issues we are.

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7 Keys of Culture:

  1. Control.
 People function most effectively if they are given control (or authority) with responsibility. Teams thrive when there is a free flow of information and ready access to resources. Here are the questions we asked our staff this week: - Are the lines of authority and responsibility clear on our team? How can you tell?
 - Do people know what is expected of them, or are they confused sometimes?
 - Would you say there is too much control from the top, too little, or just the right amount? Explain.

  2. Understanding. Every person on a team needs to have a clear grasp of the vision, his or her role, the gifts and contributions of the team members, and the way the team functions.

 Here are the questions we asked our staff this week: 
- Is the vision for our team both God-sized and specific? Explain. 
- Do people on our team feel understood, valued, and directed to give their best each day? 
- Do most lines of communication on the team flow from the leader, or is there good cross-pollination? What’s the result of this flow?

  3. Leadership. (see next Friday's post for deeper explanation and the questions of this point)
  4. Trust.
 (see next Friday's post for deeper explanation and the questions of this point)
  5. Unafraid. (see next Friday's post for deeper explanation and the questions of this point)
  6. Responsive. (see next Friday's post for deeper explanation and the questions of this point)
  7. Execution. (see next Friday's post for deeper explanation and the questions of this point)

Questions: Is the control in your organization healthy or unhealthy? How clear is your team on the vision of your organization? Please leave your comment in the "Leave a Reply" box below.