This week I’m going to be posting my notes from Catalyst One Day. Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel did an incredible job tackling what Patrick Lencioni has called, “The single greatest untapped opportunity for improvement and competitive advantage.” Building a healthy organizational culture.
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Andy Stanley: Creating a Healthy Organizational Culture
- Church culture should be so stellar that people in the market place would want to work at the church because the local church should be the greatest place in the world to work not just on Sunday but through out the entire week!
- Every organization has a culture.
- Culture is the personality of the organization.
5 Insights about Culture
1. Leaders shape organizational culture whether they intend to or not
- When you walk into a new organization you can blame the culture on the previous administration for the first 3 years. But once you’ve been there 5 years or longer you’ve got no one to blame buy yourself
- Very few leaders are intentional about creating culture.
2. Time in erodes awareness of culture
- The longer you are in the culture of an organization the less aware of it you are.
- The new people coming into your organization will immediately be able to identify strengths and weaknesses of your culture.
- You have to create mechanisms that help you become aware of what’s going on in the organization
- The higher you are in the organization the less likely you will get the information you need. Because information gets filtered as it goes up Good news gets there fast, bad news doesn’t get there at all
3. Healthy cultures attract and keep healthy people
- Have a ministry don’t hire a ministry
- Your culture, not your theology has more to do with who comes and who goes from your organization
4. The culture of the organization impacts the long-term productivity of the organization
5. Unhealthy cultures are slow to adapt to change
- Unhealthy people always have their back to the market and are facing the people inside the organization
- Healthy people are willing to turn their back on the people and face the market and the future because they know the people have their back, they won’t stab them in the back
- Creating healthy culture rarely feels urgent, working on culture takes time but it is mission critical.
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