Integrity is important for your leadership. It is important for you to be the same person all the time, especially if you are running a business. The people in your charge are relying on you to display the kind of character that is necessary to produce a healthy business culture. That’s why it is imperative that you exhibit business leadership integrity.
You can’t afford to be one kind of person at the workplace and one kind of person at home. That is not integrity. That is compartmentalization. And that will sabotage your business culture.
Here are three disciplines to implement to maintain business leadership integrity and develop a healthy business culture.
Whatever business you are in, I believe it is mandatory for every company to have a thoughtful strategic plan. When your day-to-day work becomes overwhelming, you need to have a plan that will keep you focused on where you want to go as a company over the long haul.
A thoughtful strategic plan gives everyone a clear sense of the organization’s direction. Leadership commits to it in writing. Staff puts the plan into action.
Before I started Transformational Impact LLC, I worked with my friend Ben Case at Case Consulting Services, Inc. Ben is reputedly one of the best major gift fundraisers in the world, having helped nonprofits raise more than $4.3 billion in his 40 years of fundraising.
In 2016, Ben Case and I wrote a series on Six Keys to Thoughtful Strategic Planning. Here’s a summary of those six keys.
My New Book Made the CLA Top Ten New Books List!
The Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) has come out with their Winter 2017 issue of Outcomes Magazine, and my new book, Dear Boss: What Your Employees Wish You Knew, made their Top Ten New Books List.
I will be speaking about my book Dear Boss at CLA’s Outcomes Conference in Dallas April 18 at their Chief HR Officer Forum. To register for the conference, click here.
As you think through what you want to do differently in the coming year, it’s important to think through how you will change you in 2018. You can’t change your circumstances until you change yourself first.
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity. Do not do that to yourself. If you want to have different results, you must change you first.
You will be the same person in ten years that you are right now—unless you change these three things.
Strategic planning seems overly complex to many people. There are many different methodologies to choose from in approaching the strategic planning process. But there are basic steps involved in all strategic planning processes, and understanding those steps will help leaders in de-mystifying strategic planning.
Many organizations don’t take the time to do strategic planning because they don’t understand it. Because it sounds more complex than it really is.
Here are the basic three steps to understanding and de-mystifying strategic planning.
Many people want to have better relationships in their life, but they are unwilling to do what needs to be done to develop them.
Good relationships don’t just happen. They have to be carefully cultivated. If you will have better relationships with your team or with your family, then you must be intentional and consistent in growing those relationships.
Here are five ways you can develop better relationships at work or at home.
Employee retention is a huge component of having a successful business. Once you have taken the time to train your employees, you want to make sure that they stay with you.
If they don’t stay, then you have the cost of filling the gap left by that person, the cost of finding their replacement, and the cost of training their replacement. It is much more economically advantageous to you for them to stay.
In order to retain your employees, it is important to create a workplace culture where they want to stay. Here are three key strategies for employee retention.
It’s important to have core values of truth and mercy. Living those values will bring about a godly culture in your home or workplace. But how does that work practically? Are there situations when those core values conflict?
God calls you to stand for truth, but also to exemplify mercy (Micah 6:8). And He does not want you to choose one over the other.
Here’s a scriptural perspective of how truth and mercy work together, to demonstrate you do not have to have these core values conflict.
Trust is the key ingredient of a healthy workplace culture, and trust is a huge predictor of the success of the leadership of any business. When your team trusts you and each other, everything works better. That’s why it is important to develop a Culture of Trust in your business.
We are wired to want to trust others. And we are disappointed when people fail to live up to those expectations. When trust is absent, everything becomes more difficult.
Building trust will be key in moving your business forward. Your trustworthiness will be the most important aspect of your leadership. But you have to earn the right to be trusted. You have to show that you are trustworthy.
Here are five B’s necessary for building a Culture of Trust.
As a leader, one of your greatest assets is the morale of your team. How you wield your influence can profoundly affect the culture of your organization. The more intentional and consistent you are in building the culture, the greater the benefits you will see from your leadership. That’s why it is so important to create a Team Culture in your company.
Most of the time morale is noticed only when it’s not there. No one typically thinks about morale if it’s good. You will do everyone on your team a favor if they don’t have to notice the (lack of) morale in your company.
Here is a five-step process you as a leader can use to build morale in your company—and create a Team Culture in the process.