Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect Romans 12:2
Our culture impacts our people, positively or negatively. Many times business people talk about culture improvement, but what they really seem to be after is to have people conform at a more structured level in order to gain enhanced results for the business. In some cases business leaders may even use culture as a way of manipulating people.
Our goal should be to create a culture that positively impacts our people, and is reflective of how we have been transformed. Will that culture provide better business results? Absolutely. But that is a byproduct of honoring God in our culture rather than the primary goal.
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. 1 Corinthians 11:1-2
Our culture should look at people through God’s eyes. By building a culture that imitates Christ, we as leaders are able to create that reality. A culture founded in God’s principles will positively impact people, and maybe even open the door for truly transformed lives. We want our people to live as God has designed them to be, to expand and renew, to live in confidence rather than fear, to know what is good and acceptable and perfect.
As you reflect on your culture, ask yourself these questions:
- What is my culture now?
- How does it need to change so that I am more pleased with it and it more fully honors God?
- What one step will I take now to begin designing and moving toward that culture?