2 key principles for a healthy culture

leaf 2 Lauren AUG 2013Good morning – I hope your week has gone well so far!

You have heard me say often about how important it is to have a healthy culture within your organization. I am becoming more and more convinced of that idea and realizing that it is the key difference in organizations. It is also intensely personal as we spend so much time at work. A healthy workplace nurtures people, an unhealthy workplace wears people down. So here are two more principles for you to consider as you work to make your organization healthier.

1. “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses them will obtain mercy.” – Proverbs 28:13. Transparency in any relationship is important – the key is, is it a safe place to be transparent? As a leader, you have to set the tone and demonstrate vulnerability. Demonstrate that you too make mistakes and are willing to share them so that others may learn from you. Mistakes and failures are great learning tools – for you and others. So set the tone and be willing to share your failures and what you have learned and make it safe for others to do so as well.

2. “Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue.” – Proverbs 28:23. We all have blind spots and we all have unhealthy behaviors and we need one another to speak into those areas of our lives. However, we often don’t do so. I call it being nice versus being kind. In this case being nice is an artificial way of keeping harmony. You are careful not to make anyone feel uncomfortable – especially yourself. The result is that while you are smiling at someone and praising them, they are moving forward in some type of destructive behavior. Often the kind thing to do is the most uncomfortable one – to confront someone about a bad behavior. Your motivation is the key here – are you rebuking them because they are irritating you or because you want them to grow and have even greater impact?

Transparency and the willingness to confront someone because you care about them. Two behaviors that will greatly strengthen your culture.

Enjoy the rest of your week!