4 Reasons to Identify Your Organization’s Values

Provide Your Team the Clarity They Need

This is a guest post by my friend, Charles W. Smith Jr. He serves as the Vice President of Institutional Relations at Midwestern Seminary and College. He is the husband to his high school sweetheart, Ashley, and dad to his three girls. Follow him on Twitter at @Charleswsmithjr.

According to Patrick Lencioni, “Organizational values are the deeply ingrained principles and cultural cornerstones that guide all of a company’s actions.” These values inform a broad range of organizational realities including cultural expectations, team dynamics, and even strategic priorities. When properly practiced, values provide operational clarity. Here are 4 reasons why your organization needs to identify its values:

Top 10 Posts of 2015 (Part 2)

Reviewing #1 through #5

Why is being an underconfident leader dangerous? What mistakes do young leaders sometimes make? Does a married couple really need joint accounts? How can you identify silos in your organization? And what should we do if the government takes away our church’s tax exemption status? This year’s top five most viewed posts help answer these questions.

The Top 10 Posts of 2015

Looking at #6 through #10

What a great year! For all of you who subscribe or regularly read the posts on this site, thank you. It is truly humbling. For this post and the next, we will be reviewing the top ten posts of the year. Today, let’s look at #6 though #10.

3 Questions Every Organization Must Answer

Win With Simplicity and Clarity

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When dealing with large groups of people, simplicity and clarity win. Why did Apple’s iPod succeed? They were not the first to introduce an MP3 player. Many MP3 players were already available. In fact, Apple appeared to enter this market late. Yet, when they did introduce the iPod, it dominated the market. Did it have more features, more buttons? Was it easily compatible with numerous music providers?