By Rick Boxx
步驟三： 發展你的策略 除非你有改變的策略，否則你的企業文化不會有任何改變。我和我的朋友都在為我們的企業做諮商。當企業在發展他們的策略時，很明顯的，執行者必須要做一些調整。這些調整會幫助你的企業成功地往前進。
你會如何描述自己的公司或是組織的文化？ 你覺得這個企業文化有什麼優點和缺點。 為什麼一個組織的文化很重要？利潤和損失、製造和銷售是一個企業最重要的嗎？一個公司的企業文化，無論好壞如何影響一個企業的成功和失敗？ 在文章中建立健康企業文化的五個步驟中，如果你能更改其中一個，你會改哪一個？為什麼？
FIVE STEPS TO A HEALTHY BUSINESS CULTURE
By Rick Boxx
In my book, Unconventional Business, I identify five steps towards developing a healthy, ethical culture within a company or organization. The first step is “Assessing the strength of your culture.” Years ago, I reviewed a culture assessment tool with a business owner. He gave himself the highest rankings, assuring me his staff would as well. When my assessment for his company was complete, however, this owner learned his entire team had rated his leadership – and the culture of his organization – very low.
1 Corinthians 3:18 says, “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.” To establish a healthy culture, begin with an objective assessment of your existing culture; otherwise, you are likely to be deceived.
The second step is to “Cast vision for the future.” In 1961, during the “Cold War” with Russia, U.S. President John F. Kennedy cast a bold vision. He proclaimed America would place a man on the moon by 1970. By publicly communicating his dream, Kennedy set the stage for the fulfillment of that vision.
In Habakkuk 2:3, the Lord told Habakkuk, “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail.” Your team needs a vision of what the culture of your organization could look like in the future. If it is compelling enough, they will help you achieve that vision.
Step three is to “Develop your strategy and tactics.” Your culture will not change unless you take the necessary steps. A friend and I were consulting with a contractor on his business culture. While developing the strategy and tactics, it became obvious this contractor had language barriers requiring some adjustments. These helped the process – and the business – to move forward successfully.
Proverbs 16:9 teaches, “The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” When developing your strategy and tactics, begin with the vision of the future, invite God into the process, and break down the necessary steps your unique situation will require.
Step four is to “Communicate, communicate, communicate.” If you do not constantly communicate values and vision for the future, they can be easily forgotten. Some leaders host events focused on company values. Others scroll their values on TV screens or post signs on office walls.
In Deuteronomy 6, God communicated His laws by telling the Israelites, “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” To develop a healthy culture, communicate values frequently and consistently.
The final step is to “Make periodic assessments and adjustments.” A company had a fairly strong culture. However, when a partner of the business left, taking customers and employees with him, this devastated the organization”s culture. Developing a culture is not a destination, it is a journey.
Facing an enemy attack, Nehemiah, had to assess his culture and adjust while rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. In Nehemiah 4:9 he wrote, “But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set up a guard against them day and night.” As part of your plan for building a healthy culture don”t forget to schedule periodic assessments.
Copyright 2017, Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective. To learn more about Integrity Resource Center or to sign up for Rick”s daily Integrity Moments, visit www.integrityresource.org. His new book, Unconventional Business, provides “Five Keys to Growing a Business God”s Way.”
How would you describe your company”s – or organization”s culture – right now? What are the culture”s strengths, as you perceive them, as well as its weaknesses? Why is an organization”s culture important? Are not profits and losses, production numbers and sales, the primary considerations? How can a culture – good or bad – influence business successes or failures? If you were to focus on just one of the five suggested steps for building a healthy business culture, which would it be – and why?
NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Proverbs 24:27, 27:23-27, 29:18; Ezekiel 34:12; John 10:1-5,11-15; Philippians 2:3-4