Creating the Best Workplace on Earth

I’m reading an article about transforming the workplace to bring out the best in people. I think some of the principles are directly related to work in the Church. As I read, I was reminded of the blessings I receive in doing what I do. Perhaps not every pastor would agree with me, but leading in the church is “the best workplace on earth.”

The article lists these characteristics gleaned from hundreds of executives from around the world. If a “dream” organization would have these basic elements:

1. You can be yourself
2. You’re told what’s really going on
3. Your strengths are magnified
4. The company stands for something meaningful
5. Your daily work is rewarding
6. Stupid rules don’t exist

These things seem to be common sense but as Voltaire said “Common sense is not so common.” As I look at my work, I find it to be so invigorating that these six elements are self-evident. Yet for some people, I’m sure it isn’t the same. Perhaps Henry Ford was right: “Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain.” If your in a position of leadership, how can you change your organization to become a “dream” organization? If you are not in a position to make the organization change, how can you start living differently so as to begin to influence the organization? After all, for things to change, somebody has to start living differently.

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