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Article -> Creating a Culture of Faith, Kindness and Love

Date Added: September 2018

The more time invested in working with organizational cultures, the more convinced I am about the simple things to achieve an amazing culture. Mainly faith, kindness, love and choice.

Faith is defined as confidence in what we hope for and assurance in what we do not see. Many equate hope with a positive culture and other positive benefits; although faith is stronger since it contains hope within its definition.

Faith expands hope to having confidence in what we do hope for, while adding an idealistic view of what we do not see. This is important because while there are measures of culture and engagement, much of culture is intangible; a feeling of employees being joyful about their jobs and organization.

Alfred Delp shared thoughts related to culture. As background, Delp was arrested by The Gestapo in 1944 and hanged in 1945. He noted, if through one’s life there is a little more love and kindness, a little more light and truth in the world, then one would not have lived in vain.

While we may consider kindness related to our co-workers and culture, we often do not think of love. Yet, one of the most common employee expectations is they want to be treated with the same respectful manner as one would expect to treat others. Not rocket science!

When considering this with the definition of faith, we need to practice and apply the simple things of faith and ultimately treat each other with mutual respect, as we each want to be treated. This means being caring, kind and compassionate; and touching people’s hearts, heart-to-heart, which is really loving each other.

This does not mean you are best friends with every co-worker. It simply means we respect others as fellow human beings (i.e. even though we all have our quirks). None of us are perfect; however, we are each as perfect as we were created to be. This is what makes us human beings and able to both be part of the problem in a weak organizational culture or collaborate to be the solution in creating a strong culture.

We all work with others we may not like. This creates tension in the workplace, which can lead to decreased engagement and possibly weak customer service. Instead, think of the person you love the most and keep that individual in your mind. Next time you interact with someone you do not get along with, imagine the face of the person you love each time you interact with the other individual. This works!

Delp further stated, The conditions of happiness have nothing whatever to do with outward evidence. They are exclusively dependent on an inner attitude. This is where faith, kindness and love are all about choice. It is our choice of attitude about how we treat others, how we imagine others as the face of one we love, how we demonstrate kindness, and how we have faith.

Many people seek power and want it for selfish reasons. We all have the power of choice. If we use the power of choice on faith, kindness and love; we would all work for the most amazing organization in the world and we would all have pretty good lives.

We are all part of the problem and part of the solution. Let us recognize our power of choice and have the courage to openly model behaviors of faith, kindness and love to start a culture transformation within yourself, your family and your organization.

David Yeghiaian is committed to inspiring others through faith and leadership. Reach him at david@unique-solutionsinc.com.
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