Al Lopus is the Cofounder and CEO at Best Christian Workplaces Institute. He is an organizational culture and leadership consultant, coach, speaker and author.

Season 2 Episode 2: Developing Outstanding Talent // Tara VanderSande, Willow Creek Community Church

Thanks for joining us on Season 2 of The Flourishing Culture Podcast! There is little question about the significant influence Willow Creek Community Church has had on leadership development in the Christian world. A key to Willow Creek’s healthy, flourishing culture has been developing outstanding talent. How do they do it? The answer just might benefit your organization.…

How to Develop Your Leadership Like Willow Creek

I want to give you one of the clearest, proven links between a flourishing culture and an effective, successful organization: developing outstanding talent. It comes your way today, courtesy of one of the most knowledgeable, respected leaders I know in the area of people management and development. I’d like to introduce you to Tara VanderSande, staff…

Season 2 Episode 1: 3 Keys to Building Trust with Your Staff // Al Lopus, BCWI President

Thanks for joining us today as we kick off Season 2 of The Flourishing Culture Podcast! In our listener survey last fall, the number one topic you were interested in hearing about is how to build a trust-based culture. Listen to the Episode Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Radio Today, our Communications Coordinator, Rachel Large, is…

5 Practical Principles for a Trust-Based Organizational Culture

QUESTION: Is there a trusted way for your organization to get more done at a greater speed and at a lower cost? The answer is, “YES!”   The Challenge In his book, The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni says that a cohesive leadership team is the most important thing any organization can have. And the glue that…

Episode 59: Sustainable Strategy // Doug Mazza, Joni & Friends

Welcome to The Flourishing Culture Podcast! Our research indicates that one of the top four drivers of employee engagement is what we call Sustainable Strategy. So the question we’re going to explore today is: How does a Christian faith-based organization develop and execute an effective, even sustainable, strategy? Of the more than 700 organizations we’ve surveyed, Joni and Friends has consistently…

In Case You Missed It: Top Posts & Podcasts of 2016 (So Far!)

Most read. Most listened to. Most popular. Here they are, our top-ranked blog posts and podcasts from the first half of 2016! These timeless truths, practical insights and inspiring stories from gifted Christian leaders show you how a thriving, healthy culture is essential to organizational success. We’ve even broken out the list by industry, so you can…

Episode Encore: The Process of Culture Transformation // Sue Hood, Willow Creek Community Church

Welcome to The Flourishing Culture Podcast! Willow Creek Community Church and their senior pastor Bill Hybels have been an inspirational model for building a healthy, flourishing culture. Bill has been very public about the transformation of Willow’s staff culture from nearly toxic to highly flourishing. Bill is the first to say, “The culture in any organization will only…

Staff Recognition: Simple but Powerful

Employee recognition is not just a nice thing to do for your staff. It’s a communication tool that reinforces and rewards the most important outcomes people create for your organization. Employees who feel appreciated: Often go above and beyond what is expected of them Are more productive and motivated Are more likely to stay with the organization…

Episode Encore: Engaging Staff to Achieve Our Calling // Tami Heim, Christian Leadership Alliance

Welcome to The Flourishing Culture Podcast! As Christian leaders, how can we most effectively achieve our organizations’ calling and purpose in these rapidly changing times? In this episode, Al is talking with Tami Heim, the President and CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance. Listen to the Audio Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Radio Prior to CLA, Tami…

Joni and Friends’ 4 Pillars of Sustainable Strategy

Culture and strategy are inextricably intertwined. The two must work together in harmony for us to fulfill our organizations’ God-given missions. No one knows this better than Doug Mazza, President and Chief Operating Officer of Joni and Friends, whose sustainable organizational strategy catapulted the international ministry from $6 million to $30 million in annual revenue.…