Thanks for joining us on Season 6 of The Flourishing Culture Podcast, brought to you by The Best Christian Workplaces Institute. You’ll learn how to build a flourishing workplace culture that drives the ministry impact of your organization, your church, or your company brought to you by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute. Now here’s your host, BCWI CEO, Al Lopus.
You’ll find today’s guest has a fascinating story of how he inherited a very unhealthy culture at a Christian college and turned it into a flourishing one. Listen in to how he did it.
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We all know that tremendous employee engagement equates to a tremendously flourishing workplace culture. A lot of leaders would be glad if 60% of their people felt engaged in their work. My guest today leads an organization where 79% of the employees—nearly 80%–feel engaged. How do they do it? What’s been their secret? We’re about to find out.
I want to welcome my return guest, Mark Maxwell, President of Prairie College in Three Hills, Alberta Canada. Mark, welcome back to the Flourishing Culture Podcast.
Let’s be sure to turn to God in prayer; he cares. If our work matters then he wants to be part of it. All we need to do is humble ourselves and turn to him—genuine surrender to God.”
In this episode, you’ll hear about:
- Some insights behind Prairie College’s high level of employee engagement (03:02)
- “We have a tremendous group of professionals who have a strong level of ownership in the school and our mission” (03:04)
- “Prairie’s created purpose was to teach the Bible to young people, around the phrase “To know Christ and make Him known,” penned in 1923″ (04:08)
- Putting Bible into Prairie College’s curriculum (05:55)
- High levels of engagement arrived because of transparency and harmony, those two major conduits of love (08:53)
- “Give the worst news as quickly as possible and then deal with it; change course or get it corrected.” (11:07)
- How do you lay off half of your staff and maintain harmony? (12:10)
- “If you’re getting rid of the right people, they’re going to love you. Start with the bullies, the self-righteous religious ones, the ones who are divisive” (12:22)
- “The truth – we have spent a century watching God work things out here at Prairie” (16:21)
- At what point, did Mark begin to realize why a flourishing culture was absolutely essential for an organization to fulfill its mission? (17:17)
- “Really smart, hard-working, nice people at Gordon Capital in Toronto” (20:20)
- “Good Character, Competent, Good Chemistry, Called” (20:52)
- What does it feel like when a workplace culture is wrong? (24:20)
- Professionalism shows up
- Bureaucracy becomes an idol
- You Rock Award (28:48)
- “Attitude of gratitude. Thanking the achievers.”(28:31)
- A culture of encouragement (29:00)
- Celebrate the wins
- Laughing at our losses
- Do something to improve the human touch when combating professionalism in the workplace (32:29)
- Prayed openly (33:17)
- “Whoever does the cutting needs to stick around because they have the game plan from God on how to rebuild.” (35:43)
- “Profitability is a core value of nonprofit organizations. Profitability is a must if our mission is to survive.” (37:44)
- What do you say to fellow leaders wondering how to begin, who aren’t looking for a way out, but a way forward for their culture and their organization? (38:54)
- “Let’s be sure to turn to God in prayer; he cares. If our work matters then he wants to be part of it. All we need to do is humble ourselves and turn to him—genuine surrender to God.” (39:27)
- “Transparency is mission-critical. Numbers are friends. Bad numbers are good to talk about. We build our own personal capital by talking about bad numbers, bad data.” (39:54)
- Rumors trump facts (40:18)
Watch Prairie College Celebrate their High Employee Engagement Score on YouTube here.
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