Welcome to The Flourishing Culture Podcast! Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.” We couldn’t agree more with this principle, and today’s guest is a living example of it. Time and again, we’ve seen that building a culture of trust not only improves employees’ daily workplace experience, but even leads to increased productivity and thus ministry impact.
Today, we’re talking with Barry Slauenwhite, president of Compassion Canada, who has served there since 1983. Over the past several years, Compassion Canada has experienced 20% annual growth, while giving new promise and purpose to 1.4 million children around the world.
Barry has very intentionally created a culture of trust and integrity by casting a vision for the company’s culture and then enforcing it relentlessly. He demonstrates trustworthiness and demands it in his employees, and today’s discussion is jam-packed with wisdom from a humble leader. Let’s go to the interview.
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In this episode, you’ll learn about:
- Barry’s story of moving from the corporate world to pastoral ministry and then into the nonprofit/parachurch industry
- What it means to be a “well-managed” organization
- Barry’s definition of management: Helping God’s people exercise their spiritual gifts and natural abilities in a harmonious way to benefit His Kingdom
- Creating a culture where everyone comes to work with a smile on their faces
- Factors that correlate with being well-managed on the BCWI Employee Engagement Survey
- Practical strategies to implement trust in the workplace
- Releasing control over every aspect of your organization and trusting your team to carry out the ministry’s work
- Strategic leadership is all about building others through discipleship
- Celebrating new ideas, initiatives and innovation with your core leadership so they’ll be more inclined to seek out ideas from their teams
A good leader is not one who has control, but one who hires competent people and releases them to do the work.
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Explore Additional Resources
- Learn more about Compassion Canada: compassion.ca
- Find Compassion Canada on Facebook and Twitter
- Find Barry on LinkedIn and Twitter
- Learn more about organizational trust in our blog post: Building Trust in Organizations: Your Toolkit for Increasing Trust and Productivity
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