It’s called the Honor Chair–four legs, two arms and one fantastic opportunity to affirm the gifts, character and contributions of every person on your team. Learn how this simple five-minute exercise can help take your organizational culture to the next level.
The story comes from Dawn Pearcy, Director of Organizational Development at Calvary Chapel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
“Not long ago we received some very constructive feedback from or staff who desired more positive recognition. Our leadership took their honest comments to heart.
“Through careful listening, prayerful reflection and some creative brainstorming a brilliant, little idea came to life.”
“We called it the Honor Chair,” says Bobby Bemis, who is on Calvary’s worship staff. He shared with me how the Honor Chair works for any team or staff—like yours!
1. Before you start
Dive into your meeting’s agenda and choose a person to take a seat in the middle of the room.
2. One by one
Invite each team member to offer the person a one-word appreciation that captures his or her character. Let your gratitude flow.
3. Take a moment
Let each individual affirmation sink in for the person seated in the Honor Chair.
As you make time in the day to intentionally honor someone, all of you in the room are collectively changing your culture and allowing the fruit of your organization to grow and ripen.
The Honor Chair has added a new relational quality to staff meetings. Before we get to tasks, let’s affirm our people.
- By pausing to think about the word that best affirms your colleague, you put into practice the biblical truth of praising another person.
- By identifying your affirming word you find the good in the person and put away any needless criticism of him or her.
- By giving voice to a person’s distinctive quality, you may be calling out this person’s unknown, unrecognized strength and furthering his or her life-calling.
- By involving the Honor Chair on a person’s birthday, you help create a greater ongoing buy-in from team members who look forward to both giving and receiving personal affirmation.
Healthier relationships. Greater collaboration. Deepening, widespread trust.
This is what the staff at Calvary Chapel, Ft.Lauderdale has experienced over time through the Honor Chair.
You can expect these results, as well, through this powerful practice of affirmation that will bless your people in your commitment to create a more thriving, healthier culture.