Can you afford to ignore the priority of healthy communication in your organization?
Jos Snoep knows he can’t run from this question.
As President of Bible League International—with the opportunity to bring God’s Word to 7 billion people in 200 countries—Jos knows that healthy communication is critical to ensure a healthy, flourishing workplace culture. He doesn’t mince words:
“A healthy culture is your most important invisible asset. If your culture is not healthy it can be a serious liability.”
Why go this route and jeopardize everything? The best and only alternative is to take a peek at the Strategic Action Plan Jos and his senior team developed to significantly increase both the organization’s communication and the health of their workplace!
You’ll hear the action steps, great stories, results and more in this episode of the Flourishing Culture Podcast.
I want you to have the highlights of Jos’ highly successful strategy, right here, right now!
You can introduce, build, even accelerate, healthy communication throughout your departments, your teams, and especially your leaders. Jos and each of the 129 staff members know it’s all about these three critical essentials, as Jos says:
1.“INVITE your people from every level of your organization, to bring their perspectives, thoughts, and ideas to the table. As you’ll discover, this ‘bottom-up’ turned Bible League International’s traditional leadership approach upside down. What poured out (and re-energized their culture) might surprise you.
- Bring an attitude of trust to your people.
- Remember, you’re not hiring people to tell them what to do; you’re hiring people who want to contribute to your organization’s mission and vision.
2. “LISTEN to your people in a way that honors and respects who they are, what they offer.
- Take time to hear what they have to say about the ministry.
- As you listen, you’ll experience a treasure of understanding, commitment, and dedication to your mission that will bring you together.
- By listening, you’ll build platforms for communication. Together, you’ll find solutions as a group of leaders who love being together.
- By listening to your people, you see how they’re already poised to bring their convictions, character, and talent in order to collaborate across departments, with colleagues willing to do the same.”
“A healthy culture can be your most important invisible asset, and when it’s not healthy it can be a serious liability.”
3. “EMPOWER your people. Inviting and listening point the way to empowering them individually, and more so as dynamic teams of dedicated people who want to contribute to your organization’s mission. As you empower your people as professionals, together you will be:
- making them part of the outcome,
- reminding yourself, as the CEO, you are not making executive decisions, but rather guiding the decision-making process
- involving prayer as a strategy,
- exchanging fear for freedom at work,
- letting go of the need to control, and
- creating diversity by valuing all the various voices that make up your culture.”
Jos would say, a quick three-step way to spark Healthy Communication would be to ask yourself, “How will I involve people as part of a team (no silos allowed), seek to listen and understand, and then act on their ideas that can strengthen the overall goal and mission of the organization?”
It’s Your Turn
How would you answer this question? Who at work could benefit from listening to what you have to say?
Coming Up Next in on our Continuing Series
“Bettering Your Company Culture Through Healthy Communication”
Troy Meachum, President
ACR Supply Co.
Durham, North Carolina
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