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The Flourishing Culture Podcast

Welcome to the Flourishing Culture Podcast, brought to you by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute. Each week, we bring you timely, transformative truths from the Christian workplace you can use to build a flourishing culture and a thriving organization. Listen in as Al Lopus, President of BCWI, conducts interviews with Best Christian Workplace leaders. Learn more at www.bcwinstitute.org.
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Now displaying: August, 2016
Aug 29, 2016

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 be as good as the top leader wants it to be.” He also knows that it takes effective “blocking and tackling on the front lines” to make it real throughout the organization.

Today, we’ve invited Sue Hood, human resources manager of staff engagement, to help us look behind the curtain to see how Willow Creek has created such a flourishing culture.

Please enjoy this listener favorite from our archives while we prepare for the launch of Season 2 in September!

Find the full show notes at http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/encore-sue-hood-willow-creek.

Aug 22, 2016

Our podcast is on hiatus for a few weeks as we prepare to launch Season 2 in September. Today, we have one of the most popular episodes from our archives to share with you. Enjoy this listener favorite!

As Christian leaders, how can we most effectively achieve our organizations’ calling and purpose in these rapidly changing times? Today, Al is talking with Tami Heim, the President and CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance. Prior to CLA, Tami held key executive positions in Christian publishing after nearly 20 years as a Retail Industry executive, including a stint as the President of Borders. Listen in as Al and Tami cover a wide range of topics facing Christian leaders today.

Find the full show notes at http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/encore-tami-heim-christian-leadership-alliance.

Aug 15, 2016

What leadership practices in Christian organizations are having a positive, dramatic impact to effectively address a huge global problem? And how does an organization's staff culture impact its ability to change our world?

Our guest today has an answer. He leads an organization that’s addressing one of our world’s greatest problems: poverty. We're talking with Peter Greer, President and CEO of HOPE International, a global nonprofit focused on Christ-centered job creation, savings mobilization and microenterprise development.

HOPE International takes a holistic approach to help families in poverty by investing in them. And what's more, we are convinced that their genuine care and compassion for their own staff is a huge part of the solution to poverty overall.

Find the full show notes at http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/58-peter-greer-hope-international

Aug 8, 2016

Seven years ago, you probably wouldn’t have wanted Tom Bennett’s job as Interim Director at Santa Fe Christian Schools in Solana Beach, California.

Sizable debt and red ink had delayed accreditation. They had no leadership team in place, no effective organizational structure and virtually no reporting lines in effect. Plus, two weeks before the school year began, the previous Head of School resigned.

When Tom stepped in, his first response was to create a new strategic plan that could turn the school around. They began by finding an objective measure of their workplace culture. The strategic plan took two years to create – a process that was both hard, yet necessary.

Today, Santa Fe Christian’s Employee Engagement Scores— indicators of overall employee satisfaction and organizational effectiveness—have increased to be in the top 20% of Christian schools. Executive leadership is solid, finances are sound and enrollment remains strong. The commitment to involve everyone and make the needed, time-consuming course corrections were worth it.

Tune in to today's interview to hear the whole story and learn how Santa Fe Christian's sustainable strategy helped create a flourishing workplace.

Find the full show notes at http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/57-tom-bennett-santa-fe-christian-schools

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