Years ago, I was a speaker at the “Breakthrough” Conference at The Church at Las Vegas, with Pastor Benny Perez. It was a pastor’s conference, and one of the featured speakers was Dr. Sam Chand, who’s a highly respected leadership consultant for a number of major churches and ministries around the world. Sam specializes in leadership and management issues, and is a great coach for churches in need of organizational advice and help. One of the things Sam said that made the entire trip worth it for me was:
Culture is More Important Than Vision.
Normally, when we talk about churches, ministries, and non-profits, we focus on vision. Yes, vision is important – even critical. Vision sets the rulebook, and tells us where the organization is going, and the impact it can have. But at Cooke Media Group, we’ve had a number of clients over the years that had a powerful vision, led by strong leaders who’s vision was frankly amazing.
But the culture in their organization was toxic.
For a number of reasons, they had created a culture of fear, distrust, and strife. Employees didn’t like each other, people didn’t respect the leader, critics were everywhere, infighting ruled, and very little was actually accomplished. The vision was there, but the culture undermined everything. I’ve never really heard it put that way, but the minute Sam said it, it really resonated with my experience.
Culture is more Important Than Vision.
It’s worth repeating. No matter how important, original, or significant your vision is, if you can’t create a culture in your organization that fosters creativity, innovation, teamwork, and fun, it’s not worth doing. Because no matter how great the vision, if the culture doesn’t work, the vision will fail.
What about your culture? What’s the attitude you’ve created in your own organization? Think about it…