Ten Keys to Build World Class Faith-Centered Workplace Culture

culture faith and work faith centered business kingdom culture leadership Mar 06, 2024

How do you grow from a team of three to over 100 employees and more than $20M revenue, achieving nationally recognized results in your field? Even better, how do you do that while keeping faith at the center and not reducing, but rather enhancing the culture and impact? 

This is the story of Philip Licht and his team at Set Free Alaska. Scroll down to watch the full session or listen to the podcast here: Heaveninbusiness.com/podcasts/authentic-conversations-with-andy-janine-mason/episodes/2148563608

Keys to building faith-centered culture that achieves nationally recognized results:

  1. Seek and Follow Divine Guidance: Emphasize the importance of pursuing the prophetic direction of the Lord and aligning organizational actions with divine wisdom. This includes being open to and acting upon spiritual insights and guidance in strategic decision-making.

  2. Set Clear Expectations and Standards: Establish and communicate clear values, directions, performance metrics, and standards. This involves setting clear expectations for behavior and performance from the start and being prepared to address any deviations or poor performance constructively.

  3. Foster Leadership and Vision Sharing: Leaders play a crucial role in constantly reminding team members of the organization's mission and how each person's daily tasks contribute to achieving broader goals. This can involve sharing vision and core values regularly and making sure everyone understands their role in the organization's success.

  4. Implement Intentional Culture-building Practices: Develop intentional practices that promote the organization's core values and desired culture. This might include regular reflections on decisions and actions to ensure they align with the organization's values.

  5. Promote a Family-Based Atmosphere: Cultivate a sense of belonging and create a supportive community within the organization. Encourage close-knit relationships among team members that go beyond professional interactions.

  6. Utilize Conflict as a Growth Opportunity: Address and resolve conflicts constructively, viewing them as opportunities for organizational and personal growth. Avoiding or ignoring conflicts can be detrimental to the health of the organization's culture.

  7. Practice Radical Obedience and Risk-Taking: Be willing to take calculated risks based on divine guidance and the prophetic direction. This involves a deep trust in spiritual insight and the courage to act on it, even when it involves stepping into unknown territories.

  8. Engage in Continuous Improvement and Learning: Recognize the importance of continuous improvement and learning from both successes and failures. Encourage an environment where team members feel safe to experiment, fail, and learn without fear of punitive consequences.

  9. Embrace Transparency and Open Communication: Foster an environment where transparent communication is encouraged, and feedback is shared openly and constructively. This helps build trust and ensures that everyone is aligned with the organization's goals and values.

  10. Celebrate Achievements and Recognize Contributions: Regularly acknowledge and celebrate the achievements and contributions of team members. This can include public recognition, appreciation events, or other forms of acknowledgment that reinforce the value of each individual's work.

Philip Licht is the founding CEO of Set Free Alaska, an ordained minister and owner of Catalyst for Transformation consulting. Philip is skilled at establishing relational networks, building infrastructure, and developing systems that facilitate agency growth, community transformation, and personal freedom. 

As a statewide leader, Philip has served on several boards which currently include Recover Alaska, the Alaska Behavioral Health Association, Church on the Rock, and the Governor’s Advisory Board for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Philip has his Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University and is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business’s Executive LEAD program. He was recognized by Alaska’s Governor Sean Parnell as one of the “Great Alaskans” of 2012 for his work in the substance abuse field.

He resides in Palmer, Alaska with his wife and five children.