Posted by: amylamb | November 20, 2009

Cultivating Culture

Culture is my favorite thing. There’s something incredibly intriguing about discovering the delicate nuances about people and their surroundings. Even more so, participating in a culture other than your own is one of the most enriching experiences one can step into. Every culture is radically different and indescribably beautiful, but regardless of where I go and who I meet; one thing remains the same among them all:
Culture doesn’t just happen, it’s cultivated.

Everybody cultivates their own culture, whether we realize it or not. We choose to accept, to reject, to negotiate until we construct a worldview, a lifestyle and a mission to adopt as our own. We can choose to hoard our culture or to give it away. Thus – have you cultivated a culture worth giving away?

It is essential that followers of Jesus Christ cultivate a culture of servanthood, love for others, excellence, power, and especially, joy. Not to imply that we are also supposed to be the same, but that any other aspect of our lives would merely become a subculture under the authority of the cultivated culture of Christ.

So what culture are you cultivating – is it distinctive and inviting?

After all, the Kingdom of God is the ultimate context in which distinctive culture can dwell.

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  1. Culture is something followers of Jesus Christ are supposed to both cultivating and creating culture. I read a book called Creating Culture by Andy Crouch and I personally recommend it for anybody who is seriously interested in Christianity and Culture. He referred to a book by Reinhold Niehbur called Christ in Culture which I have always wanted to read.

    Culture is so important and I think we have the wrong responses to it.

  2. Great post Amy. My question is how do you cultivate healthy business culture? I love your take on culture and cultivating it, more on a personal level. How does a CEO make this happen corporately?

    • Jeff, speaking from my finite knowledge and experience of the business culture, here’s a few things I would try if I were a CEO establishing healthy company environment:

      1) Establish low power distance. Nothing suffocates a worker’s efforts like bureaucracy. Instead of filtering messages by an elite aristocracy, take a walk, sit down with the workers at the bottom level of the issue, prop your feet up, and listen. Not only can this increase efficiency by eliminating the corporate game of telephone, but you will also communicate respect and foster actualization rather than frustration.

      2) Set high standards. It’s important to communicate a realistic goal of excellence and allow employees – regardless of their position on the totem pole – to communicate practical ways that each can individually do their job with excellence. When standards are not met, try improvement, not condemnation.

      3) Be flexible. Sorry, but being required to sit in a drab office 8 hours a day is suffocating. When possible, allow employees the flexibility to work remotely, try a new process, or work their schedules among their individual personalities and preferences. If an employee isn’t fulfilling his potential, ask him what will help him improve. A company’s prosperity could thrive or die off the contentment of its employees.

      4) Throw a party. Take time to play & celebrate an improvement, accomplishment, or even just somebody’s birthday or milestone. Fostering relationships within the company increases efficiency and team building, and quite frankly – everybody needs a little fun in their day.

      Perhaps I’m a bit too laissez-faire, but it seems to me like it would work … any insight?


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