The pandemic has caused immeasurable harm to the economy. Some businesses are operating at 50% capacity while others are closing – or are on the verge. Some employees are able to work from home while many have been laid off.

And social injustice and racial inequity are at the forefront. These issues can no longer be ignored – in our society, in our workplaces . . . anywhere.

Moving forward, employees expect companies to make morally just decisions. They expect respect. They expect to have a voice. They expect companies and their leaders to be a force for good in the world.

That’s a high standard. It requires leaders to shift their organization to being a great place to work – by ensuring that Good Comes First: good people doing good work in a good organization.

Creating a Good Comes First work culture requires leaders to evolve beyond an exclusive focus on results. It requires new beliefs, new behaviors, and new degrees of engagement from leaders. It requires new skills, including listening, validating, mentoring, delegating, and celebrating.

A Good Comes First work culture is based on a foundational principle and four cornerstones.

The foundational principle is “Value Respect and Results,” which asks leaders to create and sustain a work environment that expects respect and drives results.

The four Culture Cornerstones include:

  • Lean on Trust, Validation and Growth
  • Live Our Servant Purpose
  • Measure Behaviors and Expect Performance
  • Use Our Voice for Good

In today’s three minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I describe each cornerstone in more depth and explain why leaders should create a Good Comes First work culture.

This is episode eighty-eight of my Culture Leadership Charge series. Each episode is a 3-4 minute video that describes proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, companies – and even homes and neighborhoods.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube and my iTunes channels. If you like what you see or hear, please subscribe!

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S. Chris Edmonds

Chris helps leaders create purposeful, positive, productive work cultures. He's a speaker, author, and executive consultant. He blogs, podcasts, and video casts. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers: Good Comes First (2021) and The Culture Engine (2014).
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