Let’s simplify your company’s culture…

Matthew’s 22:37-40

Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

To me as a Christian, if I can follow those simple words the rest of the 8 commandments fall into place.

At a recent July one-to-one coaching session, a CEO member talked about listening to a radio talk show that said, culture then becomes:

“Taking care and respect your customers, Taking care and respect your co-workers”

I have seen dozens if not hundreds of boards, plaques; attended several speaker workshops and articles trying to define culture. Next time you have a leadership meeting, hand out a blank piece of paper and have your leadership team hand write your company’s culture. My guess is you will be disappointed. If your leadership team is embarrassed, so should you be in that you have make this simple set of values too difficult. To me this is a great time to follow “less is more”. If you team was able to please you, congratulations, you are on the road to a very successful journey.

Have a great day and continued successes,

Ed Stillman


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I grew up in Carlsbad, north San Diego County, lost my dad as a teenager, went into the USAF for four years and hired on with 3M in 1969. Received my AA from Santa Barbara City College, BA and Masters from Redlands University and after 33 plus years, I retired from 3M in 2002. As I look back on my life, I have been creating myself and developing my skill sets to be a business coach and a Vistage Chair. I am president of SEOT, a "personal improvement" consulting firm spending most of my time working with Central Texas executives running small to medium size for-profit companies who are focusing on improving their profitability greater than their competition. My area of interest is assisting senior executives in creating a better balance between business commitments and personal relationships. I also facilatate three leadership labs each consisting of a dozen owners, presidents and CEOs. We meet monthly both in a group setting as well as in a 1-to-1 coaching session. Our focus is to sharpen each others' skills in becoming better leaders, making better decisions and taking ourselves and companies to that next level. Who are we? My members are experienced top executives who recognize that they don’t have all the answers and who actively seek the company of successful peers—both to give and receive insights and ideas. My members mine the 200 plus years of chief executive experience that comes together in our monthly meetings and members are eager to offer their own experience and insights in the process. As a group, we spend our time exploring topics members can't discuss anywhere else. My members have many other places where they can engage in idle, "cocktail party" chatter. Our mission is to provide the setting for discussing the "undiscussable." Where or who can you go to for confidential, honest feedback to assist you in minimizing your personal "Worry List"?