“Unless somebody articulates something different, you are going to adopt a secular standard without even thinking about it.” (Max Depree)
Integrous wants to help purpose-driven organizations align the core values of the organization with Biblical core values and help ensure that the culture of the organization reflects and supports those values. We call this alignment “Integriosity”®. In Jeremiah 6:16, Scripture instructs us to “look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is“. Integriosity®is seeking those “ancient paths” by re-imagining the WHAT, WHO, WHY and HOW of an organization and of work in the context of Biblical faith.
Integriosity® involves four stages:
“The time is always right to do the right thing.” Dr. Martin Luther King
Integrous knows that leaders regularly face situations in the day-to-day of “what” they and their organizations do that have the potential to put pressure on, and even erode, the values and priorities of the leader and the organization. Integrous believes that a leader who understands God’s greater purpose for business and work and is committed to managing his or her role and organization based on Biblical values and priorities can benefit from the counsel of a trusted advisor who understands and shares those values and is focused on helping the leader remember them in the midst of the “what”, whether it is a decision, an interaction, a transaction or a dispute.
Because Integrous shares those values and priorities and does not seek to “do the deal” or “fight the battle”, it can provide a trusted and disinterested extra set of eyes to help a leader evaluate a situation in order to process what path or response is most in line with the Biblical values and priorities of the organization and the leader.
“To manage a business in a way that grows out of a Biblical view of relationships, community and human dignity before God has divine significance irrespective of what else might be done from this platform.” James Hunter
Integrous knows that for leaders who understand God’s greater purpose for business and work, it is important that the “how” of getting to a desired end is in line with Biblical values and priorities.
Because Integrous shares those Biblical values and priorities, it can provide a trusted and disinterested extra set of eyes to help a leader refine a goal, identify potential hurdles and solutions, develop a strategy, assemble a team, think through and get around obstacles, make key decisions along the way, and coordinate the execution, all in a manner that factors in those values and priorities along the way.
“Culture eats strategy for lunch. Culture is more important than strategy, than benefits, than features. Culture is more important than price, than governments, than technology. Culture shapes all of our decisions.” Seth Godin
Integriosity® is about ensuring that an organization lives out its “why” by knowing its “why”, communicating its “why”, and cultivating a culture that reinforces its “why”. Integriosity® requires, among other things:
The path to Integriosity® for an organization is not easy but it is flexible, easy to join and well worth the journey. The steps lie along continuums, with any place along the continuum being a better place to start than not being on it at all.
Integrous can help organizations and leaders identify their core virtues, align their business with those core virtues by choosing the “right” places along the continuums for their business culture and business realities at a point in time, implement changes to their business culture to reflect those choices, and re-evaluate the “right” places along the continuums from time to time.