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November 17, 1993

Corporate Goodness

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When the righteous prosper; the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy. PROVERBS 11:10
When righteous people embody the spirit of Christ in their daily lives, they have a positive effect on their culture. Their influence is strong. Their presence is sweet.
It’s like a rescue team entering a dark cave full of terrified people and turning on a bright flashlight. The impact is obvious. A sense of relief replaces the fear. A sense of hope replaces the despair. A sense of comfort replaces the confusion.
The same thing happens when truth shows up in the middle of falsehood or when kindness shows up in the middle of meanness. When you place a kindhearted person in a workplace full of mean-spirited people, he might receive some abuse at first, but eventually his kindness starts to take effect. Good things start to happen. Other people will become happier, easier to deal with, nicer.
Two scenarios are mentioned in Proverbs 11:10—when the righteous prosper and when the wicked perish. Both events bring joy to the city. It’s good news to the corporate whole when someone who obviously has done wrong gets caught and is taken out of commission. And it’s also cause for celebration when someone who really deserves some credit is rewarded or recognized.
When the rules are confusing and employees can’t really distinguish between right and wrong, good and bad, fair and unfair, over time, that corporate culture will disintegrate. It might seem to work for a while, but it’s difficult to maintain any sense of order or accountability in that situation.
On the flip side, any community of workers will be much happier and more satisfied when the standard of right and wrong is clear and enforced. When goodness is elevated in a workplace, it brings a certain amount of liberation to the environment. When wrong is judged and dealt with, it ushers in a certain amount of freedom.
What sort of environment are you fostering in your workplace? Is it an environment where people rejoice when the righteous prosper? If not, what can you do to change it?

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