Bringing our Whole Selves to Work

Well my fellow journeyers, we are about to embark on a new path.  One that will take us deeper into some of the unique characteristics of our ministry culture.

Along the path, we will discover together how our spiritual journeys, core values and mindset of gratitude come to life, through each of us, in our workplace environment.

Part of the beauty of being in a ministry like CHI, is the recognition that the ministry flourishes only because the people of CHI bring their gifts and talents to their work every day.  Sadly, our society encourages a machine-like approach to life. It goes something like this, when we arrive at work, we leave something at the door and the same thing kind of happens when we get home. We almost separate into two different personalities. These structures tempt us to lead compartmentalized lives detached from our emotions or spirituality.  That approach to life is not healthy.

Watch this video and learn more about how we not only invite people to bring their whole selves in the work they do, we expect it.

This approach is healthier. And it takes courage and intentionality to be able to bring all of who we are to work.  Take this unmistakable message into your reflection as you consider this month’s Guide Post and Journal page.

Feel free, to the extent you are comfortable, to share your thoughts with others on the journey with you.  In the months to come we will come across and explore together several other unique characteristics of our ministry culture.  Lean into the journey my friends, it is truly a path of learning and growth.

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10-18-18 Guidepost Live as Your Whole Self

The ‘Value’ of Core Values in our Workplace

We’ve spent a considerable amount of time on the important path of exploring each of our ministry’s core values. We have looked at ways in
which they not only support us in the work that we do but how they make a difference in the lives of those we serve and serve with.

At this point in our journey, we pause to look back, recalling the path we have traveled and take some time to consider what difference working
in a culture, a workplace environment that strives to do its best to live its faith-based heritage and core values, makes for us in our work and in
our ability to care for others.

Remember the old Tina Turner song, “What’s love got to do with it?” Well it turns out, for this segment, just about everything. Rightly understood, love activates, empowers and encourages the expression of our core values. It is the value that supports and upholds our core values. Because we understand that our core values, help us extend the love of God to those we meet.

Let’s listen to our coworker Betsy talk about the relationship of core values, work and love.

In Christian Spirituality love isn’t so much about how you feel, but what you do. It’s doing what’s best for others with little or no return for us.
There is a certain freedom that can be gained by understanding that love is doing the right thing without necessarily experiencing the warm
fuzzy feelings. For example:

Letting go of anger or hurt might not be what you want to do, but to do so, is a form of love. Or, showing reverence to a person who doesn’t like you or who you don’t like, is a form of love. Showing tenderness and compassion to another when things don’t go well. Safeguarding and holding with integrity a co-worker’s feelings. Collaborating, Listening, Affirming, Encouraging…

These are forms of love that uphold our core values, help us to create the workplace we really desire, and do the work we believe we are called
to do.

Working in a culture, a workplace environment that strives to do its best to live its faith-based heritage and core values offers the unique
opportunity to not only see, but reinforce, that our life, our work is more than just the tasks we do. Such a culture, as Betsy said, allows us to
reveal through our work, our life, a little bit of why God invited us here.

Bring these thoughts into your reflection as you consider this month’s Guide Post and Journal page. We encourage you, to the extent you are
comfortable, to share your thoughts with others on the journey with you.

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The Gift of Our Core Values

This month our journey looks the core value of Excellence and it’s attributes of Strategic, Accountability and Innovation. These essential attributes of Excellence are at the heart of the video. Watch and listen as our coworker Dr. Lowe, shares how he thinks about and puts forth his personal and professional best.

It takes practice and a personal commitment to bring the spiritual practice of Excellence into our every interaction with those we serve and serve with. It is a practice that can be nurtured by trying to put quality, our best, into everything we do and it takes courage. It takes courage to admit excellence is not perfection, to put ideas forward, to navigate difficulty, to help others when they are challenged, and as leaders, to serve those who work under your leadership, not by leading, but by serving.

When you come to understand excellence is the joining of your beliefs, your way of thinking and focusing, you begin to realize that excellence shows up in how you relate to and with others, and what you ask and see, how you behave, act and decide. People who demonstrate Excellence bring creativity to accomplish the seemingly impossible by bringing out the best in themselves and others, take full ownership and accountability, and stay focused on purpose, on mission.

Bring this unmistakable message into your reflection as you consider this month’s Guide Post and Journal page

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8-9-18 Guide Post Bookmarks Excellence