Is Corporate Chaplaincy going to be the next best thing? We know Corporate Social Responsibly Policies are often a cover up for, No Social Responsibility (192)
Is Corporate Chaplaincy going to be the next best thing? We know Corporate Social Responsibly Policies (CSR) are often a cover up for No Social Responsibility.
Who, in our sphere of influence is committed to serving with a good conscience, over titles, power and hardest of all, ego?
When you find such a person, pay them well but not too much that they forget to stay humble and not too little that they struggle to make ends meet. This person will be like a valiant soldier, fighting for the greatest outcomes for everyone.
A person who is led by a good conscience is hard to bribe or manipulate. They are also compelled to find win win outcomes. They see titles as a means to an end, they have no need for others to condescend to a level of honour that isn’t truly earned.
Let’s address first, the problem with Corporate Social Responsibility Policies, (CSR Polices).
Like any law that is designed to prevent harm from happening in society, laws are also designed to be broken by the unscrupulous, and to control the behaviour of the masses.
CSR Policies, are often just another tick in the box that create the appearance of healthy social behaviour without the proper checks and balances.
This is the arena where predators thrive. Those in positions of authority who go unchecked and the silence becomes the great tool of permissiveness.
1. The silence of someone afraid to lose their job, so they don’t or feel they can’t speak up.
2. The silence of bullying under the guise of strong management or charismatic showmanship.
3. The silence of CSR Policies, where the policies are so litigious, only those without a good conscience are aloud to bring its enlightened interpretation.
4. The silence that the CSR Policy is doing its job under pretence, or it’s someone else’s problem.
There are many more silences which allow corporate toxic culture to thrive.
It’s not until an individual or small group of whistle blowers who have the courage to lose everything to set the records straight, that we pay attention.
It doesn’t have to be, to set the right culture in place. You have to ask the following questions in order for this to take place.
Who sets the tone of corporate culture?
Who checks the tone of corporate culture?
While the CEO, Managing Director, Principle or other Executive Committees that may set the charter of corporate culture through their own ethic and character, very few can see consistency to bring flow through to the different layers of the organisation.
Often the leader of an organisation has restricted limits regardless of how conscientious they are or skilled to lead with a good conscience. They may exemplify the greatest quality of character, yet they are always at the mercy of those they entrust to lead at various levels of their enterprise.
This is where the right Corporate Chaplain can carry the culture and influence it right through the organisation. They enable a transparency throughout the workforce that may otherwise be taken advantage of by just having CSR Policies in place, without someone leading the charge consistently.
1. The right Corporate Chaplain is impartial to power plays.
2. The right Corporate Chaplain has access to everyone without restriction.
3. The right Corporate Chaplain is led by the highest of impulses, to follow good conscience more than any other impulse. They hear all sides of an issue and encourage all parties to communicate, rather than advising specifically.
The Corporate Chaplain has a unique opportunity to promote and evangelise the greatest qualities of Corporate Vision, by not being locked into a position with a specific scope other than influencing a Social Conscience.
It takes a courageous leader to entrust their vision to the Corporate Chaplain type, knowing that true influence comes from heart to heart.
The Return On Investment by introducing the right Corporate Chaplain pays out in spades, far more than any training program or ethics committee.
I have had the privilege of putting the above to the test in different arenas. With over forty years interest in human behaviour and encouraging individuals to be their very best, this idea of creating a good social conscience in the work place is absolutely possible.
No matter what your industry, Corporate Chaplaincy, will give you the ability to achieve the greatest outcomes with the lowest collateral damage. Whether the outcomes are financial growth, going the distance, most just want to keep their sanity to continue their pursuit of what they treasure most in life.
The Corporate Chaplain can be the catalyst to open conversations that lead to healing from ongoing gridlocks. Be it in an individual life feeling hopeless, a team seeking synergy or an executive just needing a trusted professional friend.
The Corporate Chaplain is that safe space to create flow.
The ultimate Corporate Chaplain in history and my example of what I have shared in this leadership thought is Jesus.
He held no public office, he owned nothing but the clothes and wares he could carry from village to village to fulfil His itinerant ministry; yet with his teachings he held kings to ransom and gave the most vulnerable a voice.
If you would like to understand more on the impact of having a good conscience and actioning it in your every day life, perhaps have a look at a number of services I provide, by going to tomsmilovitis.com .
My latest program on Corporate Chaplaincy is ideal for any organisation that is keen to introduce a good conscience behaviour at every layer of the enterprise. From the boardroom to the cleaners closet, this program cleans up toxic cultures and births best practices of the human condition.
A note of appreciation to Mark Bruning who sketched the cover drawing for me a number of years ago. I asked him to draw a soldier who kneeled before his conscience, ready to service no matter the cost. I think he nailed it.