About the Book
What makes for a flourishing workplace? With compelling case studies from the Best Christian Workplaces Institute along with enlightening personal anecdotes, Al Lopus demonstrates how companies and ministries can accomplish work that matters by building fantastic teams, cultivating life-giving work, attracting and retaining outstanding talent, and much more.
What makes for a flourishing workplace?
Many organizations find themselves spinning their wheels in work cultures filled with toxicity, dysfunction, conflict, and fear. Unengaged employees drag down productivity, and ineffective management undermines morale. How can we create workplaces where people don't just struggle to get through the day but instead thrive and love what they do and where they work?
Al Lopus, cofounder and CEO of Best Christian Workplaces Institute, has studied hundreds of organizations to discover eight key drivers in companies with healthy culture and engaged employees. He gathers best practices from across a range of companies and ministries to demonstrate how people at all levels can work together to accomplish work that matters. Principles and real-life examples provide concrete ways that organizations can flourish by building fantastic teams, cultivating life-giving work, attracting and retaining outstanding talent, and much more.
With compelling case studies, behind-the-curtain revelations, and enlightening personal anecdotes, Road to Flourishing will motivate leaders, managers, and their teams to reimagine, reassess, and renew their commitment to building healthy work cultures where everyone can flourish.
Al brings such an advantage to Best Christian Workplaces from his work in the marketplace. His vast experiences qualify him to be a national leader with just what it takes to have a great organizational culture. He understands how to identify, develop, and retain great talent. Every employee basically wants the same thing: 'To wake up every day feeling valued.' Al knows all about that. He teaches how to move a lifeless organization toward flourishing. His biblical, practical analysis of the crucial steps necessary to have a healthy team are developed in this great work. Very few leaders are willing to admit that their teams just might need to improve. Using this book as a guide can transform your team members and your church or nonprofit. Road to Flourishing becomes your in-house conference on how to have healthy culture.--Stan Endicott, chief culture officer and cofounder of the Slingshot Group
Al Lopus has been influencing our organization's culture for years through his leadership of the Best Christian Workplaces Institute. Through our work with BCWI, we have been learning key principles that help us mold our school into one with a healthy and flourishing culture. It's great to now see these principles put together in this impressive book. I recommend it to all who want to bring health to the core of their organization.--Jason Rachels, president of Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale
A truly flourishing organizational culture is a self-sustaining structure. When you treat your people well, trust them, and care about them, they will treat their colleagues the same. This increases productivity, creates improved innovation and collaboration, and greatly enriches the quality of workplace relationships. Al Lopus doesn't just tell you how to create a flourishing culture--he walks you through it along the Road to Flourishing. Read this book, build a healthy workplace culture, and watch your people flourish!--Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and Lead Like Jesus Revisited
Al Lopus doesn't mince words when writing about the toxic work cultures he's observed. But Road to Flourishing is also upbeat--you can create 'life-giving work' for every team member. You have two options: (1) continue to apply inappropriate Band-Aids to your sick workplace, or (2) go deeper and discover how your organization's culture will flourish with God-honoring and intentional best practices. Reading this book with your team members is a no-brainer. Pick one: life-giving work or life-sapping work.--John Pearson, board governance and management consultant and author of Mastering the Management Buckets
One of the greatest privileges of my life was my twenty-year tenure as president and CEO of MOPS International. I arrived in the role as an inexperienced thirty-four-year-old and learned as I led. Along the way I met Al Lopus and began to benefit from his workplace discoveries. In his book, Road to Flourishing, Al lays out the core principles for leaders of any age and any length of experience to develop flourishing organizations and workplaces. I'm so grateful for his clear and helpful guidance!--Elisa Morgan, radio and podcast host for Our Daily Bread Ministries and author of You Are Not Alone
There is a growing consensus among organizational gurus and leaders that a healthy organizational culture is one of the most powerful tools available for lifting performance and improving competitiveness. But just how do you improve something as intangible as your organization's culture? One answer is to call in the 'culture doctor'! Al Lopus is an experienced real-world culture doctor, who has diagnosed and treated hundreds of ailing and failing organizational cultures. In Road to Flourishing, Al lays out his tried-and-true methodology for understanding, assessing, and addressing the common weaknesses in organizational cultures. Reading this one book could be the most important thing you can do this year for your employees and your bottom line.--Richard Stearns, president emeritus of World Vision US and author of Lead Like It Matters to God: Values-Driven Leadership in a Success-Driven World
Al Lopus has built a remarkable niche of coming alongside ministries--both large and small--to reshape their cultures. While not promising an overnight cure, he identifies areas of unhealthiness and charts doable pathways to flourishing. I have seen his handiwork up close, and it is transformative. With this book, his sphere of influence is broadened. I believe that the Lord is well pleased with his efforts.--Alec Hill, president emeritus of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
If you are a leader who wants your team and mission to thrive, you're holding in your hands an extremely helpful guide. Al Lopus has been researching and reflecting on the principles and practices that make for a flourishing organization for decades, and his voice is wise, gentle, and trustworthy. Apply the contents of this book and the journey ahead will be transformational for all.--Stephen A. Macchia, founder and president of Leadership Transformations and author of Becoming a Healthy Church
A flourishing culture is a powerful apologetic to the world! Even the most post-Christian world is craving authentic love, meaningful work, and dignity. This book is a guide with great practicality brought to life with real stories, and can help a leader build a great organization capable of a greater purpose. I'm a better leader, our business more effective, our people flourish, and God is honored by my work because of the ways Al, Best Christian Workplaces Institute, and these ideas have guided us. Every business is in the people business, and God is in the people business. This is one of the most important issues for any Christian leader to press into!--Mike Sharrow, CEO of C12 Business Forums
'When a Christian-led team is working together, it's supposed to flourish while the whole world is watching and thereby lead it to Jesus, ' writes Al Lopus, and in this book he gives us a lifetime of experience and insights to accomplish that very task. Filled with stories that instruct and inspire, with insights that both reveal the keys to a healthy workplace and the steps leaders can take, this book is both a trustworthy tool and a great gift.--Tod Bolsinger, De Pree Center Church Leadership Institute and author of Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory