There is something that is woven throughout any organization that is somewhat abstract, typically unspoken, but often VERY observable. While not easy to capture or describe, it is so powerful as to guide most decisions and actions within an organization. This force is referred to as CULTURE.
Culture is defined as the collective behavior of those within an organization, formed by shared beliefs, habits, systems, values, and vision.
Culture is defined as the collective behavior of those within an organization, formed by shared beliefs, habits, systems, values, and vision. Operating largely outside of our awareness, culture creates a common ground for team members, providing a sense of order so that everyone knows what is expected.
At Betenbough Homes, we are committed to intentionally shaping and maintaining a healthy culture in which our mission can be most successfully executed. While many characteristics are involved, we feel that there are four core characteristics (CORNERSTONES) that are foundational.
As humans, we each consistently fall short in these areas, so we extend much grace to one another. However, each team member is expected to be fully engaged as we intentionally strive toward these cultural cornerstones. Success does not necessarily mean the absence of mistakes, but it does mean the presence of consistent faith and determination.
Unity requires an attitude of humility, which is demonstrated by a gentleness and graciousness in our dealings with others as we exhibit patience and understanding. Each of us should look not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others, and furthermore, to the interests of the whole. Unity does not imply uniformity, but involves embracing diversity through a common purpose. The parts do not look alike, nor do they function alike, yet they are all important and interdependent. It is only as each part does its work that the mission can be accomplished. If our words or actions aren’t unifying, they’re dividing. There is no middle ground.
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Excellence is not to be confused with perfection, but refers to doing the best we can with the gifts and abilities God gives us. Exercising minimal effort will lead to a mediocre performance at best, but really going above and beyond the call of duty takes a conscious effort. A person who strives for excellence doesn’t give up when he makes mistakes, and he doesn’t avoid tasks for fear of failure. Excellence doesn’t measure one against another, but one against his own potential. Excellence doesn’t involve making a choice between good and bad, but between good and best.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.
We believe that we are blessed to be a blessing. Resources have been entrusted to us not only for our good but for the good of others. We are not entitled to what we have been given, so we will be grateful in our receiving as well as our sharing, seeking how to best steward His resources for the greatest good for the most people. We seek to have charitable hearts, free from pettiness in character and mind. We will intentionally look for ways to share WHAT we have and WHO we are.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
II Corinthians 9:6
Life is a journey. We will embrace this fact, learn from our experiences, and commit to seeking progress and maturity. As circumstances change, we will commit to constant improvement by innovating new ideas and methods, and by enhancing all things currently established. This requires flexibility and a willingness to adapt. As we are faithful with what has been entrusted to us, we believe that more will be given. We will continue to seek greater territory, which will give us greater influence with which to give glory to our GREAT God!
The Master replied, “I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given…”