Culture is derived from how people think about what they’re doing and the value they place on it. The vision — pursuing a result that is perceived as worthy — drives success. With a clear, shared vision, people are motivated, inspired, and attracted to work hard.
Values are unchanging — the non-negotiable bedrock of your corporate soul. Our culture and company values reflect the values of God. While vision is important for defining where you want to go, values tell you how to get there, and how to act along the way.
Healthy cultures tend to exist when there’s structural support to encourage desired qualities. IHS Develops business in a way that helps us move towards our vision in an effective way. We refer to this as organizational design.
We bring Systems like data management, employee acquisition and training, accounting, performance management, compensation, product development, project management, and standard operating procedures that bring order to our company. Without them, we would have chaos. Our systems enhance and inhibit the culture we seek.
Our representative's skills are like fuel for the IHS vehicle — We can’t get very far without them. We value continual learning and skill-set enhancement and Invest in our people. Create opportunities for them to receive cross training and continuing education. Doing so is not only a way to show them they’re valued, it builds resilience for times of change.
Our leadership style refers to the way we see ourselves and the way we treat others. Some leaders are imperious and arrogant. Others are transparent and humble. Our management style reinforces our values. If we preach servant leadership but fail to lead by example or repent when we fall short, we can produce a weak and cynical culture.
Our symbols are an unspoken representations of our values. They include our office wall art, the way we dress, our cars and homes, and even our closest advisors or sources of wisdom. The things we do and the decisions we make communicate our story in a way that words cannot. In healthy cultures, there is consistency between what leaders say and how they act.