It’s been a while since I’ve seen MTV, but I was flabbergasted. I could not believe the sensuality and decadence I witnessed. Gail and I finally had to turn it off. We just couldn’t take it any more. I am the father of five daughters. So perhaps I’m just a little overly sensitive. But I was shocked at the complete absence of modesty, the ridicule of virginity, and the latent misogyny displayed by Russell Brand and many of the artists themselves.
Archive for Ideology
Ridiculed for a generation, the butterfly effect was eventually proved by scientists and given the status of a law: ”The law of sensitive dependence on initial conditions.” It basically means that everything you do—and don’t do—matters. It has a bigger impact on the world than you can possibly imagine. I got to thinking about the application of this law to customer service this weekend. Sometimes, we underestimate the impact our actions have on our customers and ultimately the health of our organizations.
The companies that thrive in today’s economy will be those that can shift their cultures from the slower pace of business-as-usual to urgency. Because of this, I have made “Urgency” our annual theme for Thomas Nelson. I want this attribute to permeate every aspect of our culture. I know we have a long way to go.
As a result, his parents sent him to London to become an apprentice in a print shop on Paternoster Row, which was kind of the Silicon Valley of the Day.
…They also opened an office in London at 35 Paternoster Row—the very street where Thomas Nelson had been a printer’s apprentice as a teenager.
Having a clear vision of where you are going is crucial to any human endeavor. This is especially true when it comes to business. Unless we know where we are going, it is difficult to select the best route to get there or to assign the necessary resources.
Values are the ideals that we esteem as a company. They are the philosophical foundation of our corporate ideology. They are the things that we hold dear and make us unique as a company. At Thomas Nelson, we have five core values.
Corporate culture is not something we usually think about. It’s kind of like water to a fish or air to a bird. It’s simply the environment we live in. Nevertheless, I believe culture is one of the most important factors driving operating results and influencing employee satisfaction. Unhealthy cultures produce bad results and unhappy employees. Healthy cultures produce good results and happy employees.
At Thomas Nelson, we believe that we exist to inspire the world. We believe that the world desperately needs inspiration—the right kind of inspiration—and that we are a conduit for change.