“What we’ve learned is that the soft stuff and the hard stuff are becoming increasingly intertwined. A company’s values — what it stands for, what its people believe in — are crucial to its competitive success. Indeed, values drive the business.”
— Robert Haas, Chairman and CEO, Levi Strauss & Company
Jeff and I have spent time thinking and praying about the values upon which we want to build Impact Foundation. We actually talk about them nearly every day and use them to guide decisions from who to partner with to what kinds of opportunities to pursue. Here they are:
We can accomplish nothing of lasting worth in our own effort. Abiding in Christ, through classic spiritual disciplines regularly practiced alone and together, we can understand our work better, become better team members, and ultimately influence the world around us for His glory. John 15: 1-8
Duh. I feel like this shouldn't need an explanation. Doesn't every business exist to serve customers well? For us, focusing on our customers means (1) knowing who is and who is not our customer, (2) listening to their needs, (3) responding nimbly to solve problems and deliver results that our customers desire.
We believe God owns everything and we are stewards who will one day be called to account for how we've handled our relationships, talent, financial resources, and time. Consequently, we want to be open-handed with those things, sharing and partnering wherever possible.
We think work is fun - partly because we enjoy our work and partly because we are just irreverent enough to add fun in otherwise dull places. If we aren’t finding joy in our work, that’s a good indication something is amiss with the first two values.
Matthew 11: 28-30 (especially in the Message)
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”