One point of emphasis from both Mr. Sievers as well as with the speakers early this week from Republic Financial was the focus on shared values and aptitudes that are necessary for success in the business world. Mr. Sievers provided the following list of employee attributes that are expected at United Launch Alliance -- aptitudes that are a part of their formal employee review process. These aptitudes include:
- Model the way
- Unite the team
- Invest in others
- Deliver results
- Shape the future
It is easy to say that our values in Lutheran schools are to be Christ-like or to focus on Jesus, but what exactly does that look like in each individual setting? How are those values effectively and practically carried out?
What can we learn from the business world -- from places like Republic Financial and United Launch Alliance -- that can help us better communicate the importance of a Christian education and focus on what is most important in our schools? What values might our classrooms embrace that connect with these ideas as well?
Values and expectations are important, but they MUST be connected to our faith values in Lutheran schools. What an opportunity we have to share not just a positive message to our communities, but a SAVING message!