Build Powerful & Positive Habits – The Importance of Standards

How do your habits effect your leadership?


There are some habits that are more vital than others, because they have a ripple effect on our lives and the lives of those around us.

In this video, Founder and Senior Pastor of, Craig Groeschel, shares real-life stories of building healthy organizational culture by choosing positive goals. He also pulls from his own worldwide experiences examples of the amazing repercussions that focusing on people-first values can have in multiple areas of our lives, our relationships and our organizations.

And there are certain habits that are more important than other habits because they trigger a stream of good habits, keystone habits. For example, if you exercise, that triggers other positive attributes in your life. Chances are you might eat better. You're tired at the end of the day so you sleep better. So you wake up earlier, so you go to work earlier. You're more disciplined.

People say you look good. You feel good. You're happier. You're more productive at work. You get promoted. You go home and you're excited. You kiss your wife. You have more kids, and there's lot of positive . . . and the flip side is, you don't work out. You don't feel good about yourself. You might as well eat the chips. You stay up drinking the pop and go to bed later. You wake up later. You come to work. Someone says looks like you're gaining weight. You get mad. You shoot people. You go to jail. And the reason is . . . I sound like a cable commercial, right? The reason is you stopped working out.

Obviously these are gross exaggerations, but the truth is there are certain disciplines that trigger other disciplines that can be life-changing. There was this, I was reading this story, I think it was about Alcoa Steel, and it was a company that was in big trouble, losing money hand over fist, the stock had tanked and they had a tremendous amount of injuries on the job in what is a very dangerous work environment. It's already one of the most dangerous work environments around and then their rate of injuries was well higher than the industry average.

They brought in this kind of legendary leader to be a CEO. They had their first big meeting. Everybody came in and this guy stood up and he said, "Well, here is what we're going to do as a company." They fully expected him to say what everyone else is going to say, we're going to cut costs, we're going to increase productivity and we're going to streamline and all this kind of stuff, and he said, "We're going to be the safest place to work in the world."

Everybody thought he was joking because you can't be the safest place to work. It's a dangerous industry and he said, "Not only are we going to be the safest place to work in the world, but we're not going to have any injuries at our place."

He gave this talk and he walked away and everybody was dumbfounded. There were managers that immediately retired. The stock tanked even more. Everyone couldn't believe it, like, is this guy insane? So he came into the office and he's, like, "Here is what we're going to do. We're going to be the safest place." And he's the CEO, no one wanted to talk back to him, like, and what else? He said, "That's it. That's what we're going to be."

A couple weeks later there was another guy that got killed on the job and he called the whole group together and he said, "What I want you to know is we killed this man. His wife is a widow. His children do not have a father," and he said, "It's our fault." Everybody is, like, this guy is insanely serious. So they realized it wasn't going to go away, and he said, "This is not going to happen on our watch. We're going to be the safest place to work in the world."

So to make a really long story shorter, what happened is their culture started to change, and you can only imagine. Suddenly there were people on the front lines who were making suggestions. Suddenly there were lines of communication open both ways that hadn't been open before. Suddenly machinery that was old and outdated was updated. Suddenly people were working with being more careful. They were being more thorough on who they interviewed. There was more training. There was more screening. The hiring process changed.

Before long, because of all these things production started to increase. Suddenly people were rallied around something and there was a positive feeling. Profits started to increase and over a five-year period the stock increased five times. If you had put $100,000 in, you would have had $500,000 plus another $100,000 in dividends and it become one of the biggest success stories around. Years later, they asked him, "How did you do that?" He said, "The company was such a mess, I knew that we needed to take one thing and focus on one thing, and if we could get one thing right, it would change the culture and the habits and we would start doing things with excellence and start working together and communicating, and that was the one thing I picked."

Craig Groeschel

As the Senior Pastor of, Craig provides leadership and guidance for the church as a whole. Following a vision God gave him for a different kind of church, he and a handful of people launched in 1996.


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