The ability to control the temperature of food involves a set of kitchen skills and food knowledge that, more than anything else, defines the excellence of the cook. An expertise in temperature control won’t turn poor ingredients into good ones, but it will determine much of what follows once the ingredients are in your house.
The Elements of Cooking, by Michael Ruhlman
In other words, it’s all about heat.
Bill Hybels, writing in axiom, has exactly this process in mind when he writes:
Anytime you see God-honoring values being lived out genuinely and consistently, it’s fair to assume that a leader decided to identify a handful of values and turn up the burner under them.
When you heat up a value, you help people change states.
- Want to jolt people out of business as usual? Heat up innovation.
- Want to untangle confusion? Heat up clarity.
- Want to eradicate miserliness? Heat up generosity.
New “states” elicit new attitudes, new aptitudes, and new actions. It’s not rocket science – it’s just plain chemistry. Which is a lot about heat.
Leaders must determine what values they believe should be manifested in their organizations. And then put them over the flame of a burner by teaching on those values, underscoring them with Scripture, enforcing them, and making heroes out of the people who are living them out.
Over time, sufficiently hot values will utterly define your culture.