Canfield team thrives around subsidiarity

June 27, 2017

I am blessed to have built a great team at Canfield Business Interiors, and I believe that each of us produces a truly needed service for our customers and our community.

Larry Canfield

Larry Canfield
President and CEO

While many companies build their businesses around top-down management structures in which the CEO takes sole credit for successes, my faith teaches me to follow the concept of subsidiarity, which delegates the appropriate level of decision making to each job level.

Subsidiarity, a philosophy with origins in Catholic social teaching, dictates that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority. We often hear politicians borrow from this playbook when they call for “local control.”

At Canfield Business Interiors, we strive to empower our team members to use their freedom as human beings and their intelligence as co-creators with God to grow as both individuals and Canfield co-entrepreneurs. Subsidiarity does not imply a lack of oversight; it just empowers each person within an organization to live up to his or her greatest potential. Subsidiarity may expect more from our team members, but it also provides a much more meaningful purpose to our work.

Some of our longtime customers might not have heard me utter the word subsidiarity, but it is my hope that the fruits of this concept are evident each day in our commitment to quality products and service and our interactions with our valued customers.

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