We all have the opportunity each day to think about setting the temperature in our life and career.
The culture around us is changing every day so the question isn’t, “Is it changing?”
It is changing.
The proactive question is, “Do we want to play any role in what it becomes?”
Too many individual leaders, teams, and entire organizations get stuck in thermometer mode because they lack clarity on the temperature they are trying to set together. They might know WHAT they are trying to accomplish, but haven’t taken the time to gain alignment on HOW they are committed to doing it. When a lack of clarity exists between team members around what type of culture they are aiming to create, they get trapped in reactionary mode and are shaped by external conditions.
The best in the world operate in thermostat mode. They proactively lead their people into conversations and a process for change. The outgrowth of these efforts is alignment on the culture they are trying to create. They get clear on the temperature they want to set and then drive actions and behaviors to support that vision. They have values that guide their actions. They have a vision for the future that they can articulate to others. They anchor daily habits into their operations that support their desired culture. Setting the temperature is a high-performing process.
What temperature do you want to set with the teams in your life and career?
Be a Thermostat.
Learn more about Thermostat Cultures here. Good luck setting the temperature!
Jason Barger is the globally celebrated author of Step Back from the Baggage Claim, ReMember, and the newly released book Thermostat Cultures, as well as a coveted keynote speaker and leadership consultant. More importantly, he’s striving to be an above average father, husband, and friend.
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