Your culture is changing.
You can’t stop it from changing.
The only question is Do You Want To Play Any Role In What It Becomes?
You see, we know that our success as teams, companies, families, or organizations are more directly connected with HOW we do something than WHAT we actually do. We know that two teams with approximately the same level of talent can have two different outcomes based on the chemistry within the individuals and HOW they play together. We know it because we’ve seen it. We know that two seemingly similar families can DO all of the same things, but still have two totally different experiences or vibes based on HOW they approach what they do. We know it because we’ve seen it.
The culture within our teams and groups is being molded every day. Moment by moment the culture is being created by the way we Think, Act and Interact. Each of our thoughts, each of our actions, and each of our interactions end up creating the culture that we have. So, it is changing, but we get to make the conscious choice on whether we want to help mold it into what we want it to become.
Culture management matters. The most effective teams, organizations, companies, or groups of any kind on the planet, are active participants in molding the culture they desire. They understand that the “continuous improvement” mantra relates to HOW they stay focused on how they are Thinking, Acting & Interacting as a group.
Culture management begins with language. Language drives behavior. The best cultures have clear language that helps people pull in the same direction and identify the specific actions and behavior that build the type of culture they want. Clear and consistent language between team members allows us to “Set The Temperature” that we want and also reminds us that Core Values Matter too.
For the teams and organizations we are privileged to support and serve, we often use the 6 A Model For Leading Change to help with their culture management initiatives. There are no silver bullet solutions, but the most effective teams are the ones who are committed to a process, together.
So, what do you want your culture to be? What would you like to be different about HOW you show up to do WHAT you do? In what ways could your team, company or group lead better and create a stronger culture?
Good luck on the next leg of your journey! Let the molding continue (or start).
Jason Barger is a globally celebrated author, keynote speaker, and leadership consultant. More importantly, he’s striving to be an above average father, husband, and friend.
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