Season 3 Episode 15: Culture: Allowing vs Teaching

Jason Barger at 2019 Thermostat Cultures Live Event
Jason Barger at 2019 Thermostat Cultures Live Event

In every team, family or organizational culture, what we ALLOW lingers and what we TEACH triggers. What attitudes, habits, behaviors, tendencies, and operations are you allowing to linger in your ecosystem and what progress do you want to trigger?

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1:30 – Jason introduces the podcast. Welcome back to the podcast and thank you for listening. We wish to create content that engages your mind and heart and allows you to step back and think and add some positivity to your life. This podcast is about positive momentum and positive solutions.

3:00 – Leadership and culture, not just what you do but how your people do it. It is as important as anything. How your people lead and the culture you create together is everything. Culture is your competitive advantage. A discussion on how to care for your culture and team is given.

4:44 – Culture can also be the thing that drives people away. If they don’t feel like they are working for something that is greater than themselves. You will recruit and attract many others if your culture, how you do it, is your competitive advantage.

You will recruit, retain, & attract many others if your culture is your competitive advantage.

6:06 – Be intentional and proactive about what you are building. Culture is not a drive-thru experience, not an overnight experience. It all follows the pattern for change, the 6 A’s. Visit to learn more about the 6 A’s for change.  Leadership has to be consistent and to follow the process that all of you together are committed to creating a culture that doesn’t currently exist.

7:50 – Jason talks about things you can do and exercises to help create the culture you want. What we allow, lingers. What we teach, triggers. A discussion of this embarks. Allowing the poor behaviors, habits, priorities, tendencies, daily operations, the standards that we allow linger. The cloud they create makes the culture for everyone blurry.

11:10 – How we operate every day staying mission-focused and the attitudes we breathe oxygen into triggers. They build on each other and set off a positive chain reaction to others. Jason talks about how an organization can influence culture within their organization.

12:45 – Jason talks about high performers who are missing the larger picture through their actions to not really help the team.

What we allow, lingers. What we teach, triggers.

Questions to Ponder:

  1. What are you allowing on your team in the cultures in your life and work?
  2. What are you intentionally teaching your team, the cultures in your life and work?
  3. What do you want your culture to become in the future?
  4. What are you going to proactively do to shape it?

Remember, culture has never been more important than it is today but it has to be proactive. It takes effort to design to lead. What you allow lingers. What you teach triggers.

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Conversations and micro-thoughts to engage your mind and heart.

A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker, and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision, and values.