Leadership in Action – What Type of Culture are You Trying to Create?

As organizations are pivoting or panicking during this time of COVID, many leaders are looking for a silver bullet. They want to have that Agile Culture, or is it the Culture of Diversity and Inclusion, or perhaps the Sales Culture, Culture of Innovation or the good old Safety Culture?  In fact, some organizations have separate groups working on each of these types of cultures.  The truth is, your organization has one culture. That culture either has set your organization up for success and resilience during this time, or panic and desperation.

 

A healthy culture balances concerns for tasks, people and ethics. When you balance these concerns, you get productive and effective organizations that are agile, embracing of diversity and inclusion, while generating sales, being innovative, as well as providing a safe place both physically and emotionally. You can have it all.

 

The Cultural BluePrintis a tool that helps you understand and develop your culture to achieve that balance of tasks, people and ethics. There are five key areas where organizational culture impacts how employees engage, interact and perform within a company:

1. Efficacy: Does your organization encourage employees to approach tasks with a sense of confidence and resilience?

2. Goals: Does your organization encourage members to move toward goals by being focused, proactive, and innovative?

3. Approach: Does your organization encourage employees to balance task accomplishment with the need to engage others utilizing integrity and transparency?

4. Relationships: Does your organization encourage employees to work well with others through teamwork, mentoring, and sense of regard for all employees, regardless of position?

5. Altruism: Does your organization enable employees to find a higher purpose and connect meaning to the work they do?

 

Employees may come to a company with their own personal beliefs that either liberate or limit their performance. But the shared beliefs within a company create a powerful force that can change how employees approach their work and colleagues. These beliefs are established by leadership, but are commonly “driven home” by the day-to-day interactions employees have with their managers.

 

As a leader, you have the opportunity to reinforce all five key areas of culture through the Mindsetting Strategies of: Connect the Dots – let people know why; Energize Action – coach your staff to success; and Nurture Growth – be a role model in challenging assumptions to achieve better results.

 

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