The Pillars of Culture

• Three primary factors provide major inputs into culture• Leadership is essential• Communication permeates everything in the enterprise• A healthy ecosystem enables everyone to contribute effectivelyWe’ve talked about the factors…

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Altruism: The Fifth Factor

Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.― Victor FranklHonor others, their time and contributionBe open to others’ ideas, expect contribution from anywhere in…

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School Starts After Labor Day

Good Cultures Commit to ExcellenceMake Sure the Members Understand the “Why”Be Willing to Address Uncomfortable/Controversial TopicsWe built a school in 90 days, but that last week must have lasted a…

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The Little School with Lofty Goals

Goals must be crystal clear and forward focusedGood organizations plan and plan for contingencies as wellMembers continuously and naturally challenge the status quo, seeking improvementIt only took five years to…

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The Way We Do Things Here

Culture isn’t what’s written down in the employee manual Culture is what they tell you after you get done with training Leader’s influence culture – they do not control it…

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Measuring Messages – Inside and Out

What Gets Measured…Gets Done                                    UnknownCulture has three levels – Artifacts, Personal Values, Assumed ValuesThe behaviors that comprise a culture can be quantified – As can an organization’s idealThe gap between…

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Have to? Or Want to?

“Mattering” is important in engagementEngagement occurs as an outcome of consistent culture cultivation effortsHighly engaged organizations share common philosophies and practiceThere is a radio station in my town that has…

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Integrity – A Key Component of Culture

A majority of people believe they have high integrity Culture determines levels of psychological safety Strong culture prevents Integrity conflicts Imagine sitting in a meeting of peers, discussing a new…

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