Archive for the ‘Culture Transformation’ Category

Win and Celebrate

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

How do you create a culture of celebration and accomplishment?

Most people think, as I did, that appreciation comes only from managers and leaders, and that’s where the responsibility lies. But the research is fascinating: It actually shows that when we have a culture where people appreciate each other throughout the organization, that’s actually more important to the culture than having the leadership and the managers doing the appreciating.

So, how do you step into celebrating your teammates—making sure that you’re high-fiving them as you walk by and making sure that they have their confidence built every day? Step in to be a celebrator and step in to be an appreciator. 

You’ll feel even more celebrated and appreciated yourself, simply by engaging in that act of kindness.

To Activate Others, Bring the Energy!

Monday, October 21st, 2019

To activate others to be enthusiastic, you must first become enthusiastic yourself.

We have an energy that transfers to others around us. You know a person who walks into the workplace exhausted—they pull the energy out of everyone around them. You’ve had your energy pulled from that person. Perhaps you’ve even been that person.

Alternatively, if you choose to come into the office with an enthusiastic mindset and belief system and you choose energy—even though you’re exhausted, even though you’ve been working hard—that, too, is contagious.

Are you the kind of person whom others want around to catch the energy that you have? Ask yourself that every day and decide to bring the energy to the game.

Look at things as they can be

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Look at things not as they are, but as they can be. A big thinker always visualizes what can be done in the future. She isn’t stuck with the present but lives in a world of possibility.

So, look around you today and see what is around you. Then ask yourself: “What could be here? What could be created? What if we lived in a powerful way? What would we make happen?”

Then, from that vantage point, take action.

Choose Purpose Over Passion

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Passion is form over function. But purpose is function and function and function!

Goethe once said: “Great passions are maladies without hope.” Some people call their base camp, where they pitch their tent, passion. But passion is what you are about.

Unfortunately, passion plays out as frenetic energy, impetuousness, and breathless last-minute activity. It’s exhausting and unstable. If instead, your base camp is grounded in purpose—something that you are in purpose for and with an approach that looks like perseverance to a disciplined and masterful execution towards some great end—that is what purpose is all about.

Passion may have its roots in what is good and noble, but, unfortunately, it often plays out in a way that is laughable and painful.

Choose purpose over passion every day.

Question Assumptions

Monday, February 26th, 2018

 

Every organization seems to have assumptions. Some of them are quite frankly very worthwhile, because the world goes around quite easily, because those assumptions aren’t challenged, and things could just move ahead. But some assumptions just aren’t based on truth. And so, it’s important to know when and how to challenge assumptions, to make sure that just because there is a “conventional belief system” that things are a certain way, doesn’t mean it’s true.

Sometimes by challenging something, a profound breakthrough is available for you and your team. So, occasionally, make sure that you bring it up and ask, “Why are we doing it that way, and might there be a better way?”