Archive for the ‘Culture Transformation’ Category

How to Spot a Pot-Stirrer

Friday, September 18th, 2020

Have you ever watched a pot-stirrer at work?

Yeah, they exist everywhere and in almost every organization, and they really can bring down the spirit of everyone around them because pot stirrers make it unsafe to just have great days and lots of sanity and things that work. They say things that sound innocent but aren’t intended to be innocent at all like “do you know Julie just got that project, do you think that’s fair?” or “gosh, I don’t mean anything bad by this, but Jim Bob just got promoted and I sure think he doesn’t have what it takes to make that happen”.

Those kinds of statements create all kinds of craziness within an organization because they’re not direct requests of someone who can make a difference. Ask yourself if you ever stirred the pot and, if you have, forgive yourselves of everything from the past because you can’t change that. But what you can do, alternatively, is decide never to be a pot-stirrer again.

Your workplace needs you to bring the highest level of integrity to what you do. And so, it can’t just sound like it seems innocent, it must really be innocent – and you know the difference.

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.