Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Foster Culture

Let's get started on the right track for 2012.  Every leader is responsible for fostering the culture of the company.  Key to this is communication - clear communication in words and in action.

As a leader, your role is to model the behaviour you would like to see as well as reinforce good examples you have recognized in daily performance.  Is this something that you do everyday?  Do you realize you are actually the catalyst in driving the development and legacy of your company culture?

Think about this for 2012:
  • what is the culture of my company?
  • is this a culture I would like to enhance, change or improve?
  • how do I get the right people on board this year to match my company culture (and help carry it forward)?
As leaders, few of us realize the impact we have on our company in terms of the culture.  While you have a mission statement and values to work by, the culture can change with the entrance or exit of leadership.  You may say that your company has an open-door policy, while one of your executives is always sharing this open-door information with their assistant... this immediately erodes the culture and it's effectiveness.  Does this type of opportunity happen in your company?

Time to take stock....it is January 3rd....what does it feel like to walk through your company - offices, plant, call center - and is this what you intended it to be?  If not, why not and what are you going to do about it?

Visit with me by phone (519-735-6820) or email and we can talk through your challenges....you are not out there alone!

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