As a leader you are at the steering wheel of your organisation or team’s cultural journey. You set the temperature in the room as you bring people together to change the personality of the organisation or team.
Being a role model of beliefs, through practising what you preach, is an important part of reinforcing the new values of the organisation or team. You need to give cultural building the effort it deserves as you set the tone for everyone involved.
Subtle leading is important as you don’t want to force the changes down their throats. It is crucial that your structure resembles the culture that is desired. You need to stimulate healthy discussion and prioritise the key aspects of cultural change.
Leading cultural change requires you to teach it, define it, live it, measure it and most importantly reward it. You must be consistent in your approach and ensure the delivery hits the sweet spot every time.
Creating a positive workplace, through successful cultural change, provides many great benefits to your organisation or team. Let’s take a look at some of the most valuable benefits, which employees can experience:
- Improved productivity throughout the organisation
- More focus on their work and the work of the whole organisation
- Proud to be associated with the organisation
- Knowledge & experiences are shared to enhance the organisation
- People enjoy coming to work
- More committed to the company
- Go home happy & feel satisfied
- Positive impact on society, especially the relationships with their friends, family and the community
High Performance Culture
Why do certain companies or teams excel beyond the norm in productivity, cohesion, ratings and performance? They know how to deliver a high performance culture. They live and breathe it every minute of every day. Let’s take a look at what a high performance culture is all about.
How do you know where you are going, if you don’t know where the destination is?
High Performance cultures start with clearly defining and understanding what winning looks like. The culture is connected to the big picture. The team spells out their preferred culture and sets about ensuring everything and everyone is aligned.
Performance is increased through transparency, employee engagement and an ownership mentality. Team members are adaptable and highly accountable. They work as one and feed off each other.
There is an internal focus for continuous improvement and information sharing. Coaching and mentoring programs are ingrained to ensure leadership is developed and nurtured.
Storytelling is deeply embedded in the company or team. It’s the lifeblood that continuously fuels performance. It draws the DNA of the company or team and allows it’s personality to shine.
Exceptional customer service and open internal communication is a natural way of being. It drives customer satisfaction and fuels employee cohesiveness.
Employee recognition is prioritised and they take the time to celebrate all wins, both large and small. Celebrating small victories lift the spirits of the team, help in motivation and team encouragement.
As Peter Drucker once said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. If you think of building a house to sell, the culture is the foundation that enables the strategies to shine through that draw hundreds of people to the Open Home.
A high performance team sets high standards, stretch targets and won’t settle until they figure out how to achieve it. They are dedicated, determined and meticulous in their planning. The team knows their culture is only as good as its strategy and therefore are reviewing both on a regular and planned basis.
Do you lead a team of winners and the company DNA to deliver a high performance culture?
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