There has been a lot of talk about “changing the culture” of a lot of things lately: education, crime, business, neighborhoods, families - you name it.
And, no doubt, there is room for growth in all these areas. I welcome the conversation; however, I came across an article on LinkedIn that is challenging paradigms on culture, strategy, and leadership.
The author is Fred Aubin. Follow him on Twitter @FM_Aubin.
Although you owe it to yourself to check-out the article, I wanted to share a couple of takeaways. The first one is, by far, the most important:
but it will regularly feast on weak leadership and incoherent strategy.
Personally, I think this is a powerful reality check. It certainly made me sit-up in my chair and give serious consideration to what I do in my various roles: family, volunteer commitments, work, etc.
To me, the statement above all else is saying – it’s on us. It is on us to do what needs to be done right now. And, if we feel we are coming-up short, don’t blame the culture. Own it!
Does culture matter? Of course it does but let’s not blame culture (something we can influence but not directly control) for our lack of action (something we can control).
Back to the article….
Peter Drucker often argued that a company’s culture would trump any attempt to create a strategy that was incompatible with its culture.
The actual quote in question is, “Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you’ve got.”
Instead of describing how you are going to change culture, concentrate on creating conditions that will promote positive change.
If you are not enamored with your corporate culture … you may want to take a long glance in the mirror.
Please stop using culture as your whipping boy for incoherent, or poorly communicated strategy.
Your corporate culture is not the bogeyman.
It’s an important facet of any strategy and you ignore it at your own peril …..but it’s not an insurmountable obstacle.
And, …. if you firmly believe that your culture is a brick wall, just remember that you had a role in building it.
What are three things you can do RIGHT NOW to impact your _______ (fill-in the blank – family, neighborhood, non-profit organization, place of business, etc)?
What are three things you can do in the next 6-12-24 months? Better yet, what are three things you can do in the next 90 days?
Don’t let culture be a reason not to act!
Thanks for reading!
Frank Haney – “Rockford’s Insurance Coach”
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