Tip #10 – Stop Doing Things That Run Counter to the Culture You Desire
Each day, your work culture moves closer to, or further away from, the type of culture that you desire. Cultures are a system in themselves. They have momentum. Plus, they spin in either in a negative or positive direction. Your work systems reinforce both desired and undesired work habits every day. Until you recognize this, you won’t be motivated to identify and change those systems that reinforce those things that you don’t really want to reinforce.
In the above nine tips, I give you some examples of ineffective work systems. I hope that you take the time to reflect on the degree to which similar examples might be in place in your organization. More importantly, should you find such systems in place, I hope that you begin to take actions to upgrade them. If you do so, your ‘new’ work systems will reinforce the right beliefs and behaviors, instead of the wrong ones.
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I wrote my ‘how to develop a high performance work culture’ book to help companies stop time and money waste as they try to change their cultures in unproductive ways. Most organizations try to change their work cultures by hiring consultants, sending people to training sessions, asking their leaders to manage differently, and forming teams that may only last a year or two. In some cases, these approaches might have some impact.
Unfortunately, the shift usually takes a lot longer than it should. Today’s high performance organizations use more effective approaches to develop and sustain the work culture they desire. I describe many of these approaches in the book. However, I also give a lot of these ideas away for free here on this website.
Do you want different results (a new and improved work culture)? If so, you must change the systems that created, and currently reinforce, the work culture you have in place. Also, significant emotional events, such as the loss of a major customer, an acquisition, or the threat of a facility closure, can change a culture. However, one rarely wants to go through such an experience in order to make this happen. Instead, learn from the organizations that have built and sustained high performance work cultures.