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In Michael Lee Stallard’s book “Connection Culture“, he alludes to three types of organizational culture.
Those cultures are: control, indifference and connection. Here’s my thoughts on each one:
Control based cultures are where the demand for task excellence is preeminent. Micromanaging at any scale persists. And the fear of reprimand, performance improvement plans, demotion or job loss exists in perpetuity. People are not valued in these companies, but rather commoditized.
Cultures of indifference are where the voice of the employee is disregarded. Open door policies are mere semantics, or great for attracting angel investors money into the company. Employee concerns are countered with directives to figure it out or work harder. Changes are not made from the voice of those who don’t have the degree or level of knowledge to offer any valuable input.
Connected cultures are different. These companies ascribe not only a high value on their people (for real and not for show) but also allow their voice to be heard, and a part of the process. But even more, a connected culture shares a strong vision with all employees. It’s not sufficient to be first in a market, to merely win, but to have a strong enough shared vision that enriches both monetarily and communally with everyone as to what the impact of the organization will have for the improvement of all involved, customer, leadership, employees and community.
Connected cultures serve the vision, value and voice of their people first, knowing that the investment in created connected individuals and teams far surpasses any task excellence and superior performance metrics.
The demand for high performance only lasts as long as the motivational fear can carry the spirit of their people. But the organization that has a deep connection culture will always persist and find success in the best and worst of times. Connected people are statistically more committed and productive versus those people in companies that are driven to be committed and productive.
Are you fostering a culture of control, indifference or connection? The choice is up to you. As well as the results from that culture as well.
One of the toughest things for us as hunmans is to objectively learn at every opportunity.
We tend to be defensive when things don’t go our way. Our pride tells us “I’m fine, it’s everyone/everything else”.
When things are going well, we think we’re in a good place, and fail to find out how to be better.
At every instance, we should always be learning.
We should learn where new opportunities are, what is trending, and how to be more effective.
We should learn where to make the biggest impact and how to connect with others on a deeper level.
But the most important thing we should always be learning about it ourselves and how we can improve.
Most of the challenges we face are how we respond to situations, and how our action feed into them before they occur.
If we spent our time learning the art of self-awareness and always be learning about ourselves, we will gain mastery of the most elusive part of leadership – our own EQ.
Always learn about the world around you, but more critically, learn about the world that is within your own heart and mind.
People today are busy and distracted.
They let work and the myriad of “urgencies” in life consume them or get them off track from what they truly want to pursue in their professional and personal lives.
And if that’s not enough, our own internal thought patterns, biases and attitudes also threaten to take us away from our goals.
We need to take time at least every week to stop and break away and review what we’re doing – and most importantly thinking – and how that will get us in the place we hope to get.
Whether it’s a holiday break like we have this weekend in the States, a reflection Sunday evening before the work week or having a dedicated time for self-planning and re-energizing, we need to understand the direction we’re headed and if our actions will enable us to get there.
It’s easy to get lost in the forest of life and not see through the trees. But we need to find a quiet place to lift our thinking and vision above the treetops, see what lies ahead, and plan to get there.
That may be staying with our current course and finding more efficient ways. Or a course correction such as a more healthy lifestyle or career change. It might even result in a radical change of our goals altogether when we realize that what we’re striving for isn’t really what we want.
Nothing satisfying comes from plowing ahead through life. Take the time regularly to see where you are going and how to make that path straight.