When leaders think about building great organizations with inspiring cultures, they usually don’t consult children’s books for guidance. But childhood author, Dr. Seuss, revealed a key culture-building principle when he said…
I’d like to share with you a leadership secret – a way to boost the morale of your team and motivate them toward excellence. Perhaps like no other aspect of leadership, this one behavior can supercharge your team!
Years ago, I discovered that good communication is necessary for effective leadership. A leader always sets the expectations, and defines the level of communication by example. The motivation to communicate well is clear: There is a direct relationship between open communication and increased performance in any organization.
Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve been intensely curious. I also have a passion to add-value to others. I’ve discovered that before you can add value to others and really help them, you must first grow yourself.
Best-selling author, Jim Collins said, “First who, then what.” He went on to say, “People are not your most important asset. The right people are.”
One thing is clear. Every organization has a culture. And every culture is driven by the leader. That is why John C. Maxwell said, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.”
Doug Conant of Campbell Soup said, “To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace.”
Our people were always important in our business. But it was not until 1987 that I got intentional about it.
In a previous post, I likened culture to the wind by explaining you can’t see culture, but you can see the effects of it, if you know what to look for and where to look.
Zappos’ CEO, Tony Hsieh, expresses the importance of culture by stating, “Your brand is your culture.” For the stressed-out leader, Hsieh also provides unconventional advice when he explains, “If you get the culture right, most of the other stuff will just take care of itself.”
If culture is so fundamental, it’s important to ask: What is culture?
Well, it is difficult to define. Culture is like the wind. It’s difficult to describe, but you can see the manifestations or the effects of a culture in action.