We live in an instant gratification world where people want things to change immediately. Every leader, team and organization wants to snap their fingers and magically arrive at their desired outcomes.
However, there is no quick fix or hack for developing leaders and the team culture you desire. It’s a process. The most compelling teams and organizations invest time, energy and resources into shaping the culture they want, not just the culture they’ve experienced in the past.
They know that one of their greatest competitive advantages in today’s world is not just what they do as a company, but the culture of how they do it. People want to be a part of a compelling culture and contribute their skills to something greater than themselves.
And it’s not a top-down dictator style of leadership that is compelling to people, but a participatory style that invites cross-functional representation throughout the organization to share in the dreaming and creation of the desired culture.
The process to create your culture requires six A’s and participatory leadership:
Culture-shaping is not a drive-thru experience. It’s not a one-time company meeting or a singular poster on the wall. Every culture must create habits that anchor the values within their organizational ecosystem. The organization intentionally anchors them with their structures for how they hire, onboard employees, identify emerging leaders, do performance evaluations, raise the bar on leadership at all levels, and develop and empower culture ambassadors.
Great companies, teams, communities and collections of humans anywhere in the world don’t just magically happen. They are grown, developed, cultivated and led with intentionality.
The process for developing high-performing and engaged cultures never stops, and the best leaders, teams and organizations are committed to the continuous journey of development, vision, communication, engagement, authenticity and action.