I recently was asked to be a table host for an HR leadership event to discuss what it means to be an “ambassador of culture”. There was so much energy in the room and a real hunger for ideas about how elevate culture in everyone’s organization. As I️ reflected on some of the conversation it got me thinking about the importance of culture and how it is critical to every winning organization. It doesn’t matter which role you play, customer service, management, operations, human resources, sales, accounting, etc… We all have the choice to drive culture!
I️ was recently watching the ESPN 30 for 30 special on Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz. He took over as head coach in 1985 and led his team to a national championship four years later in 1988. He started by setting expectations, getting buy in, and recruiting the right players that aligned with his mission and values. Sounds like a winning business model, right?
When you look at championship teams, they all have one thing in common… a winning culture! Culture is “the ties that bind us”. It’s what we believe in at our workplace or in a volunteer organization. We can either have a winning culture, or an accepting culture. In both scenarios, the leaders of the enterprise actions are the key to which way the pendulum swings. Think about companies like Southwest Airlines, Chick-fil-A, and Apple. What do you see? Employees believe… They believe in the mission and values of the organization. They believe in the alignment with their own purpose and have empathy for others to drive outcomes! So what’s your culture like in your company? Let me share a few action items to consider for better outcomes as you develop your business planning strategy for success.
- Do you know the vision, mission and values or guiding principles of your enterprise? They are on our walls and all around us. Invest time to discuss them with other members on your team and why they are important in your workplace and for your clients.
- How can you tie your mission and guiding principles to the business needs for positive outcomes? In our business, it’s about building trust, reducing stress, and delivering reliability around the world for companies needing support when needing to relocate talent. How does your mission link to your business needs?
- How can you be an ambassador of your culture? Take some time to talk about your vision, vision, and values with other teammates and share what it means to you. Start driving conversation and decision making based your guiding principles. Find your lane and drive your workplace with purpose!
In his book “Hit Refresh”, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft shares the following excerpt… “any institution building comes from having a clear vision and culture that works to motivate progress both top down and bottom up.”
Did you hear that? From top / down leadership, and bottom / up leadership! We all have a choice to make a difference in our workplace.
Quote of the day: “The Goal is bigger than the Role.” (Excerpt from the book FIND YOUR LANE)
Call to action: Write down your vision mission and values. Get to know them, confirm alignment with your purpose, and share with others. Strive to be “The Ambassador of your Culture”!
This has been A Relocation Minute on “Ambassador of your Culture” with Bruce Waller, For more information, call 972-389-5673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our my social media facebook and twitter page.
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