The above is a link to a great article by Chris LoCurto, who is part of Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership team. This is especially important to me because we are trying to change the culture my workplace now. It’s going to take a while, but nothing great was ever done overnight.
A presenter I listened to once said “Culture is the sum of the behaviors you allow.” How very true. If you allow some people to come in late, leave early, gossip, not pull their weight, how can you expect the others to toe the line?
I used to work for a place that the culture was so ingrained that you could almost consider it a cult. People lived, ate, and breathed this company. Was it bad? No. Was it pervasive throughout the organization? Yep. Was it hard to have a life outside work? Yes, especially if you had my boss. However, I can honestly say that each and every employee knew what was expected of them, how they were supposed to act, and what was important to the company. You could also tell those who weren’t going to be around very long – they just couldn’t get the culture.
What behaviors are allowed at your place that negatively or positively affect the culture?