Your team is not defined by the words painted on your walls. Your team is defined by the behaviors it allows, condones, encourages, and disciplines. Fact. You are defined by your behaviors. Healthy humans author their own deeply held beliefs and align behaviors accordingly. They close their integrity gaps when they say one thing and do another. Healthy cultures do likewise. Healthy corporate cultures have to be fought for. Growth makes it hard to maintain a healthy culture. Shrinkage makes it hard. Marrying the status quo makes it hard. Obedience to authority makes it hard. Healthy cultures must be cultivated and nurtured. Yesterday, I challenged a few teams that the problem with their corporate cultures was them. They want to blame the leaders. Normal. Weak.
The truth is that few teammates believe they can change their corporate culture. Funny, it’s always been only a few that do. A few who possess a strong CORE and know what they stand for. Few, however, take the time to routinely, rigorously, and uniformly align beliefs and behaviors. Few. Few leaders have the nerve for fixing their cultures alignment issues. Few teammates feel they’ve earned the right. Few, truth be told, want to take responsibility for their own culture much less their company’s. All it takes to build a healthy culture in your corporation is a few with the nerve to fight for right – a few willing to fight for the kinda culture they want. A few willing to be less obedient to authority. Or, maybe, a few willing to submit to a higher authority – much higher.
Yesterday, I challenged a number of high performers to build more strength within, in their CORE. I’m fairly certain they did not like hearing from me. They, most likely just like you, are weaker than they think in their interior space. A great litmus test for your CORE strength is to honestly evaluate your ability to speak truth to your leader and the least ’round you. If you hold back when you’re not in one up position, you are weak in your CORE. Not a fun fact, but a fact. Are you?
You control the culture in your 20 square feet, friend. A Healthy CORE causes a healthy culture. Healthy CORE. Healthy Culture. A strong CORE behaves without thinking about prejudice, power, or position. You can too. Are you?