Nine lies…

1. I am really enthusiastic about the mission of my company.

2. At work, I clearly understand what is expected of me.

3. In my team, I am surrounded by people who share my values.

4. I have the chance to use my strengths every day at work.

5. My teammates have my back.

6. I know I will be recognized for excellent work.

7. I have great confidence in my company’s future.

8. In my work, I am always challenged to grow.

These are taken from the book Nine Lies, by Marcus Buckingham. I loved the book and these questions. Great learning around why I don’t like 360’s and so much more. If you’re a leader, try getting in the habit of asking individuals around you one of these questions. Whatever their answer, go deeper. Ask them one of my favorite go to’s – Tell me more.

People don’t care that much about the parent company, holding company, or institution, even if it is The Ohio State University. People care about the culture on their team, on your team, leader. Stop investing time putting meaningless words on the walls rained down from above. Instead, put time into understanding the words within each teammate. Pull more out of them. This is how culture is built. Start here. Raise the level of dialogue within your team. Break the sound barrier, so to speak. Be curious and be with. Create a sense of belonging within your team. Talk. Good.

Live hard. Love harder (Thanks, Teeks)…

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