I heard the saying the other day while listening to an interview that culture eats strategy for breakfast, and that statement really resonated with me because it is so true!
How many times have people came up with new ideas to solve personnel issues in an organization and they flop because people are set in their ways? Countless amounts of times right? Well the idea of putting strategies in place to fix a company culture issue is actually a terrible idea if you think about it. Sitting in a meeting and coming up with a strategy to solve a culture issue is to say “let’s figure out a way to get people excited about doing their job that they are not fond of by offering them something.” This form of manipulation works as a short-term solution but is not sustainable because people do not like to be manipulated. Coming up with processes to fix a trust issue just does not work and unfortunately makes the situation worse.
So if the company or organization you are in has a high turnover rate, the amount produced by the loyal people is low, and newly implemented ideas keep failing and you keep asking what do we do, then this blog site is for you. We are in the middle of a revolution from the industrial economy to a connection economy and the companies that cannot make the switch will continue to suffer.
Now in a company culture that has the issues mentioned above continually manifesting, the reason is because there is distrust, fear, worry, pride, envy, selfishness, and other negative emotions among the team. So how can this be addressed and reversed? Well if your organization does not understand people, then it does not understand business and it will struggle moving forward until organizations start actually prioritizing people and not just say that they do. People like to be connected to each other and if the priority is selfishness in the culture, then everyone becomes an island which produces all of this negativity. People want to be on a winning team and want to know that someone has their back.
A question we need to ask is how was this self-interest culture created and how is it perpetuating? Examples of a selfish culture looks like… trying to meet a number because the boss said so, a mentality of hours for dollars, a fair days work for a fair days pay, thank God it’s Friday oh God it’s Monday, etc. People like to be apart of a team that is making a difference in the world around them and if people start focusing on being generous, then people will love going to work.
One Saturday I signed up to help in a community kitchen where we provided meals for the homeless. Do you think I was asking to get paid for all of my work? No! I was there to serve the less fortunate and I did it happily because I wanted to help hurting people. It was such a great time, I had a lot of fun, and I wanted to do it again even though it was work on a saturday.
I give you that example to say that it is possible for people to love their job and they will happily work hard if it is for a great reason. People go to work to make money, but they stay and give their best when they feel that they are making a difference in someone else’s life.
I leave you with this. Be generous at work even if you’re not in a management position. Why prison is prison is because there is no generosity there and why life is worth living is because of generosity. Generosity is an act of love and people will love you if you love them unconditionally. Leadership is not a position but leadership is influence and you can lead by example and let your example inspire others. So instead of everyone dredging to go to work Monday morning, everyone will look forward to it!