changing the culture – what’s first?

Good morning,

Last week I wrote a post about the book Mission Drift and shortly afterwards received an email from a friend thanking me for the post, but then asking what do you do if you sense that is happening in your organization.

My first thought was about how to start changing others then realized that it starts with me. In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins talks about how a Level 5 leader first “looks in the mirror” whenever faced with an organizational issue. So, if you want to change the culture, maybe the best place to start is with yourself.

Do you have the mindsets of humility, trust, dependency, and growth? Could you be an obstacle to the growth of others? What tone are you setting in your sphere of influence? Are you really growing and continuously developing or are you still dealing with default habits that keep you rooted in old practices?

Are you an encourager and developer of others or are you so consumed with your “thing” that you fail to invest in others?

So, maybe if we want to change the culture, we might want to begin with ourselves.

Take a look in the mirror.


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