Scenario: You witness a situation at work and it is clearly evident that this will lead to a culture-killer for your company. What do you do?
Most people do one of 3 things:
1. DO NOTHING. Look the other way. Ignore what you’re seeing, hearing, and feeling.
2. JOIN IN. This is the mob mentality. “A riot is an ugly thing…I think it’s high time we have one!” (Young Frankenstein). This only fuels the fires of negativity.
3. PROMOTE, PRACTICE, and PROTECT the culture.
Easy. It’s just as easy to not act as it is to act. Just like losing weight or exercising or reading or being intentional in a relationship….it’s easy to do something and it’s not easy to do something
Fear. We fear taking a stand. We fear retribution from our peers (“who does he think he is?!”)
Deflection. “It’s not my job. I’m not a manager, VP, CEO…”
Since when is protecting our culture the sole responsibility of a supervisor?
Self-worth. “Who am I to say something/take a stand?”
Too many times, we don’t take a stand because of what we say to ourselves.
- “I’m just a line worker/entry-level accountant/etc. I have no authority.”
- “People will make fun or treat me differently. I don’t want to risk that.”
- “I’ve only been with the company for 6 months. I don’t know enough to speak up.”
- “I’m an idiot. I should shut up.”
Please realize that there are people who applied for your position and did not get it. YOU are in! YOU made it. YOU are worthy! Your company believes in YOU.
But in order for your company’s culture to grow and be cultivated, each team member has to make the right decision at those critical moments.
- And every time you and I stand up to PROMOTE, PRACTICE, AND PROTECT our culture, we build momentum.
- And when momentum builds, it becomes the norm.
- We raise our standards.
- We don’t settle.
- We refuse to live to the lowest common denominator.
- The culture becomes alive.
- WE become the culture.
Do you want a better company culture? That is not out of your reach. A couple of years ago, I shared some of my thoughts on this. Follow the link below to read about it.
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Today is Valentine’s Day. Here in the US, that means there will be lots of flowers and chocolates and cards given. Restaurants will be packed with lovers.
All this brought to mind a verse from the Bible. It is in Romans 12:10:
“Love one another in brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
Now, you may not be a person a faith. That’s ok. Stay with me here.
I often tell people who ask that I like my job and love the people I work with. It’s true. I’m not perfect in this, but most days and in most moments, it’s true. It’s what drives me to serve them, to push them to be their best, to cheer them on.
But I want to focus on the second part of this verse – “Outdo one another in showing honor.”
What would happen to your company culture if the majority of the team did exactly this? I know many of us seem to be in competitions with each other within our companies. People strive to be the top dog in sales. Project leaders are looking to excel more than the last project manager.
But what if we all started striving to “outdo one another in showing honor.” How would conversations sound differently? How would meetings be run? How would conversations about someone who is not present sound (would those conversations stop?)? How would even casual interactions change for the better? How would your company’s culture change?
So, on this Valentine’s Day, I challenge you and me to work to outdo one another in showing honor. I think this could have a positive, systemic effect in your workplace. It can become a place where we honor, respect, and appreciate each other.
Happy Valentine’s Day!