- Culture is one of the biggest influencers on the success of a team, an organization, or even a family.
- Your culture is a reflection of your people.
- Culture is both a product and a process. It’s the what we do and how we do it.
- It’s the values and beliefs, the attitudes and standards, the moods and worldviews of the people in the group.
- The culture determines how employees act, how motivated and engaged they are, how they contribute to teams, how they solve problems, how they produce results, and ultimately how they serve clients.
- It’s about connectedness and organizations accepting their employees for who they are.
- The most successful leaders in an organization recognize the culture of which they are a part and can adapt as necessary, and that includes knowing when to offer praise to a team, share an uplifting story, or tell a silly joke.
- Leadership, problem solving, and conflict resolution are important elements in creating a positive team culture.
- Organizations need to be passionate about developing their employees because they deserve it. It increases their self-worth, their value to the organization and to your constituents.
- Culture is about development and growth. Is your company committed to helping employees develop into leaders? Is your organization committed to growth? Not just growth in the numbers, but the individual growth and professional development of each team member?
Organizational Culture – Instilling Confidence, Inspiring Hope, Creating Leaders Who Make a Difference
These words of wisdom from Ecclesiastes ring true both personally and professionally: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”
Is the time right for you? For what, you ask? Here are 20 Questions to ponder as you reflect on what time it is in your life. Enjoy!
1. Is the time right for you to step into a leadership role?
2. Is the time right for you to learn something new?
3. Is the time right for you to thank someone for making a difference in your life?
4. Is the time right for you to make a difference in someone else’s life?
5. Is the time right for you to change?
6. Is the time right for you to find a coach?
7. Is the time right for you to offer a word of encouragement?
8. Is the time right for you to stop sabotaging yourself?
9. Is the time right for you to start believing in yourself?
10. Is the time right for you to clarify your priorities?
11. Is the time right for you to come to a deeper understanding of what matters most in your life?
12. Is the time right for you to look for a new job?
13. Is the time right for you to go back to school?
14. Is the time right for you to stop talking about getting healthy and start doing it?
15. Is the time right for you to be a mentor?
16. Is the time right for you to reach out to a friend in need?
17. Is the time right for you to forgive?
18. Is the time right for you to move on?
19. Is the time right for you to start counting your blessings?
20. Is the time right for you to set written goals and start working to achieve them?
Only YOU can know when the time is right to take action. Perhaps today is the day.
Utilizing Attitude Tests, Behavioral Interviewing & Personality Type Assessments to Positively Impact Corporate Culture
Corporate culture is a funny topic…everyone in the HR industry seems to be talking about it, but few have defined what it means for their organizations. Instead, we are given example after example of what good looks like. But, is that “good” the same for your company or your culture?
What is corporate culture anyway and why does it matter?
Who creates it and who is responsible for it?
Why is it so hard to explain?
Why do we try?
The truth is, corporate culture is a hard thing to nail down. It changes quickly. By the time you get to some sort of definition, something changes and you are forced to redefine. How can you possibly present an authentic picture of what it means to be a part of an organization when elements of the group change daily?
At Rackspace, our culture is constantly changing. Since our inception, growth, technology, economic circumstances and Racker personalities have all played a part in evolving the essence of what it means to be a Racker and our overall esprit de corps. If I could bottle up the near palpable culture and share it, I would… but I can’t. So, in an effort to be real and real-time, I depend on our people to share the culture they are experiencing on our career site Racker Talent. To date, we’ve added 40 bloggers from 4 continents with an average of 2 new posts a week. It’s been an adventure!
In my mind, culture is about today. The events of yesterday and the prior years represent our historical context. For the Rackers who were a part of the entire series of events, this historical context is vivid and real. For those just joining the company, their context starts the moment they walk through the door. Both groups make up and influence our true culture.
The more I contemplate this topic, the more I lean towards the perspective that culture is not meant to be bottled up or defined. It’s meant to live and breathe.
So, how does that work?
How can a company have a “good” corporate culture?
It’s about connectedness and organizations accepting their employees for who they are. Quit hiring people for skill sets alone. Start placing values above all else. Are they a good person? Are they ambitious? Do they live by the values of your company? Then, let them be. Trust them. Let them shape the culture that makes your place of work different and special.
You can teach people skills, but training values is near impossible. When was the last time you witnessed someone transform from an egotistical, self-centered, mean personality to a group-oriented all around happy person?
When I roam our offices meeting Rackers and hearing their stories, I see a trend. People here care. They care about their co-workers; they care about their customers; and they accept the calling to help build one of the world’s best service companies. Mediocrity with these values is not an option.
We hire passionate people who want to make a difference. And guess what? They bring that passion to work every day. They help their colleagues, and they go above and beyond for our customers.
Want a great corporate culture? Quit defining it and start hiring the type of people who care about the mission. The culture will figure itself out.
About Michael Long
Since 2003, Michael Long has dedicated his career to talent acquisition. In that time, his areas of responsibility have included recruitment, management, training, strategy and employment branding in both corporate and agency environments. In 2008, Michael took a concentrated interest in the use of social media as it applies to the realm and launched his first blog, The Red Recruiter.
In 2010, Michael joined Rackspace Hosting in San Antonio, TX to head up global employment branding initiatives. Since becoming a “Racker,” Michael launched RackerTalent.com and has brought together internal bloggers from five continents to share the authentic culture of the organization.
Connect with Michael on Twitter (@theredrecruiter).