As we prepare to give thanks tomorrow for the abundant blessings in our personal lives, I’m reminded by the above experience of something imperative: As businesspeople, we need to take time to express authentic gratitude for our clients, our colleagues and our communities. What are some simple ways to say thanks?
Culture is defined as the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterize an institution or organization. It picks up where the employee handbook leaves off. Culture guides discretionary behavior, and tells us what to do when the CEO isn’t in the room – which is most of the time. Studies have shown that the culture of an organization can account for nearly 30 percent of business performance. Here are three simple keys to help strengthen the culture of your organization.
The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum — more commonly known as The Discovery — has become a field-trip staple for local students, and for good reason: The destination has positioned itself at the intersection of culture and education, offering exhibits and activities to keep young minds thriving. But leadership at The Discovery wants to make something abundantly clear: Contrary to the rumor, you do not have to have children to visit the museum.
Mary Barra, CEO of GM, recently said, “Forget culture, it’s about behavior.” There are thousands of behavioral choices we make daily, at work and elsewhere. Behaviors, not culture, at GM led to unsafe cars killing people. Behaviors at your company influence your success or failure in innumerable ways.