Everybody wants to be a part of a great culture, whether in the office, at home, on a sports team, or wherever else you may be. We want people around us who challenge us, lift us up, and help us become the people we want to be. And if you’re in a leadership position, it’s up to you to create that culture. It’s an important responsibility, but it’s a fun one, too!
Are you looking for tips on getting people to get excited about a culture change? And wondering how to ensure the changes you make stick? Here’s our advice!
Attract the right people.
Nothing beats great people. And when it comes to a winning culture, the right people are the ones who are motivated, passionate, helpful, kind, and maybe even a little bit competitive. They’re the ones who will do what it takes to better your environment, even if it means having to adapt to situations outside of their comfort zones.
Do you have these types of people around you? If so, that’s great (and if you don’t, read this article for info that might help you find them)! You already have the most important aspect of building a well-organized unit. Now, it’s time to harness the power of those people to drive your culture in the right direction. Read on for your next steps!
Set clear goals.
A winning culture doesn’t come from playing guessing games. If you’re looking to increase efficiency and grow together, setting clear goals is essential. Think of these goals as your “why” … and once you have that, you can start working on the “how”. Here are a few tips to help you get everyone on board with the goal-setting process:
- Write down your goals and set deadlines. And don’t forget to make sure they’re measurable!
- Create a roadmap (this is the “how” that we mentioned!). What’s your plan for getting from point A to point B?
- Don’t be afraid to say, “good job” when someone is doing well. Positive reinforcement is the key to keeping people motivated!
Goal setting gives you and your team a purpose. While it’s good to have individual goals, it’s just as important to have common group goals to keep everyone on the same page. Like the old African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
It’s no secret that you will face challenges as a team. But the crucial thing is that everyone is able to stay positive in both good and bad times … and that positivity starts with you. If people see you staying cool, calm, and collected in high pressure situations, it’s likely that they’ll follow suit.
We could all use practice in the positivity department sometimes. Let’s face it, none of us are able to keep it together all the time, no matter how hard we try. Check out this article for ideas on how you can become a more positive leader!
Establishing a winning culture starts with winning leadership. Motivating people to make changes is always a challenge, but if you stick with it, you’ll create a positive environment that you and your team can be proud of!
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