3 Keys to Building a Culture for Success

May 25, 2016 by  

The internal architecture of an organization is established and maintained by the leadership. They set the tone, and should exemplify the culture with their behavior and their attitudes.  If they “walk the walk” and not just “talk the talk” there is a far better chance that everyone will get on board with the program.

Successful, long lasting business do not happen overnight and require a consistent, committed leadership to light the way.

What does that mean?

It means that a culture for success requires a number of key issues to be incorporated into it in order to engage, challenge, encourage and support the employees.

How is that done?

  1. Providing ample autonomy to the employees so that they understand the roles and responsibilities of their position, but are also given the power to “run with the ball” when actually accomplishing their work. Yes, there are going to be parameters and time lines for any project, however there should be no need to micromanage every aspect of the project if the leadership has clearly articulated those requirements and trusts that the team assigned has the skills to accomplish the job. When one is empowered to do their work as they see fit, they feel supported and appreciated. If their accomplishments are acknowledged and they know just how they fit into the big picture of the organization it provides them with direction and can offer them enough challenge to keep them engaged.

 

 2. When employees are offered the opportunity to improve or update the skills they have as well as to increase or add new skills they feel valued. They also  realize that by expanding their abilities, new opportunities could open up for them and this demonstrates the company’s interest in seeing them be successful because they are making an investment in the employees. So whether they bring in experts for in-house training programs or send employees to teaching institutions for these upgrades, the results are going to be positive for everyone.

 

   3. When employees feel appreciated because their contributions have been acknowledged, supported because training has been offered, and encouraged because they have been given a good measure of autonomy in their jobs, they develop inner purpose and drive. Which means that they become self-starters who likely become more efficient, productive, and creative…..all of great benefit to their team and themselves. In addition, when employees are engaged and challenged, they are likely also happy. Happiness changes brain chemistry, improving function, which ultimately means fewer mistakes and an enhanced immune system. It also means higher performance, more efficiency and productivity. Finally, it usually means less sick time and less turnover…..all of which is positive for the company because those issues are very expensive.

 

Creating a culture for a successful, long lasting company does not require “rocket science”.   Instead, it takes commitment on the part of the leadership to establish a respectful, encouraging, supportive workplace.

Employees appreciate an organization that has developed an environment that fosters the approaches described above: autonomy toward the completion of their tasks, mastery of their current skills, as well as opportunities to expand of their skills, and acknowledgement of their contributions.  All of these elements will help to develop an inner purpose and motivation for innovation and good customer service due loyalty and happiness levels which will likely develop toward the employer.

Unfortunately, many companies seem to make money in spite of themselves rather than because of themselves, because the leadership has not developed and maintained a good culture in their organization. Even when you have good products or a unique niche, you have to realize that your most valuable and important asset is your people. Leaders must show appreciation, and support, as well as offer training and advancement opportunities to their employees that will help them to reach their true and full potential.  Financial success will be realized when you have happy, engaged, productive employees!

When this is the culture everyone wins!!!

Attitude…..the key to happiness & success

May 17, 2016 by  

Do you realize that in life, you have control over very little?

Stuff happens and in the end, it is really how you react to that “stuff” that is the true measure of the sort of person you are or wish to become.
In truth, no one’s life is an easy journey down a long straight, smooth, road. Instead, you find pot holes, bumps, curves, hills, valleys, and other obstacles along the way. It is really how you deal with those “surprises” that actually determine your happiness and success.

So what does that mean?

It means that every day when you get up you have a choice: you can choose to have a good day, or you can choose to have a bad day. It is totally your choice. Now, if you choose to have a bad day, no matter what happens, be they good or bad things, you will have a bad day because you already decided it would be bad.
On the other hand, if you choose to have a good day, even if you face difficulties, you will find a way to make them work out and become positives because you already decided your day was going to be a good one.

What determines those scenarios?

The one thing that you actually do have control over: your attitude, and those actions you employ, to deal with whatever befalls you.
If you have committed to being a positive person who always finds the glass is half full, then you are likely a good problem solver who views mistakes and challenges as opportunities to learn; and move forward once you have explored your options and decided how to resolve whatever you are facing. With this outlook, you likely have lots of friends and admirers who enjoy your company because you are fun and positive about your life, and ultimately make good things happen. If you are this sort of person you are also likely to be generally happy, productive, efficient, creative, and healthy.

Negative people view the world as a hard place with everyone and everything stacked against them. A place where nothing ever goes their way, others are always “out to get them” and every time they turn around they are facing another disaster. Now some people do have bad luck, however, it is how they approach those issues that will determine the outcomes and if they always visualize poor results, those self-fulfilling prophesies are bound to come true.

Considering both of those types of people, which one do you like to be around and which one would you like to be?
It is not actually so hard to adopt a positive attitude, if you commit to that mindset. It just takes focus, practice, and an effort to maintain forward looking strategies in whatever you do.  It means resolving problems as they occur, taking responsibility for your actions, managing your perception of situations, and if you feel that the issue cannot be solved in a satisfactory manner, choosing to “save yourself” and move on.

I find that people who are ‘interested’ in doing something, rarely do it. However, people who are committed to accomplishing something will find a way no matter what!  That is why they achieve their goals, get tasks accomplished that move them toward their objectives, and therefore experience success in their work, in their relationships, and generally in all aspects of their life.

You are the captain of your fate! And, the slogan, “if it is to be, it is up to me”, ought to be your credo!
No one else is going to take care of you and your problems, so you need to employ the right attitude toward resolving any difficulties you encounter…..take an action to solve it, consider how you contributed to the problem, what options you have now,  how you can avoid experiencing it again, and then move on.

People who continually revisit past mistakes without “fixing them”, constantly complain about how tough their life is, and never seem to move forward, are not much fun to be around. So make sure you are not one of those sorts of individuals.

Remember……..life is too short not to find ways to enjoy it as much as possible. So make sure you face yours with a positive, joyful, productive outlook and you will enjoy great happiness, a lot of fun, and much success, in all aspects of your life.