Using Culture To Discover What Your People Need For Success


Using Culture To Discover What Your 

People Need For Success



Using Culture To Discover What Your People Need For Success


“Our passion should be the foundation for our giving. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.
 
It’s only natural that we will care about this and not so much about that, and that’s OK.
 
It should not be simply a matter of choosing the right thing, but also a matter of choosing what is right for us.”
 

💁💁 SUCCESS: New normals shift values. New values shift cultures. Culture shifts shift behaviors, attitudes and actions.



Using Culture To Discover What Your People Need For Success


We see it today in the world of business. Listen to what leaders are saying. Read what they’re writing. The culture of business is shifting.


Concern for employee wellness is rising, rocketing up into the skies of our attention faster and more powerfully than a heavy load lift-off of a SpaceX Crew Dragon rocket. 


The thrust of employee wellness is fueled by increasing worker anxiety and symptoms of disconnection and isolation.


Using Culture To Discover What Your People Need For Success


We’ve known about these mental health factors in the workplace for decades, and we’ve hidden them for just as long.


SUCCESS: We’ve always known what we’ve always ignored: 


💁Unhappy workers create unhappy customers and profits.


Using Culture To Discover What Your People Need For Success



Recent MetLife research released in April states that 65% of workers say they don’t feel their employers offer benefits or programs that help support or improve their mental well-being.


Even before heath conditions warped our world, Gallup reported 55% of Americans were stressed during the day. 


The American Institute of Stress reported that 83% of workers suffered from work-related stress, and only 43% of employees thought their employers cared about their work-life balance. 


And that was before the world really got crazy.


Using Culture To Discover What Your People Need For Success


Sure, there’s illness and stress in the air, but there’s a lot of well-being love in the air, too.


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When bosses show real concern for workers, it feels euphoric. The good vibes feel good, like the peace-love, flower-power, glory days ......👋👋👋


With current devotion to employee feelings, building trust and personalizing work, leadership speak speaks warmly, like the inside of a candle-scented greeting card superstore.


💨💨 But will you as a leader give your people the workplace well-being they’re looking for?


Using Culture To Discover What Your People Need For Success


What’s mostly being talked about is the importance of shifting workforces, downsizing floor space and employing strategic response teams, rather than valuing individual performers.


 This corporate-speak language objectifies us as products of production rather than personalizing us as unique value contributors.



Using Culture To Discover What Your People Need For Success


Flowery HR speak about growing employee hope, performance resilience and agility sounds really groovy, man.


 Listen more closely, though, and you’ll find the flowery words quickly shrivel up and dry out hope. 

The scented values expressed are initiative-forward but not people-first.


On the other side of the interpersonal spectrum, thought leaders call for worker relationships to become more personal than professional — a big mistake!



Using Culture To Discover What Your People Need For Success



Producers don’t need their leaders to be their friend. They have friends.

If workers are new to their jobs and enthusiastic beginners, they want direction. 


If they’re in over their heads and disillusioned, they want to see supportive and directive behaviors.


 When they’ve gaining capability but are cautious, they need inclusive behaviors and frequent check-ins. 


When expertise is reliable, autonomy and fresh challenges are needed. 


Using Culture To Discover What Your People Need For Success


No one wants to be undermanaged or micromanaged when it’s not called for.

💁💁 Committed, confident workers don’t want busywork; they want relevant work. 

They’re looking for value opportunities that yield richer responsibility and recognition.

Ask your people what they want. They’ll tell you, if they feel safe to.☺☺


Using Culture To Discover What Your People Need For Success



Producers want to share their business intelligence. They know more than you think. 

They also know that for the most part, there’s not much boss interest for partnering the way they want to!


At this point, ask yourself this question: Are your people more interested in having a voice in decision making or being told to act on what’s already been decided without them?


Smart leaders understand that well-intentioned, organized and administered wellness programs alone may appease board members but won’t satisfy individual worker concerns.


Now try answering these two questions:


1. You know the goals for your teams; do you know your people’s personal career goals?

2. When have you last met one-on-one with each of your people to align their personal goals with company goals?

Your people want their individuality to be recognized and their talent acknowledged.


Using Culture To Discover What Your People Need For Success


As leaders of teams, project initiatives or organizational units, we may think we know who the drivers, promoters, supporters and analyzers are, but it would be a mistake to assume we have it right. 

We may generally know what we think our workforce behavioral portrait looks like, but what we don't know is how that picture will shift as goals, tasks and challenges shift.

Another thing we don't know is who’s who, inside the picture. 

We know the flat, cardboard-cutout versions of people: their roles, accountabilities, goals and progress. 

We know them for what they do, not for who they are. We know the values inside our spreadsheets better than hidden talent values inside those we rely on for success.



Using Culture To Discover What Your People Need For Success


Empathetic leaders see their people intrinsically as unique personalities, not just objects of performance production. 


They recognize individual motivational drivers.


This question set can help you think through next steps:


• Do your people believe their concerns are being addressed?

• How do you know what you think you know about what they believe?

• Do your people feel safe telling you what they really need?

• Are you creating safe environments where your people can express their real concerns?

• Do your people recognize and appreciate your efforts?

• How well do you recognize theirs?

• What do work stress levels look like, and how do you know you’re seeing that accurately?

• How aligned is your culture with today’s new demands and standards?

New normals shift values. Culture reflects values.


Using Culture To Discover What Your People Need For Success



If your culture could speak to you, what would it tell you?

 What would it say your people need as their ideal work environment today and tomorrow?

Forward-thinking and acting leaders are fast shifting their company cultures to better serve their people’s real needs....👍👍


When you have clearly defined goals and purpose, you’re able to be successful and help others achieve the same success for themselves.

You’ll also find that you’re most happy and well on your way to doing even bigger things than you may have imagined.


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