3 Tips for Improving Your Culture Change IQ

Culture is the hot business topic of the moment. And, culture change can feel like a complex topic. Truthfully, in many cases it is: There is no shortcut to the work of reshaping habits (in life, or at work.) When that involves dozens, hundreds, or thousands of people, it requires strong leadership, laser-clarity about the desired behaviors, and a strong communication plan.

Building your Culture IQ is a great place to begin: Implementing simple methods to get started and leverage your company culture to foster high performance.

This short video by Lisa Jackson of Corporate Culture Pros discusses 3 tried and true principles that will improve clarity and energy on your team, and raise your Culture IQ.

Script from Video: (for those who read more than you watch). 

Last year Merriam Webster’s dictionary stated that ”culture” was the most popular word of the year.

How did that happen?

Maybe it’s the accelerating pace of change. The transforming competitive landscape, due to global economy. 4 generations in the workplace.

Whatever the cause, culture is at the forefront of every business conversation today. We need to elevate our culture IQ … to foster new ways of working and thinking that sustain high performance and growth.

Hi I’m Lisa Jackson, Principal, Founder of Corporate Culture Pros. My mission is to help leaders demystify culture and build it as a profit center for their business … one that unleashes high-performing teamwork and sustainable growth.

Today, I’d like to share with you, 3 essential elements of a high Culture IQ:

First, does everyone in your organization feel inspired by your mission?

In companies and teams where they do, performance skyrockets.

If all your people cannot state, in 10 words or less, WHY you exist and WHAT is your Vision … in a way that is compelling and exciting to them … you’re missing an opportunity to raise your Culture IQ.

Second, does everyone know what winning looks like in your company?

Or on the team?

Do you have a scoreboard that everyone can see – so they have line of sight to how their performance connects to the organiztion’s performance?

Today’s up-and-coming leaders are motivated meaningful work more than anything else –that means they want to see how their part contributes to the whole AND make a difference.

They will choose companies that invest in that effort and communication.

Tap into the IQ factor of a Winning Story and Scoreboard and turbo-boost your Culture IQ.

Third, does your company or team embrace change?

Do you have change leaders in key roles who know the skills of how to foster high energy and buy-in, in the face of change?

Constant change and its accelerating pace is a fact of life. Too often in an organization, change is led in ways that deflate people and create burnout.

The skills needed by team leaders and managers are different than 10 years ago.

Take a few minutes to jot down your personal beliefs and assumptions about change. If you are the top leader, there’s a good chance the organization is reflecting those beliefs, somehow.

There you have it: 3 simple methods which, if put into practice, will increase the interest and conversation about culture in your organization.

Which is always a good thing.

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