Ever try to take a family portrait? The kind with young kids and pets? It’s a practice in futility. Johnny is picking his nose. The dog lifts his leg on the couch. Aunt Denise looks like she’s sucking on a lemon….it can be rage-inducing after 100 attempts!
In your imagination your family portrait would look similar to the Kennedy’s on the beach, so perfect! Then why is it so darn difficult?
Countless facial expressions. Different sets of eyes. Frowns, smiles, grins. So many moving parts that could potentially be not quite right! Organizational culture is very similar to that portrait. So many unique personalities. New team members trying to fit in. Seasoned team members that don’t like change. The too tough supervisor. The leader that holds no one accountable.
Unlike the photo, with organizational culture we need the participants to hold that positive stance for longer than a millisecond shutter flash. We need our team members to embody our values for the long-term, not just when the supervisor is walking down the hall. And the stakes are much higher!
Some things just don’t hold up to change
If your culture is a mess and team members are not aligned in your values, any change (leadership, acquisition, procedural) will only emphasize the weakness in your organizational culture. It will only accentuate the disconnects.
Like capturing the eye roll your mother-in-law makes during the photo shoot.
Alignment. Synchronicity. Embodiment.
We see it and hear it ALL the time. “We started an initiative six months ago and poof! It fell apart.” The reason? Culture. We don’t have to tell you what a waste of time, money and resources all of these failures incur. But we do have to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way! (It’s our duty not to keep that secret to ourselves!)
Are You Ready to Say Cheese?
Before you embark on the next great idea in your organization, make sure your culture is ready to smile and say “cheese!” Make it sticky. Have it sustain. Don’t throw time and money down the drain like you have with every other initiative. How?
Measure your culture. This is the only way you can truly understand the disconnects and positives that exist within your culture. Then you can move on to alignment, synchronicity and embodiment. You need to understand your culture before making change. Period.
Anything less is like trying to get 4 kids, 2 dogs, and 10 adults all to look great on a windy day at the beach without photoshop. Ya feelin’ us?
Interested in learning how you can measure your culture and truly understand it’s disconnects and bright spots, contact us! We have a new offering at Drive that is just the thing you are looking for!