If there’s one thing that today’s leaders understand it’s that you can’t impose a culture on the workplace. No leader can dictate the way the people and the organisation work together. Instead, they need to grow and nurture the culture they want to see flourish in the organisation.
So how do they do that?
Set the scene
We have previously spoken about why reward and punishment doesn’t work when you want to bring about change. Instead we need to activate the part of the brain which makes decisions and helps us think about our actions. To do that we need to set the scene. People need to be able to visualise the scene and experience the change before it happens. Set the scene that you want to reach and together you can analyse what’s happening, how and why.
Write the script
The way you communicate about change has a big impact on whether or not it will be successful. The more you listen to your team members, the more you will understand about what is going on in their minds, and the more easily you will be able to guide them towards change. The more you speak with your people, the more you will develop a common language and expectation. Remember, the fear of being left behind is greater than the fear of change. They will want to come with you and the rest of the team.
Run the rehearsals.
Set the example for the culture you want to create. Modelling the behaviour works because, when you are a great leader, everyone wants to do what you do. Create opportunities for your team to “rehearse” and become used to the new way of doing things. . Remember every repetition rewires our brains into new patterns of thought and behaviour.
Are you trying to create a specific culture in your organisation? LeadershipHQ worked with a leading government organisation this year and we partnered with the Executive Leadership team to create such a culture. It was fantastic to see the turnaround after a few months. We did an analysis of the current state using one of our leading Organisational Cultural Tools, then worked closely with the leaders within the business to create and implement a culture and strategy. It had to be meaningful and high impact for THEM; they had to OWN it, DRIVE it and MODEL it. And it ROCKED! We love our work and these stories, because culture and leadership truly matter.
Try these suggestions and let me know how they work for you.
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Sonia McDonald believes we should lead with kindness, from the heart, doing rather than telling and is known for her mantra ‘Just lead’. She leads by example in all these areas and through her one on one practical coaching, leadership training for teams and organisations encourages others to do the same. Sonia has helped hundreds of people on their leadership journey to become the best version of themselves and in turn, inspire and bring out the best in others.
For more than 25 years, Sonia has been on the front lines of HR. She has held leadership positions worldwide and through experience, research and study come to realise what it takes to be a truly great leader.
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