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Avoiding Workplace Drag: “Culture Trumps Strategy”

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Does your organization seem stagnant? Do you have a team with all the necessary skills but seem disenchanted and in need of a reboot? There is a way to get rid of the drag of invisible weight that is keeping your team from making the necessary decisions and commitment to reach new heights that a thriving organization must have to sustain and grow.

“All managers would like their teams to be more productive. Yet most companies are using the same old methods: strategic plans, goal-setting, streamlining operations, reducing inefficiency. Others are offering employee perks, such as on-site food, daycare, or gyms. Others are offering bigger bonuses or flexible schedules.”  Emma Seppala

Contrary to popular belief, Seppala reports that Kim Cameron and his colleagues at the University of Michigan discovered that adopting positive and virtuous practices such as caring, support, forgiveness, inspiration, meaningful work, and personal qualities such as respect, gratitude, trust & integrity were more effective at making positive, performance-enhancing, and thereby more lucrative changes in the workplace.

The research team found four main ways to increase positive practices in the workplace that increase productivity and consumer/client satisfaction:

  1.  Leadership: A leader who stands by and exemplify the values he preaches.
  2.  Culture: There must be changes in the workplace culture that support or help create the desire changes.  “Because culture trumps strategy in predicting performance, culture change initiatives are also important.”
  3.  Take small steps: Small sustainable and trackable changes can produce large effects and are more apt to be embraced.
  4. Retreats and workshops: A different space gives people a different mindset. Expectations differ in different settings. Well-designed retreats and workshops give employees time to think differently, to think more creatively, and contribute more productively.

Ultimately, employees have to embrace the needed changes that will carry over into their day-to day work experiences and work relationships. When these changes are built on trust and respect, you will have an effective team.  ~ Coach Liliy

Recap of Harvard Review article: Positive Teams Are More Productive by Emma Seppala