Building A Winning Culture
The skill and experience needed to build an organization with a winning mentality and culture is one of the greatest challenges facing any Executive, particularly when you are also faced with balancing the growth of profit and the business against on the field success. Getting this balance right is arguably one of the most difficult feats, but the rewards of getting it right are extraordinary.
Having spoken with a range of Executives across the globe who have been able to reach this pinnacle, there were 7 reoccurring themes that continued to come up as reasons to ‘how did you build a winning culture?’.
- Create a vision
A vision inspires action, and actions create results. A powerful vision pulls in people, resources and creates teams with energy to make it happen. It inspires the commitment and dedication needed to be at the top of your game every day, and to achieve goals.
Create a vision that people feel a part of, and something they want to be a part of. ‘Telling a vision’ is different to ‘creating a vision’. The difference between ‘telling’ and ‘creating’ is the difference!
- Always learn from the past, good or bad;
We all have experiences from which we can draw valuable lessons, and the lessons never stop. The most successful executives create a winning culture by constantly examine their own world and the world around them. What worked in previous cultures? What didn’t? Similarly, if you’re a seasoned Executive, think about the cultures you already created. What cultivated success? Applying previous successes/failures to today ensures for a successful tomorrow.
- Align culture with YOUR core values;
This is your team, your business, your organisation and you’re driving it; but you can’t do it all which is why you need a team pulling in the same direction. Aligning this team with YOUR own core values will establish a connection that drives it in the way you want without having to be responsible for every detail.
- Hire people who complement you, not replicate you;
Finding and attracting talented individuals who compliment your own abilities is a true way of creating a group of individuals with a ‘holistic skill set’ to become a team that is constantly be pushing to be better. We as humans naturally hire in our own image, rather than looking at our own strengths and weaknesses and then filling the gaps to create an all-round skill set that can offer a different perspective you may not have thought about, but could be innovation you need to go to the next level.
Are you a risk taker? Consider hiring a number two who is naturally more conservative to complement you. Are you a constant innovator? Hire someone who is good with ‘the numbers’ to keep budgets in check.
The relationship between effective communication and high performing cultures is there every single time, and always starts at the top. Communication is one of the utmost essential attributes to any Leader and building this into your culture through processes, systems and the way you communicate actions or plans is essential.
People want to know their opinions can be heard, and that ideas to push the organisation forward are welcomed. They also want to know; What is expected from me? How does what I do effect other parts of the organisation?
- Have fun
As simple as it sounds, fun in a organisations culture is something that is easily forgotten but goes along way. ‘Fun’ looks different for every business. A start up can get away with more than a 100 year old corporate institution, but allowing people to have fun within the culture will create an environment where going ‘above & beyond’ never needs to be asked.
Creating a winning culture is not something that is put in place for one day and will stay forever. It takes work, time, effort, innovation and it’s a never ending journey. A winning culture today may look like the norm in 6 months’ time. Constant culture evaluation is a must to build a winning culture that will last! Some of the greatest teams and organisations have also been the ones who constantly evolve with the changes in time.