• Woody

The Culture Code

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Day 393


Back in January, I heard somebody say something along the lines of this: If you have to talk about culture with your team or organization, you don't have it.

I couldn't disagree more.

Every team/organization has a culture. Some are good, some are bad, some are mediocre, some are toxic, and some transcend all of the rest.

The latter, the transcendent cultures of highly successful groups, were the subject of Daniel Coyle's marvelous book, The Culture Code.

If I were only allowed one takeaway, it would be this:

If you desire to develop a strong, sustainable, high performing, highly successful culture within your team/organization, you'd better be talking about it. All the time. Perpetually. Until it becomes "part of the oxygen" of the group.

Culture is a living organism. It must be nurtured. It must be fed regularly.

"Culture is a set of living relationships working toward a shared goal. It's not something you are. It's something you do."

You have to live it.

You have to breathe it.

You have to be it.

It has to be you.

High performing groups rely on a familial sense of belonging, built on a foundation of safety.

They rely on the sharing of vulnerabilities that starts with the group leader and trickles down to all levels of the group.

They rely on an unwavering sense of purpose; a shared, clear vision that keeps the ship pointed in the desired direction.

The culture you desire can be cultivated. Dead or broken cultures can be revived.

The Culture Code provides a clear framework of how the best cultures are built.

It's not easy, and it certainly isn't simple, but it is essential if you want your group to thrive together.

"Why do certain groups add up to be greater than the sum of their parts, while others add up to be less?"

That is the question.

If you want the answers, read the book.

Also, if you are so inclined, I really enjoyed his interview with Ryan Hawk on The Learning Leader Show. I even wrote about it here: 3 Key Elements of Exceptional Culture. There is a link to the interview in the post.



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