Posted on : March 8, 2017
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Category : Innovation
What are the most important drivers of culture — the things that, if done well, have an out-sized positive impact (and if done badly, have the reverse effect)? Adam Bryant shares key tactics for success.
- It’s About the Team: Respect is just part of the equation; performance and accountability also matter. For any company to operate at a high level, people have to play their positions.
- A Little Respect: Create a culture of respect, because people will shut down on the job and simply go through the motions if there is a culture of fear.
- Rules of the Road: When developed and enacted in a thoughtful way, guidelines for behavior can help employees concentrate on the work at hand, rather than on navigating the stressful politics that arise when all sorts of bad behaviors are tolerated.
- A Simple Plan: One of a leader’s most important roles is to boil down an organization’s many priorities and strategies into a simple plan, so that employees can remember it, internalize it and act on it. With clear goals and metrics, everyone can pull in the same direction, knowing how their work contributes to those goals.
- Be Nimble: All leaders and managers face this challenge, regardless of the size of their companies. Even the founders of Google have worried about losing the magic that helped propel their search engine’s phenomenal growth. “One of the primary goals I have,”(Larry Page said), “is to get Google to be a big company that has the nimbleness and soul and passion and speed of a start-up.”