A New Year’s Resolution to Improve Your Business Culture in 2013

January 3 2013, By , No Comments

Improve Your Business Culture in 2013 with the Following Business Principles….

Albert Einstein defined insanity as, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Because the New Year is traditionally a great time to resolve to do something new, better, or different – I have compiled a list of 12 suggested improvements for your business culture, one for each month of 2013.  Any individual, team, or organization can resolve to apply them in order to stop the insanity and begin to create the future they really want.

Does your business culture allow the same mistakes to occur again and again?  Is confusion the norm and success fleeting?  Whether these or any other combination of unwanted cultural deficiencies are stifling  your success – take a look at the following useful principles that I harvested from my 2012 articles – they might be worth a New Year’s resolution to infuse these cultural changes that will make a positive difference in 2013.

  1. Team leaders must be aware that the culture of any team must embrace a common cause that inspires the proper desire, which should be rooted to its reason for being.   This can be achieved with the careful consideration and implementation of mission, vision, and values.   Because without a mission people will create their own agendas, without vision there is no destination, and without values to hold each other accountable – there is only chaos
  2. When your people see their work as a fulfillment of who they are, and believe that it is in their best interest to do it well, they want to be more accountable and productive.  With the right culture in place, doing one’s best… is what’s in it for them.
  3. Everyone wants to feel appreciated.  When individuals, teams, and entire organizations learn to give sincere appreciation – the appreciation that returns comes in the way of a positive workplace, a motivated workforce, and a greater success for all.
  4. Defining success for the crisis at hand ensures that your team will always be able to prioritize the problems and limit the damage.   The quicker the crisis is “knocked down” the quicker everyone can get back to the routine of defining success… one opportunity at a time.
  5. Trusted leadership is a learned skill.  Much like doctors practicing medicine and lawyers practicing law, trusted leaders should be practicing trusted leadership.    As you improve, your performance can be measured by the way you influence others – especially when you aren’t looking.
  6. Take the time to infuse crisis management, leadership and success principles into your culture.  Then when a crisis occurs, you will have confidence that your team of capable “business firefighters” will respond – in much the same way as you would – by getting the right things done, for the right reasons, and at the right time.
  7. The next time you are confronted with a huge challenge and everyone is looking at you to make a decision – always begin with the two questions that must first be answered:  1. What is the situation?  2. What resources are available? Done consistently, your decisions will have added valued… and so will you.
  8. Leaders have the power to create a culture where everyone is expected to ensure that their message has been heard and understood,  and where everyone is also expected to ask, “What are we trying to do, and why are we trying to do it?” As a messenger we should all invite, and be able to answer, these two very important questions.
  9. It doesn’t matter what the goal is, or what you call it.  Whether small and simple or big and complex, goal setting is a powerful process that turns your vision of success into reality.
  10. Teamwork is the culmination of each individual participating as a committed member of the team.  When people come together to work in such a way – the multiplying force of synergy will consistently produce the best outcome possible.   With the right attitude your team will become a high performance team, and successfully go the distance –because — they go together.
  11. It doesn’t matter what business you’re in or what your workforce requirements are, your organization’s success is dependent upon your people and how far their comfort zones can be stretched.  Beware, when you ignite a culture of trust, encouragement and opportunity – one of the comfort zones being stretched just might be your own!
  12. Leadership continues to be defined in a variety of ways.  However, the leadership definition that counts is the one where people are influenced to follow, finding inspiration from the meaning and fulfillment of purpose.  Simply put, those who project influence, inspiration, and purpose… have learned to lead… this is leadership.

Wishing you a safe, healthy, and prosperous New Year!


About the Author:

Tom Pandola is a Leadership Trainer and Consultant delivering real word leadership principles to individuals, business teams and organizations. After 25 years with the LAFD and serving as a captain and battalion chief, Tom moved on to business leadership positions and discovered how the same principles that allowed him to successfully lead others to navigate the dangers and challenges of firefighting and rescue operations, also produces success in everyday business.

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