Like habits – Culture does not change just because you think about it

Habits are hard to change.  Some say you can change your habits in 21 days. Well in my experience, 21 days is just a good start. There are so many opportunities to go back to prior routines.  Those routines which you became dependent on to navigate each and every day.  The same is true for changing the culture of a business.  Those daily routines which have existed for years fight against cultural change.  Doing things the same way has some comfort in it.  As you look at moving your organization to a new next level or success, plan your cultural change. Beware it will take more than a great speech and a few days of rah-rah efforts.  It will take a long dragged out full battle to move from past cultural routines to new ones.