Ever stop and just look and listen to what is going on around you? The noise, the drama, the distractions are so voluminous that somedays we cannot even find the silence necessary to see or hear truth and meaning. Today take a moment to go into the silence and discover something wonderful about yourself.
The JKL Associates Promise Culture model starts with “Purpose” at the center of the primary foundational elements of business and personal growth and success. From this central point all other aspects of growth and success emanate. In concert with purpose having both personal and business core values give the framework and guidance for all consistent communincation, transactions and decision-making efforts.
Every day we all make a variety of commitments – to pick up dinner on the way home from the office, to attend your child’s sporting event etc. On some occasions we make promises such as marriage vows or a vow to another individual requiring a more immersed level of binding oneself to another. Our current culture has wandered away from holding people accountable to both commitments and promises allowing for vagueness to distort these critical aspects of living in a productive culture.
If you take some time to listen to business leaders talk about their journey of business startup through growth and success, somewhere in their story they will inevitably state that they finally had to stop holding onto everything and let their team perform. It is likely stated in a variety of ways but in one form or another the leader had to stop fearing and start trusting.
Like any good structure, the culture we live in is built upon a solid foundation and then is erected brick by brick. If the base foundation is formed on good principles, then each brick laid on top of the good foundation will erect a good culture. On the other hand, if the brick building is placed on top of poor principles, then the structure which is formed is jaded and will cause much hurt to those who exist inside of the culture.
Everyone is familiar with the term Job Description. It is that document which spells out the details of the tasks to be performed, the skills to perform those tasks and a variety of other elements to frame the job for the person filling the position. A challenge with a job description is that many that I read fall short in terms of defining for the person in the role exactly how their participation contributes to the organization. It is like the job description builds a box around the person and holds them to the confines of the box rather than inviting them into contributing to the organization’s future.
Each day regardless of what you do or where you hang out you are exposed to statements of this person or that individual being treated in a way that is dehumanizing. This challenge of disrespecting others is causing the gradual decay of our society and culture. Each of us have the responsibility to stop this from consuming our world around us. It first starts with respecting ourselves and then giving respect to each other in all situations.
As we launch into the second half of 2021, hopefully your organization has begun to find a new framework for moving forward. Some of the changes which caused pivots in the way we conducted business in 2020 will remain and still others will return to their previously executed way of being conducted. With 6 months of transactions under our belt, we can now take the time to evaluate what is working better and what may need our attention to pivot again to improve, innovate or just tweak to make it better.
Noise is all around us. Whether it be the physical rhythms of the bustling street to the digital blur of your smartphone, these is a never-ending stream of noise pushing in on our culture. All this noise is grabbing bits and pieces of our attention and manipulating it down one path or another. To find our best culture we need to take a break from the noise and let our mental and emotional inner being rest so that it can shine real light on being our best selves.
As we approach the 4th of July, let us all take a few minutes to ask ourselves the important question – what can I do to contribute to uniting our nation for the betterment of all humankind? Our forefathers left their homeland and sailed across the ocean with dreams of a better community to live in, to raise their families in, and to pass on to future generations. As we look at our nation during this holiday, let us ask ourselves how we can pass on a nation which we are immensely proud of to our future generations.