Culture Cast – The Important Process of Finding Your ‘Why’

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In season 3, episode 18, Lorne and Lynette discuss the process of finding your “why.”

After talking about rooting on the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals, they approach the topic of people finding their “why.” It can be complicated and confusing, however it’s an important thing to be clear about.

Do you think you’re properly communicating your “why” and purpose for your teams at work?

All that and more in this episode of Culture Cast.

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Lynette Turner is available on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn as well as through her site, LynetteTurner.com.

We look forward to sharing Season 3 of Culture Cast: Conversations on Culture and Leadership with you every Wednesday.

The Culture Journey Continues: Firing up a Signal Flare

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At key times during the culture and disruption initiative I’m leading, I’m going to share the strategy, tactics, pivots, etc. with our followers so we all might learn together. It will be authentic, messy and hopefully instructive. Please join us with the overall objective of inspiring a movement to create even greater workplaces and organization cultures. Everyone has the right to thrive in a great workplace. Each of us has an obligation to make it so.

Challenge: Cultural transformations, by their nature, are a long term play. Milestones are met in continuous, iterative ways over the years. Is there a way to send a quick flare or signal about what the evolving culture may look and feel like to get people excited about the journey? My team’s strategy is to engage the entire community in understanding the WHY, and co-creating the WHAT and HOW along the way, using my 10 elements of adaptive cultures as a guide. Once the organization starts building momentum, it becomes very gratifying to see the movement drive results almost on its own. However, I like to fire an early signal.

What I Did: As any new person usually does, I’ve spent the early weeks listening and watching. During conversations with people from various places in the organization, one frustrating process kept coming up. For one reason or another, people unanimously hated the process. For confidential reasons, I won’t say what it was. I have a very small team and by intention, the only way to really get stuff done is to partner. So I went to the leader of that process and asked her to consider changing it. With very thoughtful and swift action, SHE did. What courage! My understanding is that the response from the organization was overwhelmingly positive (someone even sent her flowers for taking the action). She and her team deserve all the credit and we collectively just sent up a flare! We are listening!  Sometimes it’s what you do that sends a signal, other times it’s what you stop!

Think Big, Start Small, Act Now.

Lorne

One Millennial View: I love the fact that I’ll likely never open up a Microsoft Word document ever again. I was just discussing with a friend how they were operating in Excel on a joint project with a co-worker and they had to copy and paste each other’s work into their individual spreadsheets because the organization didn’t use Google Sheets, which would allow both of them to work on the same spreadsheet simultaneously. If you want to pay your workers to spend the hours doing backwards busy work, that’s your choice, but it’s not the best path. Fire up that signal.

– Garrett

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Hot Topic Friday: May 31

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Happy Friday! Here are my May 31 Hot Topics and how they relate to advancing leadership or culture.

Hot Topic 1: ‘Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington Seeks Therapy.

Source: Page Six.

What it’s About: Kit Harington, best known for playing Jon Snow in HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones,” spent time recovering from exhaustion and alcohol use at a rehab retreat in Connecticut. There was no spin or hiding the story. The actor was very transparent and proud of his decision to get help.

Why it’s Important: There is still too much negative stigma attached to declaring the need for mental wellness help. This is starting to change based on the courage of public figures like Harington, and radio personality Howard Stern, personally emphasizing the need and benefit of therapy. Mental health is perhaps the most important wellness issue of our time, and frankly, many of us need help. Our self-awareness and ability to confidently ask for it will move each of us forward.

Hot Topic 2: Mental Health: Truth is Lots of Us Need Help.

Source: Forbes.

What it’s About: To get a better sense of workplace mental health and stigma, 1,500 individuals were surveyed online between March and April, 2019. Nearly 60 percent of respondents experienced symptoms of a mental health condition in the past year. Half of those lasted from one month to the entire year. The most common symptoms were related to anxiety (37 percent), depression (32 percent), and eating disorders (26 percent). Perhaps even more surprising is that mental health symptoms were equally prevalent across all levels of seniority within companies, from individual contributors to the c-suite.

Why it’s Important: We have to make it acceptable and necessary to recognize when we are personally experiencing mental health issues. This includes more self-awareness. From drinking too much alcohol, eating disorders to depression, most of us can benefit from serious, competent therapy. Organizations need to lead the way with support services and leadership from and for top execs. That takes courage.

My Weekly Wine Recommendation (Thanks to Vivino):

Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley 2015

[Picture and ratings provided by Vivino.]

And finally! Here’s Cecil’s Bleat of the Week!

Do what you are scared to do and watch your confidence grow.” – Grant Cardone

Bye for now!

– Lorne Rubis

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Culture Cast – Personal Branding as a Thought Leader

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In season 3, episode 17, Lorne and Lynette discuss the process of becoming a thought leader, personal branding, and the strategies trying to get out there.

It’s no secret that personal branding and growing socially is hard work and there’s no easy path. Here’s how Lorne and Lynette are navigating this tricky issue, and what they’ve learned so far through the process.

Please feel free to subscribe to this YouTube channel, follow this podcast on Soundcloud, as well as iTunes, and Lorne and Lynette’s social media platforms for all the latest Culture Cast uploads and announcements.

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Lynette Turner is available on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn as well as through her site, LynetteTurner.com.

We look forward to sharing Season 3 of Culture Cast: Conversations on Culture and Leadership with you every Wednesday.

The Culture Journey Continues: 10x and Massive Action

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At key times during the culture and disruption initiative I’m leading, I’m going to share the strategy, tactics, pivots, etc. with our followers so we all might learn together. It will be authentic, messy and hopefully instructive. Please join us with the overall objective of inspiring a movement to create even greater workplaces and organization cultures. Everyone has the right to thrive in a great workplace. Each of us has an obligation to make it so.

The Challenge: How does one set the direction and desired outcome when driving a culture and transformation shift? My experience is that the bigger risk is to set the bar too low. It drives benchmarking and a 10 percent better mindset. That’s cool, but honestly, so what? Frankly, I hate being slightly better on “sameness.” That’s playing not to lose versus playing to win. When you ask yourself how we might be 10x greater, that’s when it becomes interesting, and hopefully both inspirational and aspirational. It’s a little tacky that my team gets to find out about my strategic intention and direction through my blog, yet I think they’re getting the idea, and I can see them becoming fired up to THINK BIG.

What I’m Going to Do:

  1. Share 10x thinking with my team, the culture champions (see last blog), executive leadership community, then the rest of the organization.
  2. Start to outline and declare what 10x aspiration goals look, feel, smell and taste like, including quantitative milestones.
  3. Begin to engage the entire community in determining and outlining the massive action required to achieve 10x performance. It cannot be business as usual, and it requires a open/growth mindset by all. Everyone, starting with me, has to change themselves first before the institution transforms. Often it will feel chaotic and frustrating. However, culture transformation is a systemic process. It may feel random depending on where one is standing. I assure you it’s not.  
  4. If we just do what all the other colleges do and slightly better, then pfft, who cares?

Think Big, Start Small, Act Now.

– Lorne

One Millennial View: “10x” transformations seem like a tall order, and I could see how the aspiration could seem daunting or perhaps impossible to some. To make it work, you need to be in the company of those willing to adapt and acquire the open/growth mindset necessary for 10x to actually become a reality. I look forward to hearing more about how it starts to progress.

– Garrett

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Lead In With Lorne – Your Rituals at Work are Important

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Welcome to another Lead in With Lorne. This week we’re discussing the importance of rituals at work, and how they make an impact on your organization.

What rituals do you practice at work?

Enjoy it on the YouTube video embedded below, or audio listeners can hear it on SoundCloud now too. We hope it enriches your Monday!

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