020: How to Develop an Effective Culture

by Joe Sherwood on January 17, 2013

How to Develop an Effective Culture. Photo courtesy of BigStock (Yuri_Arcurs).

In this episode, Jesse and Marty answer an important question from a listener. “I’ve heard what thought leaders like Jim Collins and Patrick Lencioni have to say,” Steve asks, “but it just seems like theory when I think about how to apply it to our team. What practical things can we do today to develop our culture?”

Whether you own a small business like Steve, lead of a department within a large organization, or even lead a family or group of volunteers, it comes down to a small team of people who are closest to you. The ball is in your court to develop a culture intentionally rather than let it emerge haphazardly.  Jesse and Marty discuss four practical actions that you can take to build an effective culture for your team:

  1. Clarify what your top values are.
  2. Tell a story that illustrates a value.
  3. Look for opportunities to share feedback that reinforces a value.
  4. Match actions to words.

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

Book:  Making Character First  by Tom Hill

Leadership tips from executive coach Tom Henschel:

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