Some think it's "fluff" while others think it is "done because it's on a wallet card" possessed by every employee. Yet culture is the tool that leaders use to inspire and align. When your people are aligned, they stay agile and focused, making decisions effectively. It's time to start thinking differently about the power and control your culture has over your business and its future!

Imagine your organization as the human body. In your organization, culture is what gets the body's heart racing, the blood pumping and the rest of the body functioning in top condition. Every organization has a culture. The question is whether that culture is healthy or not.

Fact: Leaders are at the center of a healthy or dysfunctional culture.

A healthy culture is built on four primary components. It aligns an organization’s vision, mission, values and brand promise (value proposition) with its strategies, personality (client experience) and product execution; ultimately helping team members do the right thing(s). Together, these components shape your organization’s higher purpose as this becomes your heartbeat.

A healthy culture synergizes your people and engages them to act in service of your strategy, goals and higher purpose. It establishes clarity around what matters most and is the foundation to a high performance team. A dysfunctional culture is like a weak and unhealthy heart. It is sluggish and is the cause of many complications and setbacks.

Fact: Leaders are the voice of your culture through the actions they take.

It is your leadership team that brings your culture to life and inspires "believers." Leaders shine the light so individuals feel energized and engaged, regardless of the challenges and setbacks ahead. Helping your people connect the work they do with the contribution – and ultimately the impact – is part of the leader's job.

The Lesson: Every organization has a culture and its effectiveness is a direct reflection of its leaders and their alignment. Culture is not "fluffy." It is your organization’s heart and soul. It has to be nurtured, valued and fanatically demonstrated. And like the body, if the heart is not healthy, the odds of high performance, true enjoyment and overall sustainability are unlikely.

Stay healthy,
Renie