Five Culture-Improving (But Unrelated) Articles

How proud are you of the long hours you work? The answer may determine the success of your organization’s culture.

I’m guilty. I take pride in completing lots of tasks and working longer than the next guy. When I’m feeling this way, it’s usually because I’m trying to justify my value: “Look at all I accomplished. And at least I’m working harder than others!”

But a wise woman once told me, “You’re a human being, not a human doing.” All those completed tasks and hours worked? There are two problems with them:

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Me at a 2005 conference, proving I don’t always work hard.

  1. They put my focus on “doing” instead of “being.” My relationships with God, family and anybody else suffers.
  2. In a practical sense, I focus on quantity over quality. I may be completing tasks and working lots of hours … but it isn’t my best, most effective work.

Martyr Capitalism

Two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs call this approach “martyr capitalism.” And there is a real danger in leadership trickling down this culture to the rest of the organization. In the linked article, the entrepreneurs give some practical advice on how to ensure your employees have a life outside of work.

Besides ensuring your culture emphasizes quality over just quantity, why bother ensuring employees have a life outside of work? Because if you don’t, you may be sowing the seeds for business failure. And costing yourself tons in workplace stress-related healthcare expense.

Taking Culture Deeper

So if you are ready to move to the next stage beyond personally caring about your people: Here are five things employees are unhappy about. (Cheery, huh?) I’m a big fan of checklists that give you a quick way to run through possible roadblocks to things like employee performance. This checklist is a great one.

So where do you start? Ready to go deeper with that checklist? Three out of four managers are not good at feedback … because it makes them uncomfortable. The article includes a list of things to do to improve your feedback.

Get Back Up

And in case you are finding any of this, or anything in your life, overwhelming, please remember: Buster Douglas got back up.

I hope that inspires you to keep at this. I’ve learned that God has put me on this earth to help people have tough conversations. Hip Socket’s motto: Wrestle and grow. If you are ready to have some of these uncomfortable conversations to help your culture grow, I’m here to help. Contact me for a free discovery session.