How Do You Create a High Performance Culture?
1. ANALYZE:Get a Clear Picture of Your Current and Desired Culture
First you need a clear picture of your current culture in terms of organizational health (the values and behavioral norms) and strategic alignment (the degree to which your culture helps or hinders strategy execution). Your culture inquiry should highlight the strengths to reinforce and the cultural weaknesses to shift that are preventing you from achieving organizational health and strategic excellence.
2. CURATE: Get Everyone on Board
Work with management and employees to explain what you are trying to do, why it must be done and ask for their suggestions on how a high performance culture can become the new way of life. Make sure you include discussions on needed systems adjustments, accountability tracking and reporting, and the reinforcement of desired behaviors.
Any culture transformation needs to be a company-wide effort in order to succeed. Leaders must be on board, and employees must be allowed to actively create the value and behaviors that they will be most proud of and willing to stand behind. Actively win over any naysayers or compassionately persuade them to move on. Establishing what RIGHT Looks like!
3. CREATE: Keep Everyone on Board
Culture shifts by their very nature occur slowly. To keep moving on the right path and maintain a positive momentum, you will need to communicate (and over communicate) the purpose and progress on a regular basis with the workforce. And you will need to recognize and reward the cultural behaviors that drive the strategy forward in a way that makes sense – over and over again.
The Bottom Line
Strategy (the What) and culture (the How) are inextricably linked. You can’t achieve your business goals if your culture gets in the way. Actively involve everyone to win over their hearts and minds. Is your corporate culture helping or hindering your business strategy?