Organizations often think in terms of bottom line – red or black. But I think in terms of green. Green conjures up a lot of things for me. It’s a happy color that conveys growth and trust. It’s health and bounty, like the flourish of spring when conditions come together to bring nature back to life. Green is also symbolic of the time, energy and resources you have as an organization.
Every organization is a complex ecosystem that has a tipping point where it’s either healthy, strong and aligned to flourish or it’s bleeding green.
I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise to anyone that the triage to determine the problem and what measures are needed to stop the bleeding falls on leadership. That’s understood. But if your organization is flat-lining, what do you do?
The simple answer to that question is… if you’re bleeding green, something is out of alignment. To achieve flourish and a healthy ecosystem, organizations must strike a delicate balance of aligning the critical elements of culture, leadership and team. But sometimes, that’s easier said than done.
According to Andrea Huspeni and Jason Feifer in their March 2017 Entrepreneur article, The 153 Best Company Cultures in America (and What You Can Learn From Them), “Company cultures fail when a company doesn’t consciously focus on making it better. Good culture doesn’t just happen — or if it does, it’s fleeting and fragile. A truly strong one is nourished and grown, like any relationship.” Michael Eichenwald points out in his February 2017 article for CLOmedia, The Importance of Inspirational Leadership, that “most leaders struggle to inspire.” And Gallup found that a whopping 87 percent of employees are either disengaged or actively disengaged.
So, with all those challenges before you, how do you strike that balance, achieve alignment and flourish? In The 15 Best Companies Share Their Secrets, Entrepreneur and Culture IQ asked the leaders of the top-ranking companies from their list for their thoughts on the matter. Here’s a synopsis of what they said.
- Value everyone and bring everyone in
- Speak freely and openly
- Make work meaningful
- Hire thoughtfully … with an awareness of each person’s skills and fit with your culture
- Articulate your mission
- Know who you are and stay true to who you are by aligning words and actions
- Create a culture of vulnerability and trust that encourages risk-taking, new ideas and innovation
- Create a culture of clear and purposeful collaboration
Being recognized as having organizations that are flourishing, the wisdom of those top leaders is worth considering. Clearly, they’re doing something right. And I’ve seen first-hand how the RIGHT leaders sharing the RIGHT vision with the RIGHT team will bring the RIGHT results – EVERY time.
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