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Internal Culture

    Our society is one of instant gratification, noise, bells, whistles, lights, all simultaneously filling the areas around us.  Sometimes we need to stop and close off the external and seek our internal culture of peace, solitude, temperament to recenter ourselves from the external chaos. Recentering allows us to come in contact with our emotional intelligence.  This allows us to become self-aware which can then evolve to self-regulation.

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A Culture of being grateful

    Cultures evolve from simple aspects of life.  As a young boy, I can recall my parents and grandparents mantra of reminding me to say “Please” and “Thank you.” At the time it became a simple phrase as I was headed out the door to someone else home or event. That recurrence set in motion the cultivation of being grateful as part of my personal culture.  Originally I would say it to satisfy the request of my elders.  Now, I engage in being grateful as it is a means of pure respect for those who have crossed my path on my journey.

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What shapes Culture?

    We all come in various shapes, sizes, and diverse backgrounds. At our core, we all need some basic things – air to breath, water to drink, food to eat.  We additionally pursue – safety, security, and shelter.  These elements when present or absent contribute to the culture that rises from them.  The nudge in one direction or another.  When safety exists then one level of culture matures.  When security is absent then the void is filled with other cultural aspects to accommodate the missing element.

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The Culture of Belonging

    When you hear the word “Culture” you might think of travel to a distant destination and how different it might be.  You might think of the various foods eaten around the globe and how their culture is woven into that part of living. Maybe you think of the environment where you work and how it contributes to positive or negative results. Regardless of what comes to mind – take a moment to look at “Culture” from a place of belonging to “IT.”  It changes your perspective. It opens up many horizons from the physical to the emotional.

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Core Values need Core Principles

    You may have a belief – a value, but is it supported by the way you will live your life – the principle? You may value “Fairness” for example but what and how are you going to hold yourself to your internal law – the principle? Each of us has various beliefs, values, principles by which we live our lives.  We do all agree that there is not just one set of these which everyone must adopt.  Free will allows us a significate opportunity, responsibility and accountability to cultivate our own set of values, beliefs, and principles.  It is an awesome responsibility that we cannot take for granted.

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A meaningful “Purpose” drives engaging Culture

    Look around these days and see how impactful a meaningful purpose is in gluing together people for a cause. This energy brings people not only into a common space but into a common attitude. People socialize with people like themselves.  People who share common interests and likes. Why then would you not want a culture where you work that provides this same glue of sharing in common purpose?

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What is your real business “Purpose”

    As you think about the culture of your business you MUST start with knowing and embracing your “Purpose.” When asking business owners the purpose of their business, I will typically get the answer – “We are in business to make money.” Although I can’t argue that making money is a worthwhile objective it is actually a result and not a purpose. To explore your real “Purpose” you must discover the “Why” of yourself and your business. Simon Sinek and his team drive home the basis of “WHY.”  Without your “Purpose” you are adrift on a vast sea without sight of land.

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How are you contributing to your company culture?

    Take a moment to step back and look at how you are contributing to either the positive or negative aspects of your business culture. What can you do to reframe this contribution to either reduce the negative impact or take the positive to a new better level?

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Thinking about Culture – How does Culture form?

    In our society, culture is formed over the years from ideas, behaviors, various customs and traditions. In our businesses, the culture is formed by leaders values, industry trends, goals, environmental factors and sometimes assumptions whether true or valid. As culture is created, it can be reshaped and aligned with changes to the ingredients from which it was started or has morphed into. Defining your desired culture and then making the “Promise” to infuse it with energy is key to the future of growing your business and attracting the best talent in the marketplace.

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Thoughts About Culture

    In your personal life and in business we must stop and ponder what is really going on around us.  The choices we make for ourselves? The impact of choices made on our behalf? The world of diverse input causes our culture to ebb and flow.  Taking time to appreciate this gentle movement and sometimes violent movement allows us to best understand the ramification of our participation or lack thereof.

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Random thoughts about how culture impacts our lives