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The New Mask of Culture

The past weeks have seen the many faces of culture spread across the TV screens as the pandemic engulfed the world. As we look beyond the face and pier into the eyes of these faces we start to uncover the real person.  The one behind the color of skin, the gender, the ethnicity, in other words – the true spiritual person who is actually the genuine creation made to contribute to a better earthly experience.

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A time of Culture Change of Direction

Our current state of pandemic is causing some changes in our culture that hopefully will remain long after the virus has been stricken down.  Things like: the caring for others, the authentic respect for life, the reaching out to family, friends, loved ones and people who we have lost touch with and checking in on them. Just maybe this pandemic is by design a wake up call to declutter the noise of our present culture. Causing each of us to refocus on what is really important in our daily lives. Bringing organization and meaning of our core values to the forefront so we use them as our compass moving forward.

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Don’t be fooled by the appearance of good culture

There is lots of discussion about what is the right or best culture in a business or organization. What is the ideal environment to attract and retain the best people for the company? Lots of organizations put on a pretty good outward appearance. As the saying goes, you can put a dress on a pig but at the end of the day it is still a pig.  Look closely at the cultures and environments you choose to participate in for sometimes the energy of the place is a false as the pig in a dress.

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Culture Pause

We are all in the midst of a Culture pause as the COVID-19 pandemic encircles the globe. We can take this forced stop and give some real thought to what is important and what is just extra. In the silence of our minds give yourself the privilege to meditate on what needs to be part of a thriving culture and what is just cluttering the social landscape.

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Do you accept Cultural Norms or strive for Cultural Expectations

In a time when there are so many battles to fight, we all pick and choose which ones we invest our time and energy into. Too often I see people accepting the cultural norms of the time and place as opposed to engaging to strive for the expectations to improve the culture.  Yes, it takes time and energy to swim up stream against the norms but do we continue to dilute our culture by not being willing to fight for what is right?

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Does your Culture promote Confidence?

Confidence like Leadership is not something you are directly born with. You may have the seeds of confidence but it take a positive culture to nurture it into its full potential. Are the cultures you are exposed to adding or subtracting from your confidence?

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One Bad Apple

If one bad apple can spoil the whole bushel then take the time to make sure no one in the culture is tainting the others and spoiling it for everyone else. It is easy to turn away and not get involved but in the long run not dealing with rotting apples simply causes a big mess to clean up later.

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Rock your culture

People want to be part of something special. With so many distraction available to all of us daily, there is some solace in places like home and work.  We find routines in those places and allow for a solid less turbulent footing. So make these places be special.  At your business offer a culture for people to thrive in.  At home give your loved ones a place they want to be engaged in.

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It is challenging to capture culture

If you were to ask yourself to describe the culture of the organization you are in would your response be good or bad? Would you be able to articulate what makes it that way?  Cultures are not good or bad.  They are what you MAKE them.  If what you view is not to your liking then take action to change it! When we think differently we open our minds to new possibilities.

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Cultural Alignment

In bowling there is a defined alignment of pins which are then knocked down contributing to the advancement of score. If you view the pins as elements of your organizations or personal culture that are out of alignment it is time to knock them over so that your internal core values score aligns with your cultural framework.

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Random thoughts about how culture impacts our lives