Ceeeeeeeeeeeelebrate good times, COME ON!
If we want our businesses, teams and even our families to have a culture that doesn’t suck, we need to celebrate a little more often. If we start to celebrate both the big and small victories more often, it starts to build unity and to create stronger bonds with those we work and do life with.
The other day my wife went to my sons parent teacher conference and she was blown away by what the teacher said. (Get ready for some proud parent bragging.) Our son received glowing remarks in almost all his categories, was called advanced, and the teacher admitted that at times she runs out of activities to do because he whizzes right through them. Plus, one of the teachers said, “He has my heart.” I freakin love my son.
This parent teacher conference was on Wednesday, and so on Thursday when I picked him up from school, we went to a local artisan donut shop that is on our way home and picked out some donuts to celebrate. Now I am glad that we got some donuts to celebrate, but many times before and since we have devoured those delicious pastries from heaven we have made sure to tell our son how proud of him that we are and how awesome he is doing at school. BUT, I have also been abundantly clear with him that as proud as Daddy is with him over this report, I am most proud of him because he is my son. I want him to know without a shadow of a doubt that I love him and am proud regardless of his accomplishments.
If we want our businesses, teams, and families to have a culture that doesn’t suck, we need to celebrate the junk out of things. Whether it is a big or small victory, we need to take the time to mention it to the person or persons who accomplished that task. Forget the fact of whether you are in charge or not, take a moment out of your day, walk up to the person or persons, and say something. Better yet, celebrate the junk out of that accomplishment because Lord knows we need more of that in our lives.
Who do you know that has done something big or small that you celebrate the junk out of something with? Got that person in mind… now go ceeeeeeeeeeeeeeelebrate good times, COME ON!
I’m not sure about you, but if I had to choose between a toxic or healthy culture, I choose healthy everyday. The real question is, if you find yourself in a place that breeds distrust, anxiety, and broken teams, how can you counteract that and fight against that toxic culture? Today we are going to look at the third thing we need to do to start shaping and shifting the culture of where we find ourself. If you missed the first post… just click here, and if you missed the second post… click here.
We are finally at the K in the year of ASK. The K is by far the hardest yet most rewarding step in this whole process. The K stands for Keep moving forward. Keep pressing into those relationships we have been building by asking questions and commenting on what we are seeing. When we ask those questions and focus on the relationship over the opportunity, it starts to shift and shape the culture. When we comment on things we are seeing others do, those actions, if positive, get repeated or, if negative, stop happening.
The K is difficult because we want to see instant results, but real culture shifting ideas and actions don’t always happen overnight. Culture shifting ideas and actions take time. We need to constantly be pressing into those relationships we are building because we don’t know what is going on in the other persons life. We don’t know what story they are living and what is happening behind the curtain.
No matter a persons title, position, or circumstance, they have a story that needs to be heard, and the only way to do that is by living out the year or ASK.
I’m not sure about you, but if I had to choose between a toxic or healthy culture, I choose healthy everyday. The real question is, if you find yourself in a place that breeds distrust, anxiety, and broken teams, how can you counteract that and fight against that toxic culture? Today we are going to look at the first of three things that we need to do to start shaping and shifting the culture of where we find ourself.
The first thing we need to do to start shaping and shifting the culture is ask questions. I know this doesn’t seem life altering, but I promise you, the impact of this is a game changer. When we are intentional about asking those around us pointed questions about life or work, it puts a focus on the relationship. When people start to understand that you are actually interested in them and in a relationship, a positive shift in the culture starts to take place.
When asking others questions, you need to implement something that Chick-fil-A, a popular quick service restaurant, does with all of their customer interactions. When interacting with customers, they use the Core Four. The Core four are: Eye Contact, Smiling, Speaking Enthusiastically, and Staying Connected. When you implement the Core Four when asking questions, it actively shows the other person that they are valued.
When those that we work with feel valued, it starts a slow but noticeable shift towards trust. That trust breeds teamwork, and that teamwork leads to increased productivity and so much more. I know this little tip seems stupidly simple, but when you focus on the relationship and are intentional with asking your coworkers questions about life or work, the culture starts to shift.