GUEST: Limeade’s Chief People Officer, Dr. Laura Hamill -- https://limeade.com/
According to our guest this week,the most important asset a company has is its people. And to be the best it can be, a company has got to consider, care for, and nurture this single crucial resource. When we waste resources, whether money, or time, or people, we pay the price.
There are real business reasons for companies to care about their employees. The big brands are noticing that.
Organizational culture must be aligned with what you’re trying to do as a business. You can’t have goals and aspirations that conflict with other goals and stated values, or that friction will chaffe.
Culture is contagious. Behavior that happens leads to more behavior like it. You have to articulate what is the culture you want to have. You do have or will have a company culture, like it or not. Culture’s affects on the people and the business are so profound that you must be intentional about the culture you create if you want to thrive. Then, you’ve got to operationalize the culture you want to have. It’s got to be a part of what you measure, what you practice, and what you hold people accountable for.
Culture, because people don’t understand it, is often viewed as soft and unimportant. But culture is learned skills and habits, not a set of knowledge or instructions. If the culture is not universal within a company, and reinforced, then it holds no water, and garners no respect. Culture creation is never done. And keeping it on track requires feedback in every direction.
“At Limeade,” says Dr. Hamill, “We’ve created a culture of improvement. Each person is focused on improvement.”
She sees culture as a job benefit to manage, as a selling point in recruiting equal to health insurance and vacation time. It’s not something to leave to chance, or to create deliberately and then forget about it.
GUEST: Dana Manciagli -- Global Career Expert: Speaker and Private Coach
Over decades, Dana Manciagli amassed skills and insights into good work and career wisdom while working at such companies as Avery, SeaLand, Kodak and Microsoft. Now, she gives others the benefit of that wisdom as an author, blogger, keynote speaker, career coach, and global career expert.
Earlier episodes of this podcast have focused on leadership’s role in great work in our companies. Dana Manciagli is here to talk with your host Aaron Schmookler about what each of us can do to insure that we’ve got Mighty Good Work.Reboot yourself by changing jobs, by jumping division to division, location to location, or company to company.
Here are a few highlights from our conversation with Dana:
Make choices! Don’t let your work happen to you. Be deliberate.
Figure out what you like, and pursue only what you like.
You can’t be all things to all people. Make choices. Sometimes they’re tough. You don’t have to get it absolutely right. Make a call and take action on it.
“What are you waiting for? You have a vision. You know what you want to do next. Why aren’t you doing it?”
Don’t rely on your boss to make you happy.
Ask yourself, “What was this week like? Did I do my best? Treat my people well? Make good choices?” Take regular accounting of your own performance against your own standards of excellence. Expect greatness.
There’s a lot of boss bashing out there. Stop bashing the boss. It only hurts your career.
Business revolves around relationships.
Rule #1: Build the relationship with your boss. There’s a “we factor” and you’re role in the relationship is equally important. It takes two.
YOU have tremendous power in yourself -- through your choices -- to have good work wherever you are.
Put in the work that it takes to enjoy work! Don’t be stuck.Take action to get to joy at work!
If you need a private job search coach, contact Dana through her website or through LInkedIn.