1980: Managers needed to keep things consistent or the same
1990: Individual leaders needed because everything is changing
2000: Team leaders needed because leadership is multi-faceted
The saying goes, “the only thing that stays that same is that everything changes.” And it is so true! Our role as leaders has consistently morphed to meet our changing culture. No one can deny that in order to succeed, you must be willing to change. And, as you change, you will find that you have the power to impact the culture around you. One of our clients, Brian Yeager, President of Barefoot Media Ministries, 89.5 KTSY and 88.1 The Bridge, said, “One of the hardest things you can do is lead your organization through change. But to not change is to ensure that you and your organization will fade away into irrelevance. To lead change is not just hard for you, but also for your team.” At Advocace we work hard to help our clients lead their teams through change.
6 Ways to Change Your Work Culture:
1. Let people know that you need them.
This is such a lost art! "Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery." -Warren Bennis
2. Create a memory and revisit it often.
Success will breed success!
3. Give others a reputation to uphold.
Build people up! It has been shown that 80% of people dislike their jobs. I say, in most cases they don't necessarily dislike their jobs, rather they dislike their bosses.
4. Do for others what they can't do for themselves.
Studies on what researchers call the "self-determination theory" have shown that supporting other people's goals will cement the relationship between you. While you are supporting something important to them, you are ultimately helping them to push harder toward their goals. You can create a new culture of success!
5. Find the keys to their heart.
"Coaches who can outline plays on a blackboard are a dime a dozen. The ones who succeed are those who get inside their players and motivate them." -Vince Lombardi
6. Practice the “30 second rule.”
John Maxwell says, "Within the first 30 seconds of a conversation, say something encouraging to a person." Imagine the course you set for that conversation before you even get started.
Remember how important it is for us to successfully change our culture. God is handing you a wonderful opportunity—seize it today! Changing the culture around you will not only help your organization, but it will also influence other Christian ministries around you.