Organisational – and team – culture is described as ‘the way things are done around here’.
This month I’m writing about Team Culture and last week in my first article I outlined the three things you need clarity on if you want to change the culture in your team. Read this article first if you haven’t already done so.
The first thing you need clarity on before you start changing anything is your team’s current culture. Respect and recognise its history before trying to change the world.
Think about the things that are ‘accepted’ in your team. These are often what you might think of as ‘small’ things such as:
None of these things is written down anywhere as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ but they have become accepted ways of behaving and nobody questions them.
When you join an organisation or team you will notice its ‘culture’ particularly if things are done differently from what you have experienced before. It is often said that organisational culture is something you stop noticing once you have been there for around six months – when you become part of ‘the system’!
Step One – Define your Current Culture
Here are some sample questions you might ask yourself and your team – because if you want them to change you need to involve them in the conversation and ‘co-create’ your new culture together.
This exercise is not about judging, blaming or finger-pointing. It is simply an opportunity to identify where you are now culturally.
The first question on this list is key. Is your culture helping you to achieve your common purpose?
If yes, great.
If not – what do you want to change?
More on that next time.