How to Create a Winning Culture

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Winning Culture

There is an easy way of doing things and then there is the right way of doing things. I always keep saying if the roots are good, the fruits will automatically be good. Winning culture is all about developing the roots in an organization. Winning culture is when the people are happy together. I am reminded of the old story that I heard in my childhood of a man who had five sons who always fought with each other. The man called all his sons one day and gave them each a stick. He then asked each of them to break the stick that he had. It was very easy for the five boys to break their respective stick. He then collected all the sticks from his sons and tied them together. Then he asked them to break the sticks. Obviously they couldn’t. Lesson learnt: Nobody can break you if you are together in a team.

Let us see how well we understand the concept of a winning culture by answering a few questions given in the Learning Activity

Learning Activity

What is the culture of your organization at present?

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What constitute the roots of your organization?

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How can you strengthen the roots?

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“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isnt being said.”

— Peter F. Drucker

Did you know?

A survey conducted by Bain & Company reveals that more than 90% employees out of 1200 think that culture and strategy are equally important for the culture of a company. Another survey by Bain revealed that in the absence of a winning culture, a company is doomed to be mediocre.

So what makes a winning culture?

Tata Consultancy Services has the lowest attrition rates in its sector. Hence, when we talk about creating a winning culture, the only name that comes up in my mind is TCS. The main objective of this organization is to keep its employees happy and productive.

There are two requisites for having a winning culture in an organization:

  • Shared values and vision and a unique personality
  • Healthy cultural norms and behavior patterns that are encouraged to create a unique company personality
If you start a conversation with the assumption that you are right or that you must win, obviously it is difficult to talk.

Wendell Berry

5 Steps to Creating A Winning Culture

A winning culture is when people think positively about the organization that they work for and how well they can alter their behavior patterns in a positive direction.

There are 5 steps that we can take to create a winning culture in an organization?

Step 1# Create high standards for the organization. Explore the values and mindsets on which the foundation of the organization is laid. Set fresh expectations and make sure that all your team members understand that these values have to be adhered to.

Step 2# Build a strong team.  Building a strong team would mean creating strong teams at all levels across the organization. Right from the top management team to smaller teams within departments, everyone must know and work towards the common goals of the organization.

Step 3# Accountability is the foundation of any organization. Every team should take ownership, every leader should feel responsible and every team member must be accountable for their work in the organization.

Step 4# Discipline to drive culture. Discipline drives culture. There are many organizations that operate without discipline. They do start on their own, however, they do not sustain. They remain mediocre throughout their lives.

Step 5# Celebrate Small Successes A positive winning culture can be driven only when an organization and its people know how to celebrate success.

These steps not only help in maintaining momentum, they also help in keeping the workplace happy. If people have a place to share their thoughts, opinions and ideas, it makes the workplace the best one to work for.

 

Think Win-Win isnt about being nice, nor is it a quick-fix technique. It is a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration.

Stephen R. Covey

A seemingly impossible activity that can prove that a winning mindset can enable a team to perform difficult tasks as well; this activity is good when building a win-win culture in an organization.

Activity Beam Me Up
preparation None
running time five minutes
Environment One chair per team of five and space to spread them
Teams Five people per team
Instruction Divide the group into teams of five people and ask them to select the largest member of the group to sit on the chair. The rest of the group stands around the chair, and then each person entwines the fingers of both hands with the index fingers pointing straight out. They then place the index fingers under the knees and armpits of the person in the chair (one team member under one knee, one under the other, one under one armpit and one under the other). They should then attempt to lift the person using only these fingers. Most or all groups will fail. Now get the group to raise their hands over the head of the person and to wave them around to absorb the energy of the person to be lifted. this needs to go quite a while so that the armpits tire slightly. Now quickly repeat the lifting exercise. Many or all of the groups will find it easy. We don’t know how this works. It is probably something to do with adrenaline rush or getting used to lifting the arms. You may want to try this out sometime ahead of using it in earnest to convince yourself that it will work.
Feedback This feels like magic when it goes well. The groups are collectively convinced that what they are about to do will fail and despite this it proves easy.
Outcome There is a lot of laughter and some amazement generated by this. You will undoubtedly be asked for an explanation. Since we cannot give you one you can make it u, claim ignorance or confess that it is a secret handed down through generations of your family that you have sworn never to divulge.

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