I grabbed this bit from JR Briggs, but he gives us some very good questions we need to be asking.
If a leader is a culture-changer then it’s important to be tireless student of thecurrent culture and to ask wisely and courageously what type of culture is needed to build a hopeful future. A leader is constantly asking, what parts of our current culture should stay – and what parts should change? To answer these questions, leaders need a healthy dose of both wisdom and courage. Wisdom without courage leaders to inaction and courage without wisdom leads to destruction.
In light of this definition, Brene Brown in her book Daring Greatly asks a series of incredibly thoughtful questions about culture that are important for all leaders. Consider spending quality time reflecting on these questions:
- What behaviors are rewarded? Punished?
- Where and how are people actually spending their resources (time, money, attention)?
- What rules and expectations are followed, enforced and ignored?
- Do people feel safe and supported talking about how they feel and asking for what they need?
- What are the sacred cows in this culture? Who is most likely to tip them? Who stands the cows back up?
- What stories are legend and what values do they convey?
- What happens when someone fails, disappoints, or makes a mistake?
- How is vulnerability (uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure) perceived?
- How prevalent are shame and blame and how are they showing up?
- What’s the collective tolerance for discomfort? Is the discomfort of learning, trying new things, and giving and receiving feedback normalized, or is there a high premium put on comfort (and how does it look)?