Do You Know The Business Culture?
Do you know and understand the culture of your organization? When you are interviewing candidates do you review their qualifications as well as how they will fit into the culture of your team?
If you have vision and mission statements, are they a reflection of your real culture? If so, your company is aligned and you probably do hire individuals that consistently work to build the culture of the organization. I would venture to say a lot of companies struggle with building a strong culture.
An interesting twist to employee management is to actually focus on culture management. Dave Crenshaw post “Employee Management is Culture Management” provides tips on building a strong culture:
Employees are more powerful than you may think. First, there’s more of them than the boss. Second, their interaction dictates a company’s culture.
An important point he makes is that managers and employees communicate regularly via one-to-one huddles. This is critical to the success of a company. Why is this? Communication serves to brainstorm and clarify objectives, and this process insures that everyone is on board working towards the same goal. It also helps managers access whether an employee is competent to handle their responsibilities.
When you prioritize 1:1 meetings with your employees, you build stronger relationships with each of them and this strength can be used to enhance performance all around.
Communication is critical to your success as a manager.