Everyone knows the value of teamwork. All of us want communication enhanced. And you’ve got screws loose if you don’t think “trust” is necessary for the success of an organization.

So why do these behaviors – these needs – remain unachievable for many organizations?

Here’s the elephant in the office: Too many organizations take the “fix-it” approach. They wait until there are “behavior issues” or until teamwork doesn’t exist before they do anything to develop desired qualities.

This is like trying to get the kid in the back seat of your car to hush-up by taking him to the ice cream stand and asking, “Which flavor this time?”

How many flavors can you stand before saying, “No thanks”?


Lynne works for a global organization that leads their industry, and she’s been doing it for 30+ years. Do you think she’s tasted a few flavors over the years? It would be easy to excuse her from any future initiatives. But that means you don’t know Lynne.

Lynne, along with so many of her colleagues, is taking a rare approach: instead of “fixing” their culture and colleagues, they’re building and developing. They’re not waiting for things to go wrong before launching this strategy, they’re doing it now. And by using tools and a common language, they’re imbedding it into everyday actions.

A focus on culture is never a flavor of the month, because culture is something each of us has to live with every day of every month of every year.

And if you’re lucky, your team has people on it like Lynne, who says “I’ve seen a lot. Things can be awfully tough. And I know it’s my responsibility to contribute, to help move us forward.”

What difference will you make today?

Where will you lead – where will you stomp elephants – today?

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