I had the pleasure of delivering my “Seeing Beyond the Flip-flops and Margarita Machines: Four Keys to Building a Strong Corporate Culture” presentation recently at a state wide conference. Everything was going well until I was confronted by a skeptic in the room.
I love a good skeptic.
He thought that my philosophies on getting Senior Leadership involved in creating a Brand Strategy for employees was “nice and all” but since he works for a large government agency he doesn’t have access to a team of leaders who can help him build that philosophy. So basically, he felt helpless in creating a strong foundation for building a good culture within his sector.
My response: If you work for an organization that is either huge and you don’t have access to Senior Leaders or where the leadership team doesn’t want to be involved you can still build an engaged workforce in your department. Focus on creating a Brand Strategy for your team. Do everything in your power to share the vision, mission, purpose, and values with them and by doing so you’ll be taking steps towards setting clear expectations for the employees who report to you.
So don’t feel helpless. There are always things you can do to create a stronger culture for the employees around you.
Editors Note: Marisa is a leadership coach, management trainer, and motivational speaker on all things Culture and Engagement. She has helped lead the culture and engagement initiatives at two nationally recognized great places to work; Rackspace as Culture Maven and Modea as Talent Manger. Today Marisa consults, coaches, and leads seminars for organizations looking to increase productivity by focusing on management training and employee engagement.