You Can Fix Your Culture in 180 Days

October 11, 2022
October 11, 2022 Jamie Notter

The pandemic is slowing down, but the great resignation is heating up, so what are you doing about your culture?

Most leaders have already sensed that their culture has shifted in the last few years, and they are now dealing with a lot of turnover and uncertainty. Yet I’m seeing a widespread hesitancy for leaders to jump into the work of changing their culture to be more successful in today’s environment. They are still standing on the sidelines.

It’s time to get in the game. Here’s why.

Culture is the #1 enabler of organizational success. It is the water your strategy and operations swim in. It’s not going to kill your organization by itself, but there is zero chance you will be reaching your potential if your culture isn’t aligned with what makes you successful. And when you consistently fall short of your potential, your good people start looking elsewhere. That is never more true than right now.

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And culture change is NOT hard. It’s hard work, but so is everything that’s worthwhile; that’s no reason to hesitate. If you’re methodical about it, as my title suggests, you can start seeing meaningful change in six months. We do this all the time in our culture design projects. Yes, there will be more work to do after the first six months (spoiler alert: culture management is never ending), but the longer you wait, the worse things will get. The best time to fix your culture was about three years ago. The second best time is today.

And at the very least, you should start uncovering your hidden culture patterns. Every culture has them, but very few can see them. The culture design work always starts with identifying your culture patterns, because that’s how you figure out what needs to change (and what doesn’t). Our culture assessment will show them to you, and we just released a new version of it that lets you see your overall organizational patterns (but without getting into the nitty gritty of the subgroup breakdowns) for only $3,000.

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Stop waiting, and start creating a culture that makes you the place everyone is going TO during this great resignation.

Jamie Notter

Jamie is an author and growth strategist at PROPEL, where he helps leaders integrate culture, strategy, and execution to achieve breakthrough performance and impact. He brings twenty-five years of experience to his work designing culture-driven businesses, and has specialized along the way in areas like conflict resolution and generations. Jamie is also the co-author of three books—Humanize, When Millennials Take Over, and The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement—and holds a Master’s in conflict resolution from George Mason and a certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown, where he serves as adjunct faculty.
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