At key times during the culture and disruption initiative I’m leading, I’m going to share the strategy, tactics, pivots, etc. with our followers so we all might learn together. It will be authentic, messy and hopefully instructive. Please join us with the overall objective of inspiring a movement to create even greater workplaces and organization cultures. Everyone has the right to thrive in a great workplace. Each of us has an obligation to make it so.
The Challenge: How does one set the direction and desired outcome when driving a culture and transformation shift? My experience is that the bigger risk is to set the bar too low. It drives benchmarking and a 10 percent better mindset. That’s cool, but honestly, so what? Frankly, I hate being slightly better on “sameness.” That’s playing not to lose versus playing to win. When you ask yourself how we might be 10x greater, that’s when it becomes interesting, and hopefully both inspirational and aspirational. It’s a little tacky that my team gets to find out about my strategic intention and direction through my blog, yet I think they’re getting the idea, and I can see them becoming fired up to THINK BIG.
What I’m Going to Do:
- Share 10x thinking with my team, the culture champions (see last blog), executive leadership community, then the rest of the organization.
- Start to outline and declare what 10x aspiration goals look, feel, smell and taste like, including quantitative milestones.
- Begin to engage the entire community in determining and outlining the massive action required to achieve 10x performance. It cannot be business as usual, and it requires a open/growth mindset by all. Everyone, starting with me, has to change themselves first before the institution transforms. Often it will feel chaotic and frustrating. However, culture transformation is a systemic process. It may feel random depending on where one is standing. I assure you it’s not.
- If we just do what all the other colleges do and slightly better, then pfft, who cares?
Think Big, Start Small, Act Now.
One Millennial View: “10x” transformations seem like a tall order, and I could see how the aspiration could seem daunting or perhaps impossible to some. To make it work, you need to be in the company of those willing to adapt and acquire the open/growth mindset necessary for 10x to actually become a reality. I look forward to hearing more about how it starts to progress.
Edited and published by Garrett Rubis