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building workplace culture

Building Workplace Culture Takes Time

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Every organization has it, and it wasn’t built overnight. It’s difficult to know exactly where it started, and it is never finished. Building workplace culture is a fluid process, not one single event.

You assume everyone knows. You assume everyone is on the same page. Is it true?

What is Culture?

Culture is different from environment. Culture is not about the lighting, the color of the paint, or the size of the leather chair. It’s not about break rooms with X-Box, or fruit and vegetable offerings instead of candy bars.

People often confuse workplace environment with culture. While they may cross paths, they really are quite different.

Culture is has something to do with the rules of the game. It is the language, the tone, and the demonstrations of role models. You can describe the culture you want, yet it will still largely form on its own.

Actions and reactions will guide culture. Tolerance, or a lack of it, will play a part. And yes, in some ways the physical environment will either support or detract from the path of culture.

Money probably doesn’t buy culture, yet it may become a part of it.

Culture is about a vibe. It is about what you see, what you value, and what you believe. It involves socially accepted norms.

The big picture of culture is often hard to describe. You often feel it before you can see it.

Building Workplace Culture

The government has a culture, so does General Motors, Harley Davidson, and SpaceX. Institutions of higher education have a culture, and so does the family restaurant down the road, and the hardware store across the street.

Every person, every day, contributes. It shifts and people navigate. Everyone plays a role.

Sometimes the hard part about a plan to build a culture is that the plan itself becomes an obstacle.

A plan to fall love can’t really be built, it develops.

Its similar with culture. You can love the idea of what you want it to feel like, but it always takes its own shape.

You’re a part of it.

Do your part.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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How Do You Build Confidence?

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Many people feel that they struggle with confidence. Alternatively many people recognize that they have fears. While facing your fears might be more about courage developing more confidence probably helps reduce fear. How do you build confidence?

Confidence might be considered when you have to face adverse conditions. It is necessary when you’re selling in a vertical market or when you’re rolling out a new marketing campaign. It is necessary to face the unknown, leave a good impression, or tackle a big project.


Have you ever considered that confidence might be more responsible for risk management as compared with courage?

Some people will suggest that confidence is about first believing in yourself. If that is true, where does that belief come from? Do you build belief and then build confidence?

Here is what I believe.

One of the secrets to building confidence doesn’t come from someone telling you to have belief. Sure someone telling you might help but it isn’t as tangible as learning to have belief.

Build Confidence

Learning to believe comes from doing things that you can believe in. When you do work that you can believe in you’ll start to build confidence. This is important because it is different from doing something that is evaluated by others, it is evaluated by you.

When you are the one to see and feel its worth you recognize your value. You can confirm its worth. Chances are good then that you’ll have the confidence to do it again. Perhaps this time you’ll do it bigger or better.

When you develop confidence the challenges you face feel less risky. When you perceive less risk not only does it suggest that you have more confidence it means you need less courage.

Looks Easy

This is how rock stars make things look easy. This is why experience is as important as education.

It’s easy to tell someone to believe. The real challenge is learning to believe in you.

How do you build confidence?

Perhaps it starts by doing work that you can believe in.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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