It is all about culture. At least that is what most experts will say. Does building your organization have anything to do with workforce learning?
A couple of entrepreneurs get together and start a company. A few years later and they have a company of fifty or one hundred. And so the organization is growing, or so it appears.
What is creating the culture?
Culture and Change
Growth means change and change means learning. “Go get buy-in. Get everyone bought-in.” the CEO requests.
Yet many people struggle to understand how buy-in is achieved. Shouting about buy-in may disrupt the flow, yet getting traction often requires something different.
Marketing, advertising, and selling matter, they help spread the idea. Yet adoption of the idea may still require a different approach.
Every day there is a person who sings in the shower. A person who paints a picture, and a person who demonstrates great leadership around the workplace.
Yet, the shower singer may not become an Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, or Mariah Carey. The picture painter may not become as well known as Michelangelo, Rembrandt, or Picasso. And the workplace leader may never make it to the C-Suite.
However, each one of these people bring something forward. The extent of their interactions may make a difference for someone’s day or even positively change a life, or two, or three. They help others learn, grow, and perhaps identify with a culture.
Organizational culture is made up of many things. Mostly, things that are driven by people. People who share with other people.
Buy-in is created by shared experiences. People who participate together build it together. It catches on, and it sticks. It has value and no one wants wasted effort.
Workforce learning helps people decide how they’ll shape the culture. When they discover value, they share it and then suggest that their friends try it too.
They’re bought-in, it sticks, and it grows.
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.