Even though the new quarter doesn't start until Wednesday, we are jumping into it with both feet. BTW - that is also the theme for July - Being Agile. Two quick reasons for this theme now. First is we are in new territory when it comes to the economy, social factors, government action and how it is affecting our ability to run a profitable business. The second is how it matches with our previous emphasis around building a "Lean Organization'. The difference is simple - Agile is a mindset that uses the principles of Lean to succeed in unstable times.
Any conversation about culture usually hinges on how important is it during the early stages of growth. Our position is to create it early because it is an internal branding statement and essential to creating an external brand - which is critical from the start of the business. Taking a longer perspective it is the the net which holds everything together by defining boundaries.
Our objective for today's show - how to design an Agile culture on purpose.
What You Need to Know
The following are previous shows where we covered the short and long term need for creating culture on purpose vs letting it happen by default.
The challenge we are going to address next is what does an Agile Culture look like?
What You Need to Do
Most Agile Cultures have these common characteristics:
The place to start is take these 5 common characteristics and define each value in terms of your business.
I previous list is an example of how to build the list of Values, Operating Principles, or Boundaries that lead long term to a culture on purpose.
In case you wanted to know - here are our 3:
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