Organizations are obsessed with the word “culture”, constantly working to build one that will attract talent and produce results. The perceived drivers of culture are team building, social events, monthly meetings and then utilizing a variety of buzzwords to get buy-in. While these tactics can work, the most genuine and successful cultures are developed organically, starting with organizational values, and must be present in all aspects of an operation.
Every manager believes that their team of dedicated people are operating at maximum capacity and efficiency. Sure, some teams are great but the reality is that a lot of “great” teams are only good, and it is on a leader to shape them into a collection of personalities and talents that can truly deliver.
What is holding your team back and what steps can you take to foster the traits that can elevate your team?
Does this sound familiar?
You post an opinion on your favourite social network and the result is a flood of aggressive replies that proceed to get out of hand. Suddenly, your initial point is lost and you’ve wasted hours, even days, arguing with a stranger who was never going to change their mind. Alternatively, maybe you were the person who replied in a blind rage.
Not long ago, social networks were a fun but somewhat inconsequential place—a digital playground to share ramen photos and connect with friends over cat memes. Then, it evolved into a springboard for democracy, helping usher in movements like Occupy Wall Street. Recently, social media has emerged as an insidious danger, a tool to divide and conquer democracy.
In 2005, radio producer and author, Danny Wallace wrote a novel titled, Yes Man. The idea was that for one year, Wallace would say yes to every offer presented to him. While this is an intriguing way to combat the mundane, it’s a weak strategy to apply to one’s career.
The average workplace is a microcosm of society where social and professional elements intersect. There’s a hierarchy ruled by etiquette, all of which is hard to ignore for those hoping to get noticed for their abilities. Most workplaces fail in running their organizations as a meritocracy.
Many equate a rise to the top by one’s willingness to say “yes”. The belief is that by uttering the word “yes”, an employee can get the attention of those higher on the ladder. Saying “yes” to every request can make you the go-to person when a job needs to be done.
Warning: Spoilers below….
There’s been no greater pop culture milestone than the Star Wars franchise. Starting in 1977, Star Wars has revolutionized filmmaking and genre, creating avenues of licensing and merchandising that has never been rivalled (Star Wars lipstick is a thing).
The most recent installation, The Last Jedi, has gone a step further than just inspiring people to fight with broomsticks or squawking like a Porg from Ahch-To. It has done something that the previous eight films, animated TV Oseries and countless books and comics have failed to do. It has made fans re-evaluate the characters that have lived in their hearts and imaginations since the first crawl appeared on screen.
I know what you’re thinking. There have already been a million articles dissecting The Last Jedi so why write another. Well, like most, The Last Jedi got me thinking but not about plot or character arcs. My fandom has been consumed by how this movie reconceptualised the idea of leadership.