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Culture Cultivation: How to Build It at New and Existing Organizations

Culture Cultivation: How to Build It at New and Existing Organizations
People hear me say it all the time: Culture is the single-most important element in the success of a company.  The blueprint to cultivate that culture, however, can vary widely as no one-size-fits-all solution exists. Today we’ll examine the differences between creating culture at a new company as opposed to an established one. While they are separate challenges, each presents a unique opportunity. Organizational leaders might have to go about their culture-building initiatives differently in each case, but the prospective benefits can propel the company to its true potential and perhaps beyond. In either case, it begins with a strong foundation. I liken building the culture of an organization to developing the foundation of a large building. Components such as concrete, metal, gravel, wood and weather-proofing materials each serve a singular function, but when you combine these critical pieces, it enables the foundation to become strong enough to support the weight of the building. The strength of the cultural foundation is critical to supporting the structural edifice of the entire organization—not just in the early stages of the company’s growth, but for the years and decades to come. Here’s a look at some of the nuances of creating effective cultures at new and established companies:  A new company Naturally, the primary advantage of creating a culture at a new company is that you can start from the ground up. No inherent flaws or biases exist within the workplace and you’re operating with a clean slate. You can create the culture based upon any ......
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So, They Made You Project Manager? 5 Things You Must Do Before You Start Your Initiative.

So, They Made You Project Manager? 5 Things You Must Do Before You Start Your Initiative.
  The pitfalls of project management are rarely foreseeable to the novice. Most project managers gain their knowledge through experience and have the battle scars to prove it. Nothing knocks you down faster than putting your blood, sweat, and tears into a seemingly awesome initiative, only to discover upon rolling it out that it wasn't as well received as you assumed it would be. The completion of a successful initiative takes considerable amounts of preparation. Follow these 5 tips for successful project management pre-planning to start your initiative off the right way! 1. Establish a Project Code Providing your project with a “code name” will help to remove ambiguous language and establishes a baseline for effective communication. Often times, project nicknames will naturally evolve among project members, which may cause confusion and uncertainty regarding the project being referenced. Project codes ensure everyone is discussing the same project. Things to consider: Do not spend more than 3 minutes deciding on a name for your project. Pick a name out of a hat or use the name of your favorite tv show. The name itself doesn't matter, having one to reference is what's important. 2. Establish Purpose What is the purpose of this project? What are we trying to achieve? Never assume understanding. Different perceptions, experiences, and organizational roles will lead project members to their own unique understanding of purpose. Discuss project goals and objectives with the group until each member is comfortable articulating the project's purpose. Consistency in message conveys strong leadership and ......
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