I have the rare privilege to observe organizational culture from the periphery. In essence, I am trusted to visit historical constructs and identify areas of concern.
It gets easier every day.
Whether it is my work with college students or global corporations, there are a few very certain red flags that assure broken culture:
- The loudest voice is the negative voice
- Any iteration of change is viewed as enemy
- Tenure is automatically associated with influence
- Excuses are given greater attention than performance
As I abused my social influence to gain validation from my peers, one unspoken truth hung over every conversation like a chandelier:
I knew I wasn't evolving and I was unwilling to take action.
Organizations with entitled cultures always fail. For some, the fall is more-gradual, but those who empower inadequacy only deter those willing to try.
There a million different ways to accomplish your goals. If there was a silver bullet to success, everyone would be successful. There is, however, a laser-tight way to fail....
If you allow negativity any audience, your odds for success grow less-certain.
We can be guided by our lack of willingness to give in to the things that distract us.
I've never met anyone with a bad attitude who has been successful. The great news is that negativity is fixable.
People who present themselves as negative may just be having trouble framing their intensity. Their intentions may be good, they may just be allowing their drive to look like a car wreck.
You might choose to surround yourself with people who validate your negativity. But. here's a newsflash:
They are not laughing with you, they are laughing at you.
The more your negativity fills the room, the easier it is to ignore.
If every day you wake up with the intent of replacing challenges with action planning, you will win the day.
If you enter the day under the impression that the day is going to suck.... it will!
Don't Forget to Remember,