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Building A Better Business – Step 6

Thriving In Your Business & Your Life

Building A Better Business – Step 6


“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” – Peter Drucker

Be a better leader; build a strong workplace culture

Being a better leader and building a strong workplace culture is crucial to having a better business.

Have you ever considered whether your workplace is toxic?

With the average person spending more than 40,000 hours of their life at work, a workplace should be an enjoyable place to be.

We all have bad days, but if the following bells ring… your workplace may be toxic.

  • A lack of trust between owners and the team. Is there a sense of ‘us’ and ‘them’? Everyone should feel part of the team.
  • No Core Values. Or, worse still, Core Values which aren’t being lived into.
  • After meeting meetings. Those chats after a meeting where team members go on to discuss the meeting or criticise decisions made.
  • Highly stressful interactions. Disagreements will happen from time to time, but these should be the exception, not the norm.
  • Team members and owners mistreating each other. They may be working in self-serving ways rather than benefiting the team and business.
  • No team buy-in to the core purpose or the business’s goals. Or, an absence of purpose or goals completely.

To create a stronger and happier workplace culture, consider the following points:

  • Develop your Core Values, with help from your team.
  • Define your purpose; why you exist for your customers – and make it clear to your team how their roles deliver on your purpose.
  • Make your Core Values and purpose highly visible so your team know them and hold each other accountable to living into them.
  • Set annual and 90 day goals for each team member so that the sum of the individuals’ goals can deliver on your overall Business Plan.
  • Celebrate success and recognise team members for great performance.
  • Meet regularly with the team and give everyone the chance to be heard.
  • Avoid being held ransom by toxic employees by showing them the ‘door of opportunity’.

A toxic culture will inhibit the success of your business.

Take an honest look at your culture and make changes to help build a strong workplace culture.

Need help developing your Core Values or your purpose? We can help!

Step 5 is available here to recap.

Step 7 is available here.