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People ultimately are the reason things succeed

February 28, 2019

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People ultimately are the reason things succeed

Query up any leader or business executive’s acknowledgment for their success and in their statement, they will absolutely acknowledge the people that made it happen. They might have been leading the charge but without the people and the various relationship then it just would not have been possible. It is relationships which ultimately are the currency of business success.

Relationships cover a variety of key touch points for a business and for the people inside of them. On the personal side the relationships start with those closest to each individual – their spouse, children, family, friends, colleagues. On the business side it includes partners, fellow leaders, employees, customers, vendors, stock and stake holders.

Each of these relationships start though with the individual themselves. Each of us has a relationship first and foremost with the person we are. The better you know yourself both the good and the bad, the more effective you can be in both your personal life and in business. None of us are without faults or things we would prefer either to change or ignore. The unique mix of talents, skills, insights and feelings all contribute to our experiences in our companies and our personal relationships.

Our 2019 culture tune up would be remiss if we don’t start with our own being. The culture of the business is a strong reflection of the leader’s purpose, core values, principles, philosophies, passions and the associated “Promises” made to all of them. The “Promises” are not just made to the elements they believe in but they are made and held accountable to the relationship through which success is amplified and substantiated.

As you tune up your company culture, take a look at the various relationships which your organization is dependent on for success. Ask yourself how you view your employees and how they view you and the organization. Take off the rose-colored glasses and be ruthlessly honest with your evaluation. If you can’t be honest with yourself on this matter, then enlist a third party such as JKL Associates to do a discovery process on your business.

Look at all the key business relationships – vendors, customers, stake and stock holders. Look also at the personal relationships. Not just your own but if you respect and honor your staff then you MUST consider their relationships with family, friends, and colleagues as well. The expectation of having your staff work long work days, weeks, months and stripping them of their personal relationships simply ends up in higher turnover rates which impacts your customers and business results.

Curious what you might discover if a third party does a deep dive into your organization’s Culture? Give JKL Associates a call to discuss the possibilities.

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246

Our Purpose – To build Cultures, Businesses, People, and Relationships with a Purpose based Passion, so that all can engage their talents for greatest contribution in whatever endeavor they seek.  A life where a “Promise” means something!

 

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So What!

February 21, 2019

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So What!

As we continue the journey of a Culture Tune Up in 2019, did you lock in your “Purpose from 2 weeks ago?” Have you made a promise and commitment to tuning up your culture?

We must stop and consider the Vision for the business. For years in strategic planning sessions there would be a process of crafting a company vision statement. The intent is to capture the future picture of the business at some time when all the strategies and action steps have accumulated into a final product. It was to be stated in the having already been accomplished so that the vision could resonate the affirmative to all those engaged in the organization.

The vision is where the collective injects the passion into the business. What are we trying to accomplish? Yes, this is very complimentary to the “Purpose” or “Why” the business exists, but this takes on a more tangible and visual context of the business. We as people think and remember in pictures. A vision statement allows for us to capture an image of the future results, so it can become a driving force to kindle our passion for what the business contributes in the marketplace.

Without a passion or vision for the outcome of energy and emotional input, businesses just exist and typically not for long periods of time. They also tend to struggle with attracting talent and fight for profits. Without passion the business is strictly based on transactions. Without passion, there is an absence of emotional energy to actually propel the business to greater results.

This week we want to build upon our last couple of weeks efforts. With Core Values and Principles in hand, along with your “Purpose,” you need to either revisit your existing vision and test it for living passion or engage a process to resuscitate it. You may even need to just toss it to the trash and re-craft a vision for where you need to go rather than trying to re-craft something which was never truly embraced.

Visions are not just for marketing purposes or plaques on lobby walls. Your organizations Vision is about engendering “Passion.” Building a larger energy that allows your team to not just be motivated but to own and lead toward the vision. Think of the natural energy of salmon in the northeast and Alaska which return to their birth place, swim upstream against great odds to continue the process of life. This driving force is the energy you want each of your team members to have for taking your business further upstream.

Is it time to get out of just seeing and into a Vision? Give JKL Associates a call so we can assist you in your journey to the future.

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246

Our Purpose – To build Cultures, Businesses, People, and Relationships with a Purpose based Passion, so that all can engage their talents for greatest contribution in whatever endeavor they seek.  A life where a “Promise” means something!

 

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Sometimes in business – Kismet arrives!

February 14, 2019

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Sometimes in business – Kismet arrives!

When crafting the 2019 Culture Tune up series, the outline of topics was laid out on the calendar and as Kismet would have it the topic of “Promises” landed on Valentine’s Day 2019. Sometimes the larger events of the universe just show up to surprise us. Such was the case when this week’s topic landed on the commercial or business holiday of Valentine’s Day. A day when people extend heart felt touches to those they love and have intimate feelings for and about.

We touch on “Promise” this week to get you thinking about the genuine commitment to Tuning up your culture. The word “Promise” engenders lots of dynamics among people. Some take their promises very seriously while others see promises as them being meant to be broken. It is for these reasons that “Promise Culture,” the framework by which we are traveling along this Culture Tune up was captured so that all those seeking to be bigger, larger, greater contributor to whatever they are doing would have the opportunity to make a personal “Promise” to themselves. This binds them to the commitment not just because they make a statement but because it touches at the intrinsic level. The essence of their most core presence.

Promises that evolve from a systemic or simply a transaction level are easy to break. Promises which come from the heart, the intrinsic level of the person and based in core values, principles and align with the passion are not only longterm sustainable but grow and mature as they nurture in time.

Some readers might be wondering what place this whole “feelings” based energy has in business. For years, this side of business has been downplayed. The reality is that such things as Emotional Intelligence has finally got the light it deserves. We are human beings and as such, we have emotions. How we choose to navigate emotions and bring them to the benefit of self and business is a differentiator in both personal endeavors and the marketplace.

Part of the Culture Tune up is to begin to understand, appreciate and engage from the core level of both self and the business to make and keep “Promises.” They emanate from the intrinsic portion of the people and the organization. It is well documented that past generations who embraced these concepts and the upcoming generation who are desiring a deeper engagement to “Purpose” and values that the overall results were and will be substantially greater than those living and executing by transactions alone.

This week is not the time to make “Promises.” The promises will come when you have the next major component of success more fully embraced in your organization and that is the people. The relationships which are the key and critical ingredient to all business success.

Promise Culture beginning to sort itself out in your business? Give JKL Associates a call so we can help you formulate and put in place your best foundation for future success.

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246

Our Purpose – To build Cultures, Businesses, People, and Relationships with a Purpose based Passion, so that all can engage their talents for greatest contribution in whatever endeavor they seek.  A life where a “Promise” means something!

 

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Cart before the horse

February 7, 2019

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Cart before the horse

By now you have a set of Core Values and some Principles by which you are beginning to shape the culture of your company. If you have not yet rolled them out, that is ok. Some of you took that initiative and others are waiting for this to gel a bit more first. Both are completely good plans of action. If you are confused by this then kindly go to the website and check out the past couple of weeks to get up to speed on Tuning up your Culture.

Some of you might be asking yourself where Vision and Mission comes into this framework. They are absolutely part of it but let’s not get the cart too far in front of the horse. In some models the approach is to start with vision and mission and move into goals etc. Over the years we have found that we need to go deeper into the intrinsic aspect of the business first before a truly meaningful vision and sub mission can be crafted to achieve the end game.

Our next step is to have you craft your “Purpose” statement. Yes, it may sound like vision or mission, but this has everything to do with “WHY” and not what the end picture or sub mission have to do with getting to the vision. It is typically here where the question of why are you in business is answered – make money. Sorry, but that is not the real why – that is a result of having a why.

Simon Sinek, Author (“Start with Why”), TED talk specialist and his team has great insights into this aspect of defining your “Purpose” or “WHY.” Basically, to have a culture where you attract the best talent and they are ready to engage fully there MUST be a much deeper reason and meaning for your business to exist. People are intrinsically drawn to organizations which support their own personal values and “Why.” The current younger and future generations are at the forefront of needing this in a work environment. Working just to make money is not a singular driving force. In today’s world, reasonable compensation is a given or you can’t even attract talent. Beyond money is “Purpose.”

We don’t typically take the time to explore this level of our business, so it will potentially feel awkward. You may struggle to wrap your mind around a purpose for your organization. Don’t get frustrated. Feel refreshed in the fact that you are not alone. This journey of your cultural tune-up is going to place you on some uncharted roads. If you are not willing to explore what will make you better, then it is time you throw in the towel.

This week start the mind thinking about the “Purpose” or “WHY” your business exists. Take a look at your core values and principles. They just might trigger some thoughts of why you started the business or keep it going. Possibly start with asking yourself – What is it that your business contributes to so that something can be better? Think about the stories that capture your best moments. What themes can you extract from these stories that capture your deeper “Purpose?”

Need to jumpstart your “Purpose” thinking?  Give JKL Associates a call and lets get your thinking cap engaged.

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246

Our Purpose – To build Cultures, Businesses, People, and Relationships with a Purpose based Passion, so that all can engage their talents for greatest contribution in whatever endeavor they seek.  A life where a “Promise” means something!

 

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