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Sometimes in business – Kismet arrives!

February 14, 2019

ISSN# 1545-2646

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

ISSN# 1545-2646

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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Link up on LinkedIn ? www.linkedIn.com/in/jklassociates
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 Copyright – JKL Associates 2019

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