I don’t know about you guys, but when I want to learn about something, I go all in. I want to know everything about the subject. Books, videos, research, whatever it takes. Case in point…when I bought a pool table, I wanted to learn everything about pool.(The pool table was beautiful. Shiny black table and bright ocean blue felt) I already knew how to hold the stick, hit a ball, bank a shot, etc., the beginner stuff. I wanted to learn the more advanced stuff. Time to research! (and obsession occurs until I master it) Since I have been a bookseller for over 20 years, books are what I turn to first. (my favorite learning tool) Five books and a few websites later, I was doing well enough to impress my little nephews.
My whole point to that little story is my complete conviction that a lot of workplace culture is toxic, rigid and old-fashioned. Is your workplace safe enough to express ideas, whether good ones or bad? Do you feel safe to suggest an idea that no one agrees with but will listen respectfully, then explain why they don’t like it? Again, respectfully? Can you put yourself out there? I believe that when your workplace culture is safe, respectful and open to any idea, this creates innovation, connections and cohesive teamwork. That’s why I’m going all in…to promote positive cultures, ideas, thoughts, careers, even job searches. It starts with a voice, and it starts with leadership. I have a voice, and I’ve been a leader for a long time.
So, more research has started. Research about websites, WordPress, FB pages, marketing, content, SEO’s, and analytics. Studying what works, what doesn’t work. Studying great places to work, and how they enhance their culture. We may not all work at Google or Facebook or Zappos, but our leaders, managers, and CEO’s have an obligation to create a safe place to work at. Peace and Courage.