If there is one hotel I had longed to stay for quite some time, it must have been the Marriott. I just kind of like the name and looked forward to a time in their facility.
That opportunity came in March when I attended the International Maxwell Conference and ever since, I have been in several others in Miami, Maryland, Dallas all in the US and In Toronto, Canada. I really did not plan it, but somehow it happened.
Talk about a vision that you elevate in your mind.
Anyway, trust me, the experience has been great. So I decided to find out a bit about this organisation. I discovered that one thing that stands them out is not just the vision but a culture of Putting People first, pursuing Excellence, and service.
I have personally noticed this in all the places I stayed or held a meeting. It’s their culture; that’s the way they do things.
John Maxwell says, Culture eats vision for breakfast.
Of course it is important to have a vision but it’s even more critical to create a culture that elevates that vision. Culture is made up of the values, beliefs, attitudes, behaviours and assumptions of a set of people. It determines how we do what we do.
It’s one thing to say what you are going to do but until you decide how you are going to do it, you are not likely to get the desired result.
So as a leader your job is to create and develop a strong culture in your organisation. You should be able to influence significantly your people to behave in a given manner that promotes the vision and ideals of the organization as against a system where people behave as individuals without given norms.
This is why leadership is crucial. It determines your ability to influence people’s behaviour not by manipulation but by inspiration.
A strong organizational culture gets the job done faster, easier and better.
Today and always, live intentionally, be deliberate and create the picture you want to see manifest in reality.