Creating a Culture of ExcellencePosted: Saturday, August 19th, 2017. Filed under Education, Community
In my time with HUMANeX Ventures, I have been fortunate enough to travel around the nation immersing myself in the cultures of other organizations. This experience has given me an entirely new appreciation and understanding of what a “Culture of Excellence” truly means. Throughout each encounter, I have come to find that there are three major keys behind creating the culture that others want to study.
It Starts at the Top
So often, the true measure of an organization’s culture can be tied to the influence and trust that the team places in their leadership. When a leader truly walks the walk, they have the ability to understand what levers are impacting the change in their culture each day. When looking for an example, look no further than Mike Lubelfeld of Deerfield 109 in Deerfield, Illinois. Mike and his staff make the conscious effort to get their hands dirty on a daily basis. They walk the halls and are molders of the culture they want to see in their schools.
The Staff Steps Up
Hands down, one of my favorite examples of this is the staff of Exeter-Milligan Public Schools in Nebraska. The staff members are truly committed to creating an environment in which every student can thrive. They aren’t afraid to take an unorthodox approach to student engagement and inspiration, making themselves key drivers of the success. When staff members are inspired by the work they are doing, and are engaged in the process, the classroom experience is increasingly stronger.
Lifelong Learning is a Cornerstone
Often times, individuals look to their end goal and forget about the process that made them strong enough to reach it. The best cultures have lifelong learners planted in various positions around the organization. The leaders of Envirotech Services out of Colorado make this a staple of their staff programming. Whether it is an internal training, or trips across the country for a professional development summit, every opportunity is exhausted to increase the knowledge and learning of their staff.
In taking these steps, an organization, in any industry, can begin taking progressive steps towards the goals they have set for the upcoming year. However, it must keep the focus on leadership, staff engagement, and fostering the development lifelong learners. Put those in place, and you have the beginning of a Culture of Excellence.
This post was written by HUMANeX teammate Nick H.