You are contagious. What culture are you creating with the energy, intention, and presence you bring to the party? How you show up matters.
We often abdicate the responsibility of organizational culture to the highest levels of leadership, perhaps thinking it rests with the CEO. If you are committed to taking control of your life, you have to assume responsibility for the impact you have on the culture around you.
I love the book by Anese Cavanaugh, “Contagious Culture: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization That Thrives.” She has an empowering view:
You are creating culture every day through your intentions (or lack of intentions), energy, and presence. You’re creating the culture within your organization, with your team, with your clients, and in your meetings every day. You’re creating a culture within your family, with your friends, and at the dinner table every day. All of it is contagious. You are the contagion. This is good news. You have power and influence here!
— Anese Cavanaugh
How often do we pause before a meeting to set our intention, check our energy, and be mindful of our presence? I know, it’s hard to do when you are running from one meeting straight into another. But what if you knew this simple check would drive better outcomes, improved teamwork, and increase your satisfaction?
5 Steps to Intentional Impact
One way to begin being intentional is to start with meetings. Take a look at your calendar and identify an important meeting you have coming up. Create an appointment on your schedule 10 minutes before the meeting, so you have time to set your intentions for the meeting.
During those 10 minutes, walk through these “Five Steps to Intentional Impact,” Cavanaugh recommends for establishing a ritual or practice that will help to improve outcomes.
What are the outcomes I want to have from this meeting?
What emotional impact do I want to have?
To create these results and impact, how will I need to show up?
To show up the way I want, what must I need to believe about this person or situation?
What are the actions I’ll need to take to make this happen?
You are contagious. With the right intention, energy, and presence, you can create a positive environment and an inspired culture with each interaction you encounter.
You are the contagion, and that is fantastic news for everyone around you!
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I truly believe that how you interact with those around you sets the tone in the work space. You don’t have to be the CEO or the manager to have an impact (although I guess it helps). I am sharing your thoughts with my managers at our meeting later this month. We definitely have a bit of a morale and culture problem at the moment and this article will give them so food for thought.
Amelda, thank you so much for taking the time to share your comment. It definitely helps if the CEO/leadership sets the right tone, but frankly, we just can’t seem to count on good leadership anymore and I want us to take back the power we do have. I think this translates outside of work into our family life too. Wishing you the best at your managers’ meeting!