This topic is adapted from the FLEXTALK YouTube channel.

Every team and organization has a culture, and it means everything when it comes to accomplishing your mission and vision with full integrity. Once you’ve gained clarity on your team’s mission, values, vision, and strategy you can move on to the next thing. The next step in a truly effective team is to gain clarity on your team culture. But what is team culture?

Video Highlights:

  • Culture answers the question, “How do we actually do things?” Team culture is at the heart of your organization. This is how you do day to day tasks in order to accomplish you big picture mission. It is the smallest steps in understanding and living up to your mission.
  • In a great organization culture matches up with mission, values, vision, and strategy. Your day to day tasks must match up with what you are ultimately trying to accomplish. This is called integrity. If you have an integral team it just means your team is well nested and looks like the picture presented in the video. Mission, values, vision, strategy, and culture should all fit well together and line up. You are doing what you’re saying, and saying what you’re doing.
  • In a team with poor integrity culture begins to move away from their mission, values, vision, and strategy. This causes what is called mission drift or vision drift. This is when your day to day tasks, or culture, make you drift away from what you say you are about. This causes what used to be an integrated team to become a disintegrated team. The longer you allow your team to be disintegrated, the faster your organization will fail.

Your team should stop and evaluate what their culture is and how to make that line up with what you say you want to be doing. If it doesn’t line up with your vision then your organization or team will ultimately fail.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. Make a list of some of the words that describe your team culture right now.
  4. Use the Team Worksheet to brainstorm the mission, vision, values, and strategies of your organization. Go back to your list from #2. Circle the words that align with what you’ve written down. Start another list of words describing what your culture is missing.
  5. Give your team a grade on culture. What do you need to do to start making changes?
  6. On a scale of 1-10, how integrated is your team? Defend your answer. What can you do as a leader to begin to build better team integration?
  7. Revisit the Team Worksheet at a leadership retreat to bring greater clarity to your mission, vision, values, and strategies. Make sure they are clear to your highest level leaders, and then plan to take them to the rest of the organization.
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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