When leaders find undeniable data that their work culture is bent or broken, they must address the problem immediately.

In recent days, two highly-regarded work cultures have been faced with such undeniable data. In one case, 16 US Marines were arrested on their Southern California base, on suspicion of drug offenses and smuggling of undocumented migrants.

In the second case, Rear Admiral Collin Green communicated to all SEAL team leaders and members that, “We have a problem.” In response to an entire SEAL team recently being sent home from Iraq due to allegations of sexual assault and alcohol abuse and members of a second SEAL team allegedly having abused drugs while stationed in Virginia last year, Green said, “I don’t know yet if we have a culture problem. I do know that we have a good order and discipline problem that must be addressed immediately.”

Green has asked SEAL commanders to detail the problems they see and provide recommendations on how they will ensure team members are engaging in ethical and professional behavior.

Both of these fine organizations – the US Marines and Navy SEALS – have formalized the values and behaviors they want all members to demonstrate daily. What they’re seeing with these recent incidents is a lack of disciplined alignment to those values and behaviors.

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I describe how leaders can ensure disciplined alignment to desired values in your workplace.

This is episode seventy-one of my Culture Leadership Charge series. Each episode is a ~three-minute video that describes proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, companies – and even homes and neighborhoods.

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S. Chris Edmonds

Chris helps leaders create purposeful, positive, productive work cultures. He's a speaker, author, and executive consultant. He blogs, podcasts, and video casts. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers: Good Comes First (2021) and The Culture Engine (2014).
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