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Culture Leadership Charge – What Inspires and Sustains You?

In a recent online conversation, friends around the globe discussed the “civil service” foundation of political office. In virtually every country on the planet, politicians do not behave civilly nor do they act consistently in service to others.

Civil service is in short supply today – in politics, in homes, in communities, and in workplaces.

The discussion led me to this question: What inspires and sustains you? The longer I’m on this planet, the more I‘m drawn to service and grace.

In my 15 year career as a non-profit executive, I experienced some OK bosses, some really bad bosses, and a few really great bosses. I studied my great bosses and examined their purpose, their values, their passions, and their coaching to discover their secrets.

What I found was – at their core – my great bosses were inspired and sustained by service and grace. Some were serious, some were funny, some were loud, some were quiet – but each of them, men and women, were driven by being kind and of service, every day.

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I explain how “civil service” is within our reach and offer tips so you can embrace kindly serving others.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube channel. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

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To what degree are your bosses of service and of grace in every interaction? How do you prompt yourself to serve others gracefully each day? Share your insights on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


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Culture Leadership Charge – Respectful Leadership

How are your team leaders perceived by team members in your department, region, or company?

The relationship team members have with team leaders drives team members’ perceptions of the work, of the company, of their peers, and of their customers.

A purposeful, positive, productive relationship boosts team member engagement, service, and performance. A dismissive, demeaning, or discounting relationship erodes those three desired outcomes.

I spent 15 years in non-profit management as an executive and director. Over that time I had a couple of great bosses, quite a few good bosses, and too many lousy bosses.

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I describe three of my lousy bosses’ behaviors and outline what my great bosses did to generate trust, respect, and dignity across our organizations.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube channel. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

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How do your best bosses generate trust, respect, and dignity among and between team members? Share your insights on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


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Culture Leadership Charge – No Surprises

When I was growing up, my Mom made the best desserts. I remember coming home from school one day and the house was filled with the smell of freshly baked chocolate brownies!

Mom held out a plate of her famous treats! I grabbed one, said thanks, and took a huge bite.

And – yuck. Mom changed up the recipe that day. She added walnuts to the brownies! I got a bite of walnuts when I expected a bite of pure chocolate!

I didn’t like the surprise. I was shocked.

Most employees don’t like surprises, either. Yet our organizations and work teams deliver surprises to team members all the time.

Those frequent surprises cause team members to distrust their leaders and peers. Team members learn they can’t depend on systems or people to support their efforts, to remove frustrations, or to validate ideas and contributions.

That’s no way to run a purposeful, positive, productive work culture.

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I share how you can eliminate frustrating surprises and boost trust, respect, and dignity in your work team daily.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube and Vimeo channels. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

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What kinds of surprises happen to your team members at work? How have you reduced the frequency of workplace surprises? Share your insights on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, Chris will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, Chris only recommend products or services he uses personally and believes will add value to his readers. Chris is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Culture Leadership Charge – Don’t Bump the Fishbowl

Have you ever “bumped the fishbowl?” Those fish aren’t happy when you do.

My best boss, Jerry Nutter, used this folksy reference to describe how leaders’ behavior is often much more damaging to their team members’ confidence, engagement, cooperation, and performance than leaders believe.

How do leaders “bump the fishbowl” and cause team members’ nerves to be on edge? They make structural or staffing changes with no context and no chance for questions. They take credit for team members’ work. They micromanage. They provide critical feedback 99% of the time, validating and praising only 1% of the time.

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I describe how you can ensure you never “bump the fishbowl” with your team members.

Watch the video below to learn my three steps to serving, validating, and celebrating employees’ ideas and contributions every day.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube and Vimeo channels. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

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Does your boss “bump the fishbowl” today? What is the impact of that boss’ behavior? How do your best bosses facilitate your success? Share your insights on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


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The music heard on Chris’ podcasts is from one of his songs, “Heartfelt,” copyright © 2005-2017 Chris Edmonds Music (ASCAP). He played all instruments, recorded all tracks, and mastered the final product for your listening pleasure.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, Chris will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, Chris only recommend products or services he uses personally and believes will add value to his readers. Chris is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Culture Leadership Charge – Validate Effort & Results

I post a variety of suggestions on social media every day. My suggestions are designed to inspire leaders to embrace proven techniques to boost engagement, service, and results.

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I discuss one recent post which generated a surprising response within hours. The post said, “Validate others’ efforts – not just their accomplishments.”

Western society is built upon the concept of competition. Competition isn’t a bad thing. Everyone wants to win. The problem is that this life isn’t that black and white, either winning or losing.

If we believe it is, that competitive mind set consumes us.

We get wrapped up in showing how much we know, how much better we are than others. We want others to value us, our knowledge, and our contributions.

The reality is that there are people all around us that contribute ideas, efforts, and accomplishments. They make a positive difference, every day.

These delightful people are in our families, neighborhoods, grocery stores, and workplaces.

Yet if we live in that black and white world of “I win, you lose,” the only thing that we notice is accomplishment and results.

Validating others does not diminish us. It costs us a few minutes and a few words.

That surprising response? Watch the short video clip below for the answer.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and service leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube and Vimeo channels. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

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What are your beliefs about validating others? Do you thank people often for their daily efforts as well as their accomplishments? Share your insights on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


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Chris’ new “Culture Leadership Charge” series and the rest of his video clips can be found on YouTube. Subscribe to Chris’ YouTube channel.


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itunes_subscribeListen to or subscribe to over 300 of Chris’ Culture Leadership Podcasts on iTunes.


The music heard on Chris’ podcasts is from one of his songs, “Heartfelt,” copyright © 2005-2017 Chris Edmonds Music (ASCAP). He played all instruments, recorded all tracks, and mastered the final product for your listening pleasure.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, Chris will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, Chris only recommend products or services he uses personally and believes will add value to his readers. Chris is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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