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Juhana Lampinen | 13.06.2012 | Show comments 0
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Tribal leadership – improving your business culture part IV

…this blog is continuation to the Tribal Leadership series. The previous articles discussed the foundation of the tribal leadership as well as introduced you to the stages 1 through 5 in detail. The previous articles can be found under these links:

Does your business focus on meaningless details and micro management?

Tribal leadership - improving your business culture part I

Tribal Leadership - improving your business culture part II

Tribal Leadership - improving your business culture part III

This article goes to practice telling you how how to move your (business) culture from one level to another. Please note that the key to improvement is to understand on which stage you are now. Most of the people rate themselves too high. Don't make the same mistake. As important to know is that you can only take one step at the time. Example: if your culture is at stage 2 and you aim to stage 4. You have help your team to climb on to the step 3 first and after that to the stage 4. That is why large cultural changes take time.

From stage 1 to stage 2

Here are some practical tips how to help people to move from stage 1 to stage 2:

  • Encourage him to meet other people. Simple thing like having a lunch together will do.
  • Encourage him to participate meetings.
  • Help him to notice that not everyone's life sucks.
  • Encourage him to cut off his ties from the groups of people who think their life sucks.

You have succeeded when you notice that:

  • He start talking that "My life sucks" instead of "Life sucks".
  • He appear passive and apathetic rather than aggressive and desperate. This may sound harsh but as a matter of fact it is a huge leap forward to him, because now he feels that he has hope instead of despair.
  • You notice he stops hanging out in stage 1 groups.

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From stage 2 to stage 3

Here are some practical tips how to help people to move from stage 2 to stage 3:

  • Encourage her to network one on one (to form dyads)
  • Encourage her to find mentors who are firmly on the stage 3.
  • Praise her for her achievements. Do it personally.
  • Tell her how talented she is and how important her work is.
  • Give her projects where she can experience feelings of success quickly.

You have succeeded when you notice that:

  • She starts using me, mine and I language.
  • She behaves like a "lone warrior" comparing her achievements with the achievements of the others.
  • She often comes to the conclusion that she is better and the others are worse.

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From stage 3 to stage 4

Here are some practical tips how to help people to move from stage 3 to stage 4:

  • Encourage him to network in groups of three or more (to form triads)
  • Encourage him to understand that the real power is not in the information but in your network.
  • Encourage him to involve himself in projects which are far too complex to complete alone.
  • Give positive feedback for personal achievements, but remind that improving from here onwards requires real team collaboration.
  • Describe him how people behave and act on stage 4.
  • Tell your own story how you got from stage 3 to stage 4.

You have succeeded when you notice that:

  • He starts using we, our and us language when he is talking about success.
  • He starts forming triads.
  • He works less but achieves more.
  • He starts sharing information openly with anyone.

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From stage 4 to stage 5

Here are some practical tips how to help people to move from stage 4 to stage 5:

  • Stabilize her onto the stage 4 using values.
  • Encourage her to continue building triads.
  • Encourage her to discuss and further develop values with others.
  • Encourage her to think about the reason of existence of the team/company/business. This is the so called "noble cause".
  • Encourage her to see the unlimited possibilities there are for further business and development.
  • Encourage her notice that this team could truly make history.
  • Help her to understand success can be reached by offering solutions to real needs of people.

You have succeeded when you notice that:

  • She starts using "Life is great" language instead of we/us/our language.
  • She stops referring to traditional competitors. Instead is improving the lives of people.
  • Her network and the diversity of her network grows.
  • Her time management is based on values and noble cause.
  • When she talks about achievements she sounds surprised and shows respect rather that celebrates for another victory.

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Conclusion

The tribal leadership offers relatively simple framework for continuos cultural development. However you may wonder why should you do it. There is one simple answer to it. You find it from this picture:
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This picture tells you simply how many business can be found on each stage. Yes, you got it right! The stages 4 and 5 are not exactly very common in business. I would like to remind you about the underlying reason for the whole tribal leadership. The reason is: each higher stage outperforms the lower stages on the long run.

(Source: Dave Logan & co, Tribal Leadership 2008)

My question to you is: can you really afford not focus on improving your business culture?

LIFE IS GREAT!



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