The success of any group of people depends upon the allegiance of its members to the goals and values they share in common. It follows, then, that leaders in any organization must take the time to imbue every aspect of the organization with the qualities it holds dearest.
In the case of my companies, our focus is on revitalizing the art and science of medicine. We realize, of course, that we cannot take the same approach as other health care companies have taken and expect a different result. So, we strive in every area of our individual and collective function to provide the uncommon touches that make the ordinary nothing less than extraordinary.
This manifests in many different ways, but one of the central keys to our success thus far has been our insistence on identifying, hiring and training leaders. We realize that the better we become at surrounding ourselves with high caliber people or alternatively, people with high potential, the more likely we are to succeed. With this comes the necessity to develop effective strategies for leading the leaders, but that is the subject of another post.
As a family of small companies, my team works in an environment where, as in a small town, everybody knows everybody. It is perhaps obvious that the corporate culture is defined by the texture of a company’s relationships (internal and external), but it is perhaps less recognized that from the standpoint of the individual every relationship affects you in one way or the other. Positive, healthy, reverent relationships constrain to increase, while negative, unwholesome and discourteous relationships invariably lead to decrease.
I imagine I could write volumes on this topic, but I have to get to work! Have a great day and think about why you are doing what you do as much as you can. If what you’re doing or how you’re doing is not aligned with the “whys” of your organization, group or tribe, then it’s probably time to find a way to make the ordinary extraordinary!