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Culture Matters!

 

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After using part of the summer to catch up on some much needed R&R, I am ready to begin preparing for the new school year. Recently, I have been thinking a lot about school culture and the important role that culture plays in the work that happens in the schoolhouse each day. Yet, despite its importance, culture isn’t something that we talk about during faculty and staff meetings. Often, the culture of an institution is never a major topic of discussion until there is a problem. So, why wait until the culture within an organization is a problem?

In my quest to better understand this question, I began looking at a few blogs of several business leaders and discovered a post on LinkedIn by Mike Temple. Mr. Temple, (a Program Director at Xcelerator Program in Portland) hit upon something that stuck with me that I’d like to share with you. Mr. Temple believes “a company’s culture must become a priority, not for some fluffy social good or new age value but because developing the right culture is essential to getting the other priorities of the company done.” This idea resonated with me for a number of reasons. First, I believe developing the culture of a business (and yes a school) is essential to getting things done. Second, like Mr. Temple, I believe culture “happens whether an organization actively works at developing the nuances of the culture; therefore, I believe it’s imperative to attend to the culture within an organization. And, third, I share Mr. Temple’s belief that it takes “long-term” commitment in order to develop the right kind of culture within any institution. Why should schools consider the importance of creating the right kind of culture? Developing a winning culture is important for schools because the wrong kind of culture can impact the way that the faculty and students participate in the educational experience. In order to effectively engage students in the learning process, schools must have a culture free of distractions. Developing a distraction free culture is not easy because organizations of made up of people; however, Mr. Temple highlights several “desirable cultural attributes” that organizations should strive to have if they want to develop a workplace culture free of distractions. According to Mr. Temple, developing a winning culture begins when organizations adopt the following cultural attributes:

Developing a winning culture is important for schools because the wrong kind of culture can impact the way that the faculty and students participate in the educational experience. In order to effectively engage students in the learning process, schools must have a culture free of distractions. Developing a distraction free culture is not easy because organizations of made up of people; however, Mr. Temple highlights several “desirable cultural attributes” that organizations should strive to have if they want to develop a workplace culture free of distractions. According to Mr. Temple, developing a winning culture begins when organizations adopt the following cultural attributes:

  • Visible, inspiring leadership
  • Effective, positive management
  • I want to work there brand
  • Shared values
  • Collective vision/purpose
  • Individual motivation
  • Day to day communication
  • Easy, flexible workspace, inspiring surroundings
  • Great team dynamics
  • Empowered decision making

Does your organization have what it takes to develop these cultural attributes? tlb

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Head of Lower School, Louisville Collegiate School

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