Obey the Unwritten Ground Rules (if you can find them)

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Two unarguable postulates stand out about today’s corporate life:

1. Large numbers of people are not happy in the work place, and yet the vast majority don’t want it to be that way.

2. Everyone wants to be part of a positive, dynamic, and productive culture.

Many forces conspire against that being realised. 

Guest on BE SO GOOD PODCAST 026, Steve Simpson, says the one we can all fix is UGRs (Unwritten Ground Rules). 

They would be the unspoken beliefs, hoodoos, hang-ups, values, convictions, and traditions hidden in everyone’s minds. 

And don’t you think they stand out in family life too? 

There are just some things you don’t say to your in-laws, your (now-all-wise, all-knowing, all cynical) adult children, their spouses and their children in turn.

Steve says it is possible to understand and eradicate your unhelpful UGRs and draw enormous benefit from the helpful and constructive UGRs.

There’s, at least, a five step process involved

First, and here’s no surprise, lay out a picture of your ideal corporate culture, something entirely aspirational, that will make you happy, that will make your workplace attractive to potential employees and will appeal to your customers/constituents.

It’s not about painting values, mission statements, and goals on your walls.

Second step is to fish out the UGRs that don’t match theaspirational picture. He says you do this by asking people to complete of his ten or so ‘lean-in’ sentences. These include;

  • Around here when you need help …
  • Around here people are treated …
  • Around here when people have a new idea …

Step 3

‘The third step is to let the leadership see and cogitate on the ramifications. Let them compare the study with what they really want the organisation to be.

Step 4

Fourth, Steve recommends the employees go through the same process of analysis and comparison.

Step 5

Finally get commitments from all parties about the behaviours which will lead to the aspirational picture. These will be the enhancement of the helpful and the elimination of the not-helpful.

How to find Steve

Step Simpson is easy to track down.
Find him at www.ugrs.net
He offers energy-packed courses, books and conference presentations.


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