Culture is created through our leaders, their language and, the language of the tribes they live within. The pathway to create and sustain preferred culture in the tribes where we work, live & love, is to support our leaders. Challenging them to greatness and encouraging them to understand that truth exists only in words. Leaders are the words they use. Just as culture is the words said within it and about it.
We look to our leaders for wisdom and guidance toward a vision. To be a leader is to be a learner. Constantly inquiring and learning new ways creates a vision of what is possible. Constantly finding new ways to inspire and move people. Taking us on a journey.
It was Socrates who is claimed to have said at his trial “… the unexamined life is not a life worth living …” In considering those words and the man, perhaps Socrates was commenting on the issue of being human as characterised by the capacity to transcend basic instinct and desire, to make decisions through conscious, ethical choices. If he was, then an examination of life may lead to a life which is intentional and informed and, is a life worth living.
We need great leaders. Leaders who can read the patterns of life, of work, and the tribes they live and work in. Leaders who make decisions with the wisdom from what they have learned.
I recently spent 3 days examining my own leadership. It was a valuable time and I was able to explore my own language of leadership, my purpose and my passion. To clarify what I would make a stand for. It occurred to me that we are all interconnected and reliant. We are one but we are many. You are me and I am you. What happens to you happens to me and what happens to me happens to you.
Learning this, I am now unable to simply be an observer of things in my tribes that affect businesses and people. A failure to act on behalf of others is the standard I adopt. As a leader I now identify that my role is to make a difference by moving and inspiring leaders to create amazing cultures and, to move and inspire organisations from good to great.
In the past, Risk to Business focussed on reducing risk to business and people from unlawful or unethical behaviours. As a leader in my new context of understanding I realise that Risk to Business was not playing a big enough game. But now we are.
We are about changing how organisations are lead by inspiring and challenging leaders to take a risk. To take a risk in creating great cultures where people are engaged, included, valued and feel a part of something bigger than themselves.
We’ve built a company that listens, learns and shares. We know that organisations spend a fortune in time, energy and money in building their brands and growing it. Leaders often feel unsupported and vulnerable when going through times of change or increased competitive threat. We also know what it takes to be a great leader in contemporary organisations. And, we know the power of a great culture in driving growth and productivity.