In my work with business and team leaders, the question of ‘culture’ invariably comes up…
“Jeff, it sounds like what you’re really talking about is creating a specific culture.”
To that I often respond that culture isn’t something that a leader creates – culture belongs to your people. Your role as a leader is to be a gardener. You shape the environment where a certain type of culture might grow.
Mary Ellen’s story inspired me to expand on this idea of ‘cultural gardening’.