The author explores the keys to building culture through stories of successful businesses, teams, leaders, and through research that is being done by neurocientists and sociologists. He breaks the book down into three sections or skills: build safety; share vulnerability; establish purpose. Building safety is a key piece creating a positive culture. People need to know that this is a safe environment and it only takes one individual to create an unsafe environment.
That got me thinking how can I build safety. The author points out that " building safety isn't the kind of skill you can learn in a robotic, paint-by-numbers sort of way. It's a fluid, improvisational skill-sort of like learning to pass a soccer ball to teammate during a game." Coyle does provide a few tips on creating safety through dialing in to small, subtle moments.
- Over communicate your listening
- Spotlight you fallibility early on - especially if you're a leader.
- Embrace the messenger
- Preview future connections
- Overdo thank-yous
- Be patient in the hiring process
- Eliminate bad apples
- Create safe, collision-rich spaces
- Make sure everyone has a voice
- Pick up trash
- Capitalize threshold moments
- Avoid giving sandwich feedback
- Embrace Fun
Here are the ones I want to work on:
Over communicate my listening - by avoiding interruptions and by being improving my listening posture.
Over do thank-yous - because it has less to do with the thanks and more to do with affirming the relationship.
Pick up trash - develop the mindset of seeking simple ways to serve the group.
Avoid giving sandwich feedback - handling negatives and positives should happen in different settings and the sandwich approach leads to confusion.