This question stemmed from the EntreLeadership Podcast:
I’m an employee in a firm of 25 and want to share information about culture and values with my boss and managers. Other CPAs are urging me to just get out and start on my own. I don’t want to quit (yet) but want to influence this company from within. How do I start, and how will I know when I’m fighting a losing battle?
The key to influencing leadership is by example. It doesn’t matter how much you want to make a difference. If you’re not living the culture that you want to see, nobody’s going to care when you present it as an idea. You have to show every day that you believe in a better way. If you want a culture of no gossip, then you need to tell people who are gossiping to stop. People need to be able to anticipate what, why and how you are going to do something, so they know where you stand.
Once you are living the culture, then you can sit down with your leadership and express a desire to implement it in the workplace. Start by letting them know you would like to share a problem that you have a solution for. Otherwise, they may just view it as a complaint. Let them know how you believe the company can be stronger, more productive and more profitable if ________. (You fill in the blank.) And then, lay out exactly how it can be achieved.
If the leaders are strong enough that culture will work, they will be able to accept and move forward with your ideas. (Assuming you give great input.) If not, they will feel threatened, offended or even insulted. That’s the time you follow the advice of the other CPAs. :-)
Question: How would you convince your leaders to implement new culture?
- What To Do With Poor Leadership (ChrisLoCurto.com)