How positive is your current culture, on a scale of 1 to 10? It’s a question that participants of the online Positive Culture Academy reflect on – and work with if needed. What would your score be, and would you like to improve it?

One participant shared: “Maybe a 2 or 3. My current company culture is becoming less and less positive. We had a difficult year last year because of high demand and low support for our team and we rallied together and were positive within the team to keep the morale up (creating high performance and low turnover).

Since nothing has changed and no one is asking us what we need, the team has become less communicative and more negative when we do communicate. Some team members describe themselves as having PTSD from last year’s issues and most of us are looking for new career opportunities.

Although I am usually upbeat, I have been more negative than usual. I used to try to keep the morale up, but I now think we would all be better leaving the company.”

I’m so glad that this team member joined the Academy! It illustrates the devastating effects of lack of positive leadership and compliments, and what happens when there’s no recognition for a team. This team member can now apply positive leadership, even though the leaders don’t “get it”.

Engaging co-workers

Everyone can influence the culture to be more positive, but, sometimes, leaders might have more leverage than team members. Here’s another example of what positive leadership can bring about:

“The culture needle is moving from a 3 to 5. The move is a result of new leadership’s efforts to engage staff in being part of the management process as opposed to the previous leader’s practice of telling you what to do with no input from staff.

The number of positive comments is increasing and they are more genuine. Comments were made before that on the surface appeared positive but in reality were negative. Staff started to devalue any comments because of the manner in which they were delivered. It was interesting to watch peoples reactions when they were being “praised”: words and body language did not match up.”

Show don’t tell

This student shares that a positive culture is visible: you can see people’s nonverbal communication, sense the energy, and listen to the language they use. This yields insights right away and might give you ideas where to start influencing or changing the culture.

This case also illustrates “simple” solutions to developing a more positive culture: asking more questions to engage people. Using positive language if you mean it: being genuine. That’s easier said than done, and that’s why we include personal development exercises in the Academy. How can you be more positive as a leader or team member? It’s not a trick you do without being truthful. It’s what you embody.

This authenticity is what someone else labeled “attitude” in our class discussion:

“I would give an 8 to our culture. We have defined core values that we use to shape culture, and part of our criteria for hiring is to hire for attitude. I would hire for attitude over skill anytime unless it was a specific technical skill.”

Yes, you can hire for culture fit and positive attitude. But it can be learned as well! Martin Seligman proved that optimistic or pessimistic thinking is an acquired thinking habit. Attitude is not carved in stone.

What others say about our Positive Culture curriculum

Are you curious about joining the Academy? Here’s what some learners experienced.

“This Academy has an authentic/scientifically proven approach and is practical. All the questions form an excellent, exhaustive checklist to diagnose a situation and find paths for change with a specific client. Sometimes a single phrase you say in a video can make my week. One example… one of the most enlightening things you said is that “reality is the present plus its potential”. This can change people’s thinking about their own possibilities for positive transformation. I used this phrase during a one day workshop on agile project management (where I tell people that we can only act in the present moment) and at the end of the day, a majority of the participants told me that your “phrase” was a complete enlightenment to them and made their day.” Claude Emond, Management Consultant, Canada

“I like the content, the easy style of the course and the way that the content and learning points (PDFs) are broken down into such easy to manage chunks. The questions help me as they force me to reflect and internalize the learning, rather than just watching the videos and nodding. Also, your personal comments in the group are great! Like having our own mentor. What I’m learning is also very related to my day job, so can apply the learning in real time, which makes it very powerful.  The Academy is thought-provoking, refreshing, and energizing.” Frances Clayton, Change Manager, Middle-East

“I appreciate the many angles of positive culture being presented. The PCA is definitely providing a holistic approach. The personal preparation work really spoke to me. I’ve always felt, deep down, that we all need to first go within before we reach out to others. This Academy is holistic, sincere, and actionable.” Crystal Sittser, Manager Internal Controls, USA

“High-quality content delivered in digestible bits. It is easily actionable! It is a social movement! This Academy is High-quality, Inspiring, and Deep.” Vadivu Govind, Consultant, Singapore

“The videos are good, the checklist and questions make me think about what I can apply that week. This Academy is motivating, thoughtful, applicable.” Dolores Fabregas, Regional sales manager, USA

What’s in it for you? You can learn with an energized group of people to develop more positive organizations. Here are some questions to start:

  • How positive is your current culture, on a scale of 1 to 10?
  • Are you open to improving that score?
  • Could you start by acknowledging what is going well and handing out some compliments?
  • Or would your first step be to ask more questions to engage your co-workers?
  • How positive is your attitude? If it’s not positive enough, how can you adopt an optimistic thinking habit?

Now what?

Join this Academy if you want to learn more. We’re starting a new class in September if you want to learn with and from others! If not, you can start today. It’s also self-paced. Email me if you’re interested in a proposal to do the Academy with your team.

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