Winning Starts with Culture

The Webster Dictionary defines the word culture in several ways but the one we will focus on in this blog is:  a set of shared attitudes, values, and goals that characterizes an institution or organization.

To win, you must first have a winning culture. Winning attitudes, winning values and winning goals.

If you constantly have a losing attitude because the culture around you has always had that losing attitude, how do you expect to win? You can’t! When times get tough and you need that winning attitude to help push you through but you are constantly hearing or living the losing attitude, the winning attitude cannot push through and allow you to lean on it. Every organization or institution needs a winning attitude, a winning culture! This concept may not always lead you to victory but it will put you in the right mind set that the possibility of winning is there and it over takes the losing possibility because you aren’t even considering it. Start winning by have a winning attitude.

Everyone must share this winning attitude culture. You can’t have the back-ground noise of a couple people allow the train to derail. Let the winning attitudes outshine the losing ones. It must start from the top of the organization to the bottom. From Presidents of companies, Superintendent of a school district, head coach of a sports team and so on. From its fans, its employees, the team, everyone matters in this fight to set a winning culture.

As a leader of an organization or institution you must be the first to set the standard and when others know what the standards are, it is you that they are looking up to, to keep that standard on point. If you have a losing attitude, a losing attitude is what they will follow. It is what they will train, it is what they will practice, it is what they will live and your organization or institution will be affected by it. You can’t expect people to buy what your selling if you don’t buy it yourself.

Winning values are a part of a winning culture. They are just as important as a winning attitude.

As a leader, if you set winning values and demand that these winning values be practiced, taught and utilized, you are stepping in the right direction of a winning culture. You have to remember that you must practice what you preach. What you do, they will do. By winning values I mean, showing up on time or even earlier than expected, taking the high road when all you want to do is go low, keeping your poise and winning attitude in check when faced with controversy, helping others in time of need, getting work done on time, all the time. Winning values help set the foundation for a winning culture.

Just like winning attitudes and winning values, winning goals also help set the foundation for a winning culture.

Leaders should make goals that are winning goals, goals that are achievable. No matter the size of the goal, big or small, make it realistic. If you make non-winning goals, ones that are unrealistic and your follows know that they aren’t realistic, that is all they will focus on. They won’t focus on the goal itself. Even if you have to take a big unrealistic goal and break it down into several winning goals, then as a leader you need to that. The goal of a goal is to achieve that goal. Why not start winning instead of losing. Make your goals winning goals.

So, as I wrap this up, I hope what you have taken from this, is that any organization, team or institution that expects to win, needs to have a winning culture, full of winning attitudes, winning values and winning goals. All of these have one thing in common, winning! Start winning today by having a winning culture.

Chris North





Author: thepositivechrisnorth

A married man of 15 years to my lovely wife Amanda. A father of two wonderful children. My son Devon is 14 and in the 9th grade. My daughter Avery is 12 and in the 6th grade. I am a United State Navy veterans, Head Cross Country Coach for the Fairlawn Jets, a veterans advocate and a real estate agent. I try to live a positive life and be a role model to as many people as I can. I live off positive energy and think it should be a focus point in everyones life. I love to mentor youth and try to make a difference in other peoples life.

2 thoughts on “Winning Starts with Culture”

  1. Chris,

    You are 110% correct in your assessment that culture is critical in the success of any organization. If people like their job or enjoy coming to school then it really doesn’t seem like a job. Valuing people and making things more enjoyable are step one in creating a culture that people enjoy. Knowing your employees and students as people vs. simply a number in my opinion is point critical to a successful environment. Fairlawn was a terrific place before we every got here, but the goal is to make it better! I think we have set a solid foundation based on great kids and families… Empowering students and staff is all I have ever known and it works! Thanks for your blog, it is spot on…

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