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Episode 067: Growing Culture and Success at Scale (Top Replay)
Welcome to the 2021 End of Summer Podcast Series – where I’m taking a fresh look at the 7 most downloaded podcast episodes over the past year!
Growing Culture and Success at Scale
The episode we’re starting with today is the most downloaded – Episode 36 with Barry Barber, Executive Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Kimley Horn.
Our focus was on “Growing Culture and Success at Scale”.
“Culture does not need to be complicated. Culture is nothing more than behavior – the collection of behaviors we reward, incentivize, encourage, or allow to occur in our organization.”
–Peter C. Atherton, P.E.
As I’m doing with each of these top downloaded episodes, I went back and re-listened.
And for this series listened with a new lens – one focused on where we are today with all new and emerging challenges we’re facing as leaders, leadership teams, and firms.
“Culture” is one of the prime topics being asked about today by leaders and leadership teams related to effective and strategic organizational development… and it is also one of the topics I focus on in my new book coming out later this year on ReDesigning Work.
Creating the conditions for – and instilling – a “thriving”, healthy culture – one that drives employee engagement especially during challenging times – is a core leadership function, along with business strategy, diversity, innovation, and sustainability.
Based on what Barry shared, here the 5 keys to growing culture and success at scale:
- Having a culture mindset.
- Having a people and relationship focus
- Having a collaboration and internal partnership mandate
- Thinking “next-level up”
- Having a system of accountability
Every firm’s ideal approach to culture – how you do work and the values behind such – will be different – and that’s absolutely necessary and appropriate.
So, as you take-in again – or for the first time – this top downloaded podcast, think about how you and your team can best design and document the actual behaviors and an overall “behavioral framework” needed to realize your greater success.
“The fact is, we already have a culture; the question is, whether that culture – that collection of behaviors we reward, incentivize, encourage, or allow… is “healthy” or not… or if it’s consistent across our firm or project teams… or whether it’s consistent with our values.”
–Peter C. Atherton, P.E.
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Peter C. Atherton, P.E. is an AEC industry insider having spent more than 20 years as a successful professional civil engineer, principal, major owner, and member of the board of directors for high-achieving firms. Pete is now the President and Founder of ActionsProve, LLC, author of Reversing Burnout. How to Immediately Engage Top Talent and Grow! A Blueprint for Professionals and Business Owners, and the creator of the I.M.P.A.C.T. process. Pete works with AEC firms and leaders to grow and advance their success through modern and new era focused strategic planning and implementation, executive coaching, leadership and management development, performance-based employee engagement, and corporate impact design.