Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What's Your Group Culture?

Last month, we shared some ideas from a great book we recently read: How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen. He writes about different principles that can make companies, groups, and even families more successful. One of these principles is a group culture.

Christensen quotes former MIT professor Edgar Schein: "Culture is a way of working together toward common goals that have been followed so frequently and so successfully that people don't even think about trying to do things another way. If a culture has formed, people will autonomously do what they need to do to be successful."

A real group culture doesn't happen immediately. Instead, it comes about as team members work together, solve problems, and figure out what works best for the team as a whole.

As 4Life distributors working to build a successful group, there will be times when challenges or problems arise. How you handle such challenges will help define your role as a leader and develop your group culture. In short, you'll determine what's most important for your group, and help everyone reach their goals.

Christensen writes that a group culture will emerge, whether or not you make a point to develop it or not. So, what do you want most for your group? How do you want your team members to work together? We hope you'll make a conscious effort to put in place a group culture that your whole team will embrace and build upon for individual and collective success.

Here are a few photos of great 4Life groups at Convention 2012: Passport to Freedom!