Last night there was a change at the highest levels of leadership in our country, Malcolm Turnbull ousted Tony Abbott as Prime Minster. Putting the politics to one side, the first promise this new leader made was to the culture of the new government. In his words “as we all know culture is everything… a culture of engagement, of consultation, of collaboration is so absolutely critical”.
Every business / government has the same critical success factors: culture, people, strategy, communication, technology and processes. Culture is the listed as the first critical success factor because all other factors are guided by it and dependent upon it. It was refreshing to hear the new PM lead with culture for this very reason.
The new PM made his case for change in leadership on the need for a new culture. He believes that the right behavioral priorities for him and his followers to adopt are engagement, consultation and collaboration and that this will deliver electoral success.
Identifying and committing to a new culture was not only a tactical message to separate this leadership from the last, it also provided a direction for the future and importantly set the measures of success on which this dramatic action will be judged.
Success or failure for this new team will based on how successfully that can align these ideals with the strategy and operation of running a government and ultimately gaining the support of the electorates.
Whether or not this is the right culture for Turnbull to pursue and how well he delivers on this promise will be decided over time. What we can learn from this is, that modern leaders know they must take control of their cultures because it influences everything. As the new PM said “culture is the everything”.
More and more I am finding myself working in with business leaders and owners wanting to achieve “a better culture”. After years of looking for the magic solution of how to have a thriving profitable business with happy, productive staff the search is over and we now know that the solution is culture.
The easiest step to take with culture is identifying what needs to change, just as the new PM has. Unfortunately this is where many people think it ends. The work and the real benefits come from embedding the new culture into how things are done otherwise it is all words and no action.
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