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4 tips to build a can-do culture

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One of the healthiest signs of a strong organizational culture involves employees’ attitudes. Do they confront challenges with gusto? Or do they seem defeated from the start?

Top leaders create a “yes we can” environment. Everyone feels they can accomplish pretty much anything. They exercise the freedom to test their limits and enjoy the support of their team to achieve ambitious goals.

The ability to sustain this culture isn’t just a test of strong leadership. It also de­­pends on the character of the workforce.

When employees exhibit these four attitudes, it’s usually a good sign of a “yes we can” culture:

1. Try, try again. If an initiative fails, the resilient response is to make adjustments and try again. Those who combine the determination to achieve ambitious goals with an adaptable attitude tend to persevere amid any adversity. A willingness to say, “Let’s try another way” can drive home success.

2. A sense of humor. Happy people are more apt to embrace a “yes we can” approach. Their ability to laugh at themselves and spread good humor throughout the organization creates a more open environment where people take risks and test new strategies.

3. Bouncing back quickly. The key is nurturing a culture of resiliency where everyone bounces back without fretting about what’s wrong. By spotlighting their most positive contributors and praising them for learning from their mistakes, leaders lay the groundwork for long-term triumphs.

4. Openness to change. In cooperative workplaces, staffers support each other and reinforce their shared desire to get something done and make the best of change.

—Adapted from “5 Attitudes of a ‘Yes We Can’ Culture,” Steve Wood, www.steveonleadership.com.

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