Culture is about the human stories that shape who we become together at work. It cannot be constructed or fabricated. It’s already there, alive in the hearts of those who make it happen each day .
I recently attended The Thriving Workplace event at Atlassian on how they empower their people to thrive. Listening to the way that they have maintained their commitment to a vibrant, inclusive workplace through significant scale to now over 3,000 employees globally was inspiring.
For me it was also personal. My oldest friend, Rosie who I met in first year university, was a very early employee. Sadly, Rosie passed away almost five years ago, far too young to go for any of us that had the privilege to know her.
I was introduced to one of Rosie’s previous colleagues and the first thing I learnt was that one of the colours in their brand palette was named “Rosie” after her. To this day when the brand colours are reviewed people are reminded of why this one matters. She was their first employee to become a Mum and go on maternity leave when she had her beautiful daughter, 11 years ago.
From discussions with her, Rosie was not only remembered but deeply appreciated and respected to this day.
After touring the Atlassian building and hearing about how much thought had gone into making the workplace a Thriving one; including children and pets allowed at work, food being served each day and open plan, collaborative environments, I landed back in their staff gathering area with the Thriving Workplace community, to see a beautifully bound and illustrated book all about Rosie. It was a book that captured many moments of Rosie’s work and contribution to Atlassian with quotes from her co-workers about what they appreciated about working with her.
What was meant to be a buzzy networking event quickly turned to a deeply reflective and emotional time for me as I sat down at a table and saw Rosie’s incredible work story unfold before my eyes.
I always knew that she was part of the group of 8 staff who captured the five famous Atlassian values, but I did not know that it was Rosie who put the “heart” in “build with heart and balance”. Rosie was never someone to brag about her achievements. I also didn’t know that The Atlassian Foundation and Room to Read, a non-profit organization focused on literacy and gender equality in education, established a library in dedication to her in Cambodia.
Culture is about the human stories that shape who we become together at work. It cannot be constructed or fabricated. It’s already there, alive in the hearts of those who make it happen each day. And the leaders’ role? It starts with tuning in enough to notice what is colouring the many connections of culture’s intricate web. It continues with upholding what makes the culture unique and including what needs to belong; people -past and present, events- joyous and sad, and rituals that preserve the whole story in its intricacy.
Thriving Culture Taster
Discover how to crack the performance code of your organisation.
Leading Well is excited to present our Thriving Culture Taster.
Our next session is on 22 August 2019, 09.00-10.30am. This session will be presented by the Leading Well Team and Vanessa Fudge.
Culture is not really about behaviour – it’s about mindset. If you focus on changing behaviour at best you’re only going to get incremental shifts in culture. And even more importantly, it’s not about any mindset, it’s about leadership mindset! Your leadership culture determines how your organisation performs and behaves. Your culture will never evolve beyond the mindset of your leaders!
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