Episode 45

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29th Jun 2021

Steps to becoming a culture carrier

Steps to becoming a culture carrier


There is a standard belief that it takes 2-3 years to change a culture.  Do we have this kind of time

when the cultures that are being sought are so relevant to the needs identified for today?

Defining culture carriers:   

  • A culture carrier is someone who has taken the time to have more than a surface knowledge of the company. 
  • A culture carrier can hold a conversation about what the company vision, mission and values mean to them personally.
  • A culture carrier puts culture into action as they work and as they interact with others.

Three steps I recommend towards gaining awareness for becoming a culture carrier:

Step #1: Understand the 3 key elements that intersect to allow culture to come alive! 

Step #2: Explore thoughts, ideas and action that are seen at the intersection of vision, mission and values

Step #3: Put experiences into actions that can be seen.  What you see you can measure. 

The bottom line to culture carriers loosing influence is not lacking in the vision and mission being embraced; it is in the actual living out of the the core values. 

Practical application for you and your team:

1.       Review the 3 key elements of vision, mission, and values and personalize what they mean to each person. This will introduce the idea of culture coming alive! 

2.       Explore more deeply what is anticipated at the intersection of vision, mission and values and identify what it looks like in practical scenarios – both real and imaginary. 

3.       Start to put these ideas into action, putting a tool in place to measure what you see.   

The more you measure and celebrate what culture carriers are doing the more you communicate that there is a way to become a culture carrier.  This is not a mystery.  It is a choice.

Thanks for joining me today.  You can find me on www.healthyleadership.online. I look forward to connecting with you.

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The Art of Leadership
Experienced leader, Niña Ellison, focuses on those seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest skills a leader will ever learn.
The Art of Leadership with Niña Ellison focuses on the soft skills of leadership, their value and the power of their influence. As a leader, if you are interested in moving from success to significance then balancing both hard and soft skills is essential!

Hard skills are demonstrated through technical expertise that results in clearly measured goals being reached. They are vital to the success of any initiative or program. On the other hand, soft skills emphasize the transformation of people more than the transaction of tasks. They highlight behavioral changes and making a difference in people’s lives.

This podcast is for leaders who are seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest soft skills a leader will ever learn. You can connect with Niña at https://www.healthyleadership.online

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Niña Ellison

In 2019, after years of leading teams varying from international disaster relief and healthcare to the US Corporate world, Niña founded Healthy Leadership to focus on her passion for partnering with leaders in their growth and sustainability. Her own journey into soft skill development has convinced her that while her technical skills helped her get her foot in the door, her soft skills moved the influence of her leadership from success to significance.

As a soft skill specialist Niña takes monthly deep dives in her podcast series, The Art of Leadership, to explore the underlying dimensions of soft skills. She knows that soft skill development is not so much about WHAT but HOW a leader leads.

From a 10,000 foot view a leader pursuing soft skills asks, “How do I interact with others; How do I problem solve; How do I manage time and energy?”

From a 1,000-foot view that same leader, as they dig deeper into soft skills, begins asking questions like, “How do I lead myself; How do I listen; or How do I empathize?”

From Ground Zero the leader begins to recognize the underlying dimensions of soft skills as they ask, “How do I build meaningful relationships; How do I sustain hope; How do I demonstrate appropriate love in the workplace; or How do I maintain the right attitude?”

Nina believes that behind every wildly effective and sustainable system and process are leaders and teams who have interwoven soft skills into every phase of their work.