Being a leader is tough enough. And when you add a toxic workplace culture? Downright demoralizing. When I interviewed Chris Edmonds for his latest book The Culture Engine: A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming Your Workplace, we had a very interesting discussion about how leaders can excel even when working in a less-than-ideal organizational culture. Leaders working in this type of work environment may wonder, “Why bother? There’s no way I can make any difference.” In the book, Chris writes that leaders can make a difference, no matter what type of organizational culture they belong to. Frankly, I was skeptical. So I asked Chris, “Why you are so confident that one person can make a difference in his or her department, when it is toxic nearly everywhere else in the organization?”
And Chris said something that really struck me: a leader who wants to make a difference in a toxic workplace is like a person “living in this weird house.” That image really caught my imagination, so I ran with it and wrote Life in the Weird House: Creating a Pocket of Excellence within a Toxic Workplace for LinkedIn. In the article, I share four things any leader can do to create what Chris calls a “pocket of excellence.”
So, go on over to LinkedIn, read it and let me know what you think: can leaders create a “happy bubble” in an otherwise dysfunctional work environment?
If you want to learn more about the concepts in this book, read the Culture Engine series , which features my interview with Chris, as well as other posts related to his book. Are you on social media? Check out #TheCultureEngine to follow trending topics on this book.
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