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Ideas, Questions

Define the culture.

There is a culture behind, beyond, throughout, and above everything you are a part of – whether it’s a job, a team, a PTA board, a family, a relationship – all if has a culture.

It’s not just what you do (a valid question) or why you do it (a great question), but what it means to do it.  I’m not talking about the systems and schedules and format of your job (this isn’t a “how” question).  I mean what it feels like, looks like, smells like, even tastes like to do what you do.  That’s culture.

Every person involved has a role or some influence when it comes to creating this culture.  And I’d even argue that culture has the most impact on what you produce.  Yet it is often and easily ignored, unknown, or undefined.

So if you aren’t thinking about the culture of what you do, maybe now’s the time to start.  I think it’s at least worth a single conversation with your coworkers, teammates, family, board members, etc.  Who knows, maybe it’s the key to unlocking whatever problem or issue you’re stuck in.

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About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.

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