Culture moves us. It moves our thinking, it moves our behavior, it moves the way we connect the dots in making sense of our world. Whether we're aware of it or not.
The culture of each of the organizations we belong to - family, faith, teams, school, state, nation - impacts us in many ways. Some of that impact is quite overt, some of it running deeply in the background of our unconscious mind.
Here's why. Humans, above and beyond all currently known life forms, have brains of size and processing speed that FAR exceeds those of other "creatures." Add to that the fact that our brains have plasticity, or malleability (Doidge, 2007).
Culture, then, is the downstream effect of our ability to change and adapt and reroute and problem solve and discern and relate and ............................. to LEARN!
So what? (you may be thinking).
Leaders must be (or become) master teachers, to affect the learning that culture shaping requires.
What is it that we should be teaching? The three components of culture, I believe:
1) Ways of THINKING
2) Ways of BEHAVING
3) Ways of SYMBOLIZING
That teaching is best done with great intentionality (I also believe).
Lead on! Teach on!