Responding as a Leader to Current Work Culture

Joe Wynne is a versatile Project Manager experienced in delivering medium-scope projects in large organizations that improve workforce performance and business processes. He has a proven track record of delivering effective, technology-savvy solutions in a variety of industries and a unique combination of strengths in both process management and workforce management.

You already know that one of your critical jobs as a leader is to create and maintain an environment that enables high productivity. You have to be aware of and respond to current culture. You have to activate all individuals in a diverse workforce to collaborate confidently. Even when you know that much, specific actions may not be immediately obvious to you, so here are some tactics to help you improve…

Tactic 1: Stay aware of current culture. You will know better how to lead if you know what your workforce is experiencing. Ask yourself:

  1. What is the best way to characterize the culture in general? Is it healthy? Toxic? Just frustrating in certain ways?
  2. Is the workforce reeling from waves of changes?
  3. What obstacles are commonly experienced by the project workforce? What organizational constraints are there?
  4. How would you gauge worker engagement on a scale of 1 to 10?

Tactic 2: Adapt your leadership response to current culture. When you know the culture, you can determine the leadership response that will get the best results in building a productive environment, such as:

  • organizing and scheduling work in a more effective manner
  • monitoring the best areas of focus to help workers avoid obstacles
  • constructing empathetic communications that show you understand the culture, the obstacles and so on, and so can be trusted to help work out options

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