5 Small Business Culture Killers and What You Can Do About Them

To create a strong culture for your business, it's not enough to implement certain behaviors and attitudes. You also have to be careful to avoid these 5 business culture killers.

Negative attitudes are poison to any team. Negativity destroys confidence, morale, motivation, and communication – all important aspects of your organization.

The best way to combat negativity is with positivity. Foster a positive attitude among your team. Positivity is reflected in these characteristics:

Gossip creates divisions between a team. It creates insiders and outsiders. It's also a distraction that can ruin relationships. Remember – Relationships Are Key!

The root cause of gossip is often lack of communication. A small gripe or problem grows behind someone's back because their team members can't say it directly or in a positive way. A good way to prevent gossip is to make sure that you have open communication, and deal with gossip quickly to nip it in the bud when it arises.

When team members are blaming each other, this means that there is a lack of personal responsibility. Instead of taking responsibility for their own actions or behaviors, your team members begin blaming others. This then leads to conflict.

You can teach accountability through one-on-one coaching. Work with each team member to identify obstacles, create strategies, and monitor progress. They'll learn to be more accountable to you and eventually themselves.

If you're holding meetings that aren't absolutely vital and interesting to each member of your team, this could lead to disengagement. A meeting will be seen as a time waster that interrupts your team members from getting their important work done.

Streamline your meetings. Create a schedule for each and make sure that each item truly needs to be discussed with everyone. If it's an issue that only relates to a few members, have a smaller meeting with them or meet them one on one.

Another way to make meetings more efficient is to "flip" them. Flipping a meeting means presenting the meeting content before you actually meet. Then, the meeting is just time for discussion, activities, feedback, or questions.

Ask yourself, “Can the information I need to share be sent in an email?”

Always make sure that you give credit and praise where it's due, and recognize your team members for their achievements. Make sure all team members understand that they're appreciated and completely essential to your organization.

Coach your team both in groups and as individuals. Train them to innovate and be leaders. When you add coaching to your own skillset, you can build a team that is resistant to these 5 business culture killers.

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