My experience is that many organizations routinely push employees to their absolute limit. It becomes a game of three dimensional chess you cannot win. Teams short-change the hard work required to build shared understanding. The organization rewards freneticism, velocity, and “stretch” goals. No one really understands each other. And no one is present enough — amidst the stress and adrenaline — to do the hard work of building shared understanding. Yet we plod on, because we identify with the myth of the multi-tasking, “great communicator” superhero.
…how useful this will be to anyone else, but the lesson I’m taking for myself going forward is this: if you want to build an inclusive culture, build a minimum culture. Build it around professionalism, boundaries, and work-life balance. Make sure your senior staff walks the walk, and spreads the word.