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Tech Leader Marva Bailer: Five Things Business Leaders Can Do To Create A Fantastic Work Culture

Remaining humble and knowing the definition of success is personal. Sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly, not just the pretty result. Encouraging personal success versus comparison to others. “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” John Wooden

  • Invest in sharing meals, coffee, and snacks as a productive experience, not a cost center
  • Refrain from “E- Speak” — (corporate jargon)
  • Get outside your organization, team, or circle of influence to gain new perspectives. For example, the US workforce can learn from other countries business models to harness the broader global economy.
  • Embrace Artificial Intelligence and technology for monotony and repetitive work.
  • Focus on continued learning, re-skilling, re-training, and being ready for new roles, known or unknown.
  • Embrace multi-generational knowledge and re-think the hierarchies in most corporations where tenure equals authority.
  • Hone Your “Sense-Making” Skills — In today’s high-stakes, complex, ambiguous, and fast-moving situations, you don’t have the luxury of time. You need to dive in and start making things happen. This means you must take an active approach to make sense of your new challenges. Be curious and willing to experiment. Ask, “Why?” “How? and “Why not?” I am known for asking lots and lots of questions. I ask to learn not just the true answer to the question but to observe the decision process, attitudes, cultural norms, background, and conviction. I keep dynamics and look three to four steps ahead.
  • Internalize Experiences and Lessons Learned — don’t defend but reflect on others’ opinions.
  • Adapt and Apply — Leverage intuition and lead with your heart (or gut). Feeling confident with decisions, not overthinking or second guessing.
  1. Actively seeking out and bringing visibility and celebration of others’ success by leveraging my social platforms and circles of influence.
  2. Leveraging corporate resources funding, talent/ volunteerism, and including access to technology to scale and accelerate impact for nonprofit organizations.
  3. Writing it down, sharing ideas and resources so others can incorporate positivity into their workplace. I wrote BE Unexpected to share my learnings from my 20+ year leadership career.
  4. Actively seeking and collaborating with others in social and professional circles who have different views, experiences, professions, and education than me. Appreciating and sharing the knowledge gained to appreciate and value diverse perspectives.
  5. Use words of affirmation and love in professional settings. Embrace and support the challenges of others. Compete not to take something from another but to make us both stronger. “Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart.” ― Ziad K. Abdelnour



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