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Developing a Culture of Lifelong Learning

When evaluating a potential employer, the guiding principles, as well as how they are used in business decisions, speak volumes about the company culture and values. Said another way, for you to know whether you will “fit” a company’s culture, you would do well to know these values and understand their importance to the culture. The reason for this is that for a culture to be real, every team member must be aligned with the culture and guiding principles.

The brands within the Share On Purpose portfolio are constantly innovating. For this reason, a principle specific to knowledge acquisition needed to be included and defined. The founding leaders of Share On Purpose asked a few bold questions: How do we build a “learning organization” in an uncertain, rapidly changing world? And, how can the management team be mentored so they lead with these values consistently? Ultimately the goal was to strengthen the culture and service offerings while evolving, expanding and innovating our way to success.

To help answer these questions, a look at the Millennial generation and their “just-in-time learning” philosophy provided valuable insight. Millennials are incredibly resourceful knowledge seekers and quick to learn. They don’t learn because they are told to, or simply to accumulate knowledge. They learn what they need, when they need it, and then apply that knowledge to enhance their lives or grow their careers.

With the help of Share On Purpose’s initial culture team members, the principle adopted regarding training and mentoring was “New Knowledge – Learn it as you need it.” Knowledge is (and always has been) power, which is why a college degree became a necessary management criterion in the baby boomer era. The problem with the accumulation of knowledge today is that our world is changing so fast that most skills are outdated less than a year after they are learned.

For our guiding principles to resonate with the way generations now learn, we had to rethink traditional training models and embrace the “just-in-time learning” modality. That meant defining the value, New Knowledge, and rethinking the Career Matrix to introduce certain management skills as leaders’ careers were evolving. It also meant creating the Share School Online Leadership Training Portal, so that training would be available when emerging leaders needed it, rather than wait for when it would be taught.

There are many things that contribute to building a performance culture, but one of the most important is to use a defined set of values so that leadership and business decisions align with the culture; and then to embed the values into all facets of the organization, especially training.

For Share On Purpose, the guiding principles provide the anchor to the culture from which all decisions, actions, and services are measured against.

If this sounds like an organization you’d like to be a part of, view our available positions and apply now.

Finding Purpose Through Authenticity

Authenticity is a powerful concept, meaning:

  • To be real and transparent
  • To operate from a place of conviction, principle and discipline
  • To relate to others in a way that’s genuine, human and connected

To be truly fulfilled, we must strive to live and lead this way. But what happens when we turn the spotlight on ourselves? What would we encounter when examining our work, personal fulfillment and confidence? If they don’t align, are we prepared to take concrete steps based on what we find? This is what Spenser Lewis, Engagement Manager at Promote On Purpose, did that turned her life in a new direction.

A Personal Transformation

Growing up, Spenser didn’t think she had a lot to say or give. Many of her thoughts went unexpressed because she doubted whether she had anything of value to add to any situation or discussion. She constantly worried about what other people would think or say.

With time and experience, however, Spenser learned to release her personal inhibitions to experience the freedom of being herself no matter what. Then an even greater transformation occurred when she took a deep look at her life and decided something had to change.

“I needed something to push me to higher heights,” she said. “I was complacent and comfortable. I was going through the motions and I needed a clear direction for my life. I needed to be authentic. Who was I really? How could I find my purpose and a path that’s mine to follow?”

This quest lead her to Dallas, where she started a career at Share On Purpose.

“I believe I am more confident today because I took that huge step.  Being authentic gives you a boost of confidence, you take strides and risks you never thought you could take, all because you dared to be the real you. You took the time to find yourself and love who you truly are.”

Finding oneself takes personal reflection and introspection, however, authenticity in dealing with others is just as critical. As Spenser says, “You need authentic people around you. The more open and real everyone is, the more success a team can experience. I have had managers in the past who weren’t effective, not because they didn’t know how to do their jobs but because they weren’t relatable. I was looking for realness and openness and that was lacking.”

On Authentic Leadership

As a growing leader, Spenser recognizes the role authenticity plays in her career growth.

“Being authentic as a leader is what’s going to help me improve my teams’ work experience, get results and succeed. I want to be known as a genuine leader, who not only works to get results but whom my team is excited to work with. You earn trust from your team when you’re authentic. And that starts with knowing yourself, your style of communication and your unique way of approaching your work.”

Spenser hopes to continue to inspire her current and future team members by encouraging openness and communication. “There’s always room for another perspective. Another type of thought process.  As they say, ‘Two heads are better than one.’ And because we make decisions and approach issues based on our personal experiences, there’s a richness to working on a team that encourages communication on every level.”

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