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Culture of Grit in an organisation builds passion

By culture, she don't mean the geographic or political boundaries that divides one people from another as much as the invisible psychological boundaries separating us from them.

Dr. Angela Duckworth in her book Grit has explained about the culture of Grit. she says, Whether we realise it or not, the culture in which we live and with which we identify, powerfully shapes just about every aspect of our being.

By culture, she don't mean the geographic or political boundaries that divides one people from another as much as the invisible psychological boundaries separating us from them. At this core, a culture is defined by the shared norms and value of a group of people. In other words, A distinct culture exists anytime a group of people are in consensus about how we do things around here and why.  As far how the rest of the world operates, the sharper the contrast, the stronger the bond among those in what psychologist call the "in -group" .

So it is that the Seattle sea hawks and the KIPP Charter schools - as much as any nation - are bonafide cultures. If you are a sea hawk, you are not just a football player. If you are a KIPPster, you are not just a student. Seahawks and Kippsters do things in a certain way and they do so for certain reason. Likewise, West point has a distinct culture - One that is more than two centuries old and yet as we will soon discover, continues to evolve.

For many of us, the companies we work for are an important cultural force in our lives, For instance, growing up, my dad like to refer to himself as a DuPonter. All the pencils in or house were company issued, and embossed with phrases like safety first and my dad would light up every time a Dupont commercial came on television, sometimes even chiming with the voice over: "Better Things for Better Living." I think my dad only met the CEO of Dupont a handful times, but he would tell stories of his good judgement the way you might speak of a family war hero.

How do you know You are part of a culture that, in a very real sense , has become part of you? when you adopt a culture you make a categorical allegiance to that in-group. You are not sort of a sea hawk or sort of a west pointer. You either are or you are not. You are in the group or out of it. You can use a noun,  not just an adjective or  a verb, to describe your commitment. So much depends, as it turns out , on which in-group you commit to.

The bottomline on culture and Grit is if you want to be grittier, find a gritty culture and join it. If you are a leader and you want the people in your organisation to be grittier, create a gritty culture.

Disclaimer: This article was originally published on HappyHo and is republished here with permission.


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