To prosper in a challenging business environment, businesses can benefit from applying what Buddha recommended: “Make a change within before expecting miracles outside…

One way to do this is to sow the seeds of cultural unity across your organization. Culture is the key element that binds the organization from within and extends its reputation outside. It takes years to build a strong culture but keep in mind that, like a legacy, it is passed from one business generation to another.

“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” – JC Maxwell

Culture of Unity — The Pillars of Productivity

For an organization to win out against competition and in down turns, it must perform impeccably year after year. The pillars of productivity provide a base for logical thinking and establishing a culture of unity in an organization.

  • Leadership

The difference between successful leadership and mediocre depends on the character of an organization’s leaders. Ideas should be shared and propagated, which can only happen when the leadership is strong and unbiased. When there is a culture of strong leadership, it’s easier to build a culture of unity.

  • Unity

With technology driving business, it’s easier to build unity in an organization. From sharing ideas to confronting conflicts, technology has essentially created a platform that improves collaboration and cooperation, and productivity. Team games, employee engagement activities, and training programs add to the bonding of a team.

  • Knowledge

Does every employee know the mission, vision and objectives of the organization? Apart from the corporate identity, knowledge of personal accountability and respect for fellow employees is what builds the foundation for unity. Cultural policies focused on positive team building support and benefit  a culture of unity at all levels, and above all, extends to the clients. They all connect with being a part of the bigger picture.

  • Commitment to change

Be it in terms of technology or the way new employees are hired, you should always make way for change. The true test of any organization is its capability to withstand tough challenges and turn hurdles into opportunities. It ushers the path to graciously accept change as the “symbol” of existence and adaptability.

Is it possible to achieve complete unity in an organization?

For leaders and followers, most individuals want to believe in the vision of their organization and their part in achieving it. Everyone may not identify with loyalty and unity in a business culture. This is where leadership and mentoring come into the picture.

Focuses to build a culture of unity:

  • Leadership and strategic thinking
  • Organic communication with personalization
  • Healthy employee engagement, collaboration and bonding
  • Innovation and idea incubators

Achieving the Buddha vision in your business

The culture of unity reflects an organization’s inherent attitude to enforcing collaboration processes and loyalty supported by leadership. The process of building this culture starts from the moment you start screening a candidate, followed by hiring and then onboarding. As long as your hiring strategy is clear, you can build a team that supports a culture of unity and achieve your Buddha vision in your organization.

References: Culture Vulture: 2016 Trends Report