The logic is straightforward. Culture is the only sustainable competitive advantage. But if all you do is sustain your culture, your relative advantage erodes over time. The strongest teams restore themselves after losses or injury and create new growth. Thus, culture is indeed a sustainable advantage – but only if it’s regenerative. Oddly enough, the ethics and principles of Permaculture can help you make that happen by meeting people where they are, redirecting momentum and building in self-regeneration.
- Meet people where they are. Take the time to observe and interact so you can meet the organization where it is and converge into its ecosystem before trying to evolve it from the inside.
- Redirect Momentum. Build on already existing patterns. Build interdependent teams. Move step by step. Manage constraints and resources. Pay attention to what’s happening in the margins.
- Build in self-regeneration. Inspire and enable others to do their absolute best together to realize a meaningful and rewarding shared purpose so they continue to perform and evolve long after you have moved on.