Culture is a buzzword now in the sporting world, but the increased attention rarely leads to an in-depth discussion of what culture actually means, what it looks like in practice, and how you go about improving culture. The March theme on HMMR Media is culture and we hope to help create a deeper conversation, starting with this week’s episode of the GAINcast, where Vern draws on his decades of experience to explain examples of what does and doesn’t work in the world of culture, and how culture must be adapted to the situation.
Notes and quotes
Throughout the episode we reference many coaches, teams, sports, and businesses. For more information on these references, check out the “further reading” section below.
Thoughts on culture
- 4:00 – Digging deeper into culture and why it is so hard. “Culture is hard work; you can never relax and say you’ve got it.”
- 6:15 – Thoughts on the book The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle. “Culture is a set of living relationships working towards a shared goal. It is not something you are; it is something you do. “
- 8:30 – 3 skills for building culture.
- 11:00 – Learning both good and bad practices from the business world.
- 12:30 – The role of traditional culture in team culture.
- 14:00 – Getting beyond the words and looking at actions: examples of how actions can build culture, but can also destroy culture. “Culture only starts to change with actions match the words. “
Practical examples of good and bad culture
- 16:30 – A case study in culture growth and decline with University of Oregon football.
- 20:00 – How culture needs to change with the team, and sustaining excellence.
- 22:00 – Lessons from working with the mets and the book You Win in the Locker Room First: “Culture, both good and bad, is driven by the leaders. ” “Culture drives expectation and beliefs. Expectations and beliefs drive behvaior. Behavior drives habits. And habits create the future. “
- 25:30 – The interplay between team culture and the wider culture of the sport or community. “There is not just one good culture that can be applied in all environments.”
- 27:15 – How culture is integrated into programming and examples from John Pryor.
- 29:30 – A look at creating autonomy, the Golden State Warriors, and making culture adaptable.
- 32:45 – Balancing change with the existing culture. “Understanding how things have been done before doesn’t mean you need to keep doing them that way, but it helps you know how to start the process of change. ” “Good culture doesn’t happen by accident. “
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
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- The site theme of the month is culture. Also don’t forget to join HMMR Plus so you don’t miss more o nthis topic. Sign up and get access to numerous webinars, online meetups, articles, our sports science newsletter, and more. Through our collaboration with GAIN, HMMR members you can also take a look at prior GAIN presentations.
- Some additional episodes where you can learn about culture: GAINcast 8 on culture, as well as interviews with Danny Kerry on GAINcast 102, Clay Erro on GAINcast 90, Chris Webb on GAINcast 66 and the Carmel Swim Club on GAINcast 52.
- Books recommended on this episode: The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle; The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. by Daniel Coyle; You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith; and The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently…and Why by Richard Nisbett.