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Constantly talked about – not often thought about

It’s become one of the major focuses for business in the last few years. Sports teams are constantly talking about it and whenever there are issues in society, it becomes a major focus.

So what about the family? The basic building block of a strong society? It’s interesting that the majority of us have never given it a second thought.

It is possible to have the family you want, the question is; what sort of family do you want?

You can create the family you want; the attitudes, values and behaviour you would like in your household. And your children can become successful in whatever they choose to do.

Here are some points about culture you may have never considered:

Every group of people, from business, to sports teams, school, church, the classroom and family has a culture.

Families who deliberately create the culture they want, end up with the environment & family they want. Those who don’t deliberately create the culture they want end up…well, wherever they end up.

Culture manages the outcome of an organisation and its individuals without having to manage every activity of each individual. It becomes ‘self policing.’ As a parent, this makes family life so much easier and a whole lot more fun.

Have you ever walked into a home and it felt out of control? Like no one was in control or leading the home (except maybe the kids)? This is not uncommon. Then you can go into other homes and there seems like a peace about the household. The kids could be running around, playing, laughing, having a great time, but there’s a different ‘feel’ to the home.

Whenever you have a group of 2 or more people, there is a culture. Every home, every family has a culture. The second home in the analogy above has a deliberate culture. The first one has a culture, but not one that has been planned or designed.

So what is culture?

According to the Oxford dictionary, culture is:

the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society:
the attitudes and behaviour characteristic of a particular social group

According to Michael Hyatt, chairman and former CEO of Thomas Nelson publishers and owner of one of the most highly read blogs on the planet, a culture is defined by the behaviour of its leaders.

Have you set a deliberate culture in your family and home?

Check back next week and we’ll start to look at

– Who sets culture
– 3 simple things culture is based on
– Your role in the culture of your home

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