Episode 44: Set Your Temperature. Lead and Create Your Culture – Jason Barger

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Episode 44 Show Notes:

Work to proactively shape the culture around you! Be a thermostat. Not a thermometer.

Guest Jason Barger; a dynamic keynote speaker, storyteller, established author and fellow podcaster; joins us to talk about CULTURE.  Every human being is part of a group of some kind.  Why do some groups/organizations succeed and others merely maintain?  Those that thrive are proactively shaping the culture around them.  They are “thermostats”.  Not “thermometers”.  Want to know more?  Check out our podcast!  

1:40 – About Jason. – For 10 years Jason led 1,700+ people to build 125 houses internationally for families living in poverty.  He’s also received numerous recognitions including the “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things” award.

2:38 – Overview of Jason’s best selling book “Thermostate Cultures”. – Be intentional about the culture you are currently experiencing, but also about what the culture is that you proactively want.  

4:01 – “Thermometer Thinking” – Leaders with this type of thinking create a culture like a thermometer – reactionary to external conditions.  This  happens when there isn’t clarity around what you do or how you are committed to doing it. 

4:50 – “Thermostate Mode” – Leaders with this mentality set the temperature (culture) and align their teams/organizations to intentionally keep it there; both in what they do and how they do it.   

6:24 – Culture is your competitive advantage. – Lots of companies can do what you do, but HOW you do it is your differentiator.  Be proactive and set your culture.

6:50 – Are you a “thermometer” or a “thermostat”? – Look at your team.  If there is a disconnect between what they say and what they do, then you’re not in alignment with your culture and need to recalibrate.

10:53 – Change theory and the 6 A’s. – Now for the big question.  How do we go from what we are today to what we want to be tomorrow?  Learn the 6 A’s – assess, align, aspire, articulate, action, anchor.

13:25 – It’s not a drive-thru experience. – Developing people and culture isn’t a drive-thru experience.  It takes time.  Think years down the road and be committed to ongoing development.  

16:40 – Employee retention. – People want to be part of something bigger than themselves – they want to be part of a culture. 

21:30 Connect with Jason
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Listen to his podcast – The Thermostat


Jason Barger is committed to engaging the minds and hearts of people in order to strengthen leadership, culture, and clarity of mission, vision & values. He is a globally celebrated Author / Speaker / Consultant and creator of the Step Back from the Baggage ClaimMovement – featured in the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Kiplinger, Book TV, and many other spots worldwide. His dynamic storytelling and engaging keynote speeches have resonated at global leadership conferences around the world as well as with places like Discover Card, Alliance Data, TEDx, the Society for Human Resource Management, Nationwide Insurance, Stanley Black & Decker, Deloitte, Wendy’s and many more.

Jason is a sought-after Keynote Speaker, visionary, and leadership consultant. As founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting LLC, he works with organizations that are passionate about Culture Change, Leadership Development, Innovation, Service, and bringing their Mission to life every day.

Barger delivers over 70 speeches annually around the world and is passionate about positive change in people, leaders, organizations, and our world!

“Thermostat Cultures” has been a bestseller!!
“ReMember:renewing our memberships, relationships and focus in a distracting world” sold out within days.
“Step Back from the Baggage Claim” include the Business Leader Edition with Howard Behar, former President of Starbucks Coffee.
The Healthcare Leader Edition with Dr. Chip Souba, Dean of the Dartmouth Medical School.
The Education Edition with Christian Long, Global Educational Consultant.