A Code of Honor is the cornerstone of the culture of any organization because it is the physical manifestation of its thoughts, ideals and philosophies. People talk about creating culture in organizations. I have been part of several large culture creations, revitalizations and change initiatives with clients. The core of the culture and the number-one tool used to establish, refresh, broadcast and demonstrate the culture is the Code of Honor.
Developing a Code of Honor creates accountability and a feeling of support and is a powerful statement of who you are and what your team stands for. It defines you and your goals. It’s that important. So how do you develop a Code of Honor that all team players will respect and adhere to, whether it’s in your business, your family or your community? That’s what you’re about to find out.
• In the absence of rules, people make up their own.
• Successful people and groups have a very clear Code of Honor that is easy to understand and is not negotiable.
• Developing a Code of Honor creates accountability and a feeling of support and is a powerful statement of who you are and what your team stands for.
1. Discuss with your team examples of close games, great comebacks and championship results in sports and business. Talk about what you think made the difference, beyond talent.
2. Cite examples of organizations that had rules but didn’t follow them. Have the team discuss their opinions of those organizations.
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Every great team, culture, society, religion or business that has endured time, adversity and challenge has always had one thing in common: a set of simple but powerful rules that govern the internal behaviors and expectations of that group. It is called The Code of Honor. We hear of these Codes when we think of things like The Ten Commandments, the Marine Corps or the Constitution.
Yet if sales is the number one skill in business, number two has to be the ability to bring ordinary people together to build a championship team. This does not happen by chance or by the simple accumulation of talent. The Code is the core ingredient to creating winning organizations.
The book is a step-by-step guide for any individual, group or company to actually create a Code of Honor specific to their team. The Rich Dad Poor Dad Advisor series was designed as a “how-to” series to empower individuals to succeed in the world of business and finance. “Team Code of Honor” is critical to this series because its processes bridge all facets of business, investment, entrepreneurship and even personal life. The book explains through graphic examples, stories and numerous case studies how a Code or set of rules is created, maintained, enforced and used for rapid and controlled growth of any entity.
The book is designed as an operating manual for putting any business team together. It steps you all the way from properly choosing players, to creating the Code, to increasing performance and to winning. Each chapter gives the team specific assignments and examples so that by the time you have completed the book, your Code is in place and your team is operating at a true championship level.