HIDDEN CURRICULUM -or CULTURE!
( Leadership Moment # 52)
A recent involvement with an academic organization and its leader revealed this concept (and phrasing) of a cultural reality. This is something every organization, every leader, every teacher and everyone in a management role needs to ‘GET’!
In their academic environment the issue of a ‘hidden curriculum’ was being pondered. My dialogue with this leader led me to some interesting thought; specifically regarding its application to any leader and any culture. Here’s the question, “What is your Hidden Curriculum?” For them this was all about looking past how great we might be in teaching people within our ‘curriculum’, but what hidden stuff was being conveyed (taught)?
What are the signals you/we are sending as leaders or which the organization is sending to people unintentionally and ignorantly? Despite what a great product we produce or what great service we provide our customers; how are we doing with ‘customer service’ to ourselves? What are internal & external customers actually getting from our hidden curriculum?
Please before you jump to some worn out thing (advised by worthless consultants / tried by program-focused managers), such as ‘let’s all make sure we walk around and say ‘hello’ to everyone every morning”. That is so transparently UN-real and fake – that is just more HIDDEN CURRICULUM messaging we are doing with people. The message?.......
So what is your HIDDEN CURRICULUM? What are you/we ‘teaching’ & modeling as we wander around? I will not attempt to tell you yours, but I’m betting my list resembles your workplace, team or organization (to some degree anyway). Here are just a few that very quickly came to mind as I thought of my past 20 years in cultures doing Leadership Development work:
Paul - Dr., President Emeritus, new friend & insightful Leader - thanks for sharing/provoking another way of thinking about LEADERSHIP & CULTURE. This wonderful man & his wife hosted me during a recent mission trip to the seminary in Guatemala City.
I hope you will grasp this and go ‘UNCOVER’ some of your HIDDEN CURRICULUM and expose it………
Take good care of You & Yours, Booker