Culture is critical to every organization; and it is hard to change it once it is set. In a culture of authenticity, members are free to hold leaders accountable when they sense there is movement away from the vision. This accountability is welcomed, because it ensures alignment to the vision that is fueling momentum.
In many ways authenticity becomes the safety net to keep the vision safe when decisions are being made that are not aligned.
Most of us have no idea the impact ‘defaults’ have in our lives. Many of our relationships were inherited. We are significantly influenced by our environment about what we should believe about faith, politics, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race and ethnicity. Many of our hobbies were simply passed down: hunting, fishing, reading, and poker. Why do we have our favorite sports teams? Usually because we grew up learning how to root for them. We are even set out in a certain course as we consider the value of education, our brand of toothpaste, if we put up. a real or fake Christmas tree, and even our favorite music genre.
In countries where becoming an organ donor is the default, typically more than 90% become listed. Meanwhile, countries where the individuals need to opt-in, only 10-15% become donors. Why? Because we have an extremely strong bias toward the default.
Once we realize how strong the pull of defaults in on our lives, we become aware how few of our decisions were actually made intentionally. Most of us personally, and many of our organizations and governments, have settled for the default, not even aware that the options available to us are far more expansive than we have ever realized.