Operating principles reflect the athletics director’s beliefs about the ways in which people and organizations achieve excellence – the keys to personal and organizational success. Many times, these principles are the product of a manager’s past experience in leading teams, groups or organizations but they are always consistent with the stated values of the current organization and its leadership. The essence of an operating principle is that it is an expectation about how everyone in an organization is expected to relate to each other, treat external publics and approach everyday tasks.
Note: The following material is excerpted from a pre-publication manuscript: Lopiano, D.A. and Zotos, C. (Publication 2014) The Athletic Director’s Desk Reference. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Q: How do you change the culture of an organization with multiple entrenched and dysfunctional sub-cultures?
A: Different departments or teams (including sports teams with head coach leaders) within all types of organizations may have long-standing traditions or behaviors that don't match the organizational leader's vision for the organization's culture. Incorporating these sub-groups into a cohesive “whole” is a difficult leadership challenge.
Q: Does a "dress code" make sense for athletics departments or organizations conducting physical activity programming?
Yes. Young professionals in particular need guidance on appropriate professional conduct. Think of a dress code as professional education as opposed to a penalty-laden requirement. Here's a simple dress code policy that can be adopted or modified:
SMR SAMPLE POLICY
Expectations Regarding Professional Attire
The following is the policy regarding staff and intern attire during business hours: