How a Cohesion Culture™ Makes You a Victor of Your Future

The difference between being a victor or victim of one’s future depends largely on how someone thinks about change and their ability to respond with an agile way of thinking. When people are stuck in the past, they likely see themselves as victims of circumstances. Victors, on the other hand, claim a level of success reflective of the choices they make.

What It Means To Be a Victor of Your Future

“You cannot be a victor of your future if you are held captive by your past.”

Let’s break down this message into two parts.

First, let’s focus on being a victor. This means shedding the constraints of circumstance that bind, then moving forward in how one analyzes strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

This new way of thinking impacts the future because it’s not based on previous information, but newly-acquired intelligence. It sets in motion a hunger for new knowledge, different thought processes, and evaluative approaches.

In the case of creating a Cohesion Culture — an environment where all employees have a sense of belonging, feel valued and make a commitment to organizational success because their leaders have committed to their success —successful leaders think beyond just winning the present war on talent retention and instead focus on building a solid strategy for the future. They adopt a mindset of agility and change. If they don’t, they will be a primary cause of why the talent that joined the organization chooses to leave.

The victory lies beyond what leaders do today. It is grounded in what they are willing to do for the future.

What It Means To Be Held Captive By Your Past

Next, what does it means to be the victim; a person who is held captive by their past?

When one is held captive by the past, they are inhibited from moving forward. Every decision reflects a solution based on what they already know. Leaders who create their future only within the comfort of what they know limit the possibilities of victory.

Also, leaders who see the past as cozy, comfortable, and familiar tend to view the future as scary, uncertain, and uncontrollable. These types of leaders are typically incapable of generating new strategies and techniques to bring forth a future free from the conditions of the past.

Therefore, to be an innovative and effective leader, one must acquire new information and prepare their minds to be agile so they can make effective decisions for the future.

Be a Victor in a Cohesion Culture™

Leaders want to win the war on retaining talent. Keeping employees within an organization stabilizes turnover, reduces costs, and provides the increasingly important foundation of amassing organizational intelligence.

So what is the victory when it comes to talent retention? 

A Cohesion Culture™is the weapon of the victor. This is when all employees have a sense of belonging, feel valued and make a commitment to organizational success. When all three elements are present, both employees and the company benefit from increased performance.

To implement and sustain a Cohesion Culture, leaders must expand their thinking about how team members interact, complete meaningful work, and commit to success. A victor of one’s future operates with a mindset of being designers, teachers, and good stewards of resources without restrictions of what is already known.

These leaders seek answers to questions such as “What will it look like to promote belonging through a virtual team lens? How will people find meaning in what they do if the tangible task becomes more conceptual in nature?”

Regardless of past, present, or future thinking, effective leaders help employees feel connected, meaningful and committed each and every day.

The victory results when a Cohesion Culture is implemented; employees are developed to their fullest and practices, policies, and personalities are in place to retain your talent.

Are you a victor of your future? 

To learn more about the leadership values that can positively impact your team and create a Cohesion Culture™️, connect with Dr. Troy here.


Dr. Troy Hall is the Chief Strategy Officer for South Carolina Federal Credit Union, a $1.8B financial cooperative with over 165,000 members. With a Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Troy has earned the designation as an International Development Educator. As the author of Cohesion Culture: Proven Principles to Retain Your Top Talent, his book showcases how and why South Carolina Federal Credit Union has been named a “Best Places To Work” by Glassdoor, the Credit Union Industry, and State of South Carolina.

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