A Snapshot of Culture in Action
A man and his wife entered a deli together late one afternoon. They were the only customers in the place. The server behind the deli counter said, “May I help you?” But before either could reply, the other person behind the deli counter, standing off to the side, uttered a fairly loud “uh-hum.” A discussion then took place between the two employees.
Change management can be tedious and challenging, but it is a well-trodden path. Many analysts have created useful models to manage change in different respects; this article touches upon Kurt Lewin’s famous change model and presents insights about actionable changes.
The interest in culture continues to grow but this growth comes with a proliferation of over-simplified and incorrect information about culture and culture change. CultureUniversity.com was launched in 2014 to cut through this misinformation and it’s grown to be a great resource for leaders and change agents (this is post #191).
Five new posts garnered the highest traffic in 2017 and my personal top insight from each post is captured in the list below.
In order for members of an organizational culture to feel like they can fully contribute to the success of that organization, they must feel a sense of safety to protect, innovate and renovate. Cultures that create an environment of Cultural Dissonance eliminate the capacity for their members to help that culture evolve positively towards organizational goals. This is the experience that so many of the now famous convicted, fined and bankrupted companies navigated when the United States experienced a rash of public scandals.
I recently met with a client responsible for organizational development in the financial services sector who was seeking ideas, information, and input from ImagineNation™ towards cultivating a “fail fast” organizational culture. It caused me to explore what might be some of the key messages that could be sent to people to create permission, vulnerability, safety, courage, and trust for the deep learnings that mistakes and failure provide in advancing creativity, invention, and innovation.
How could developing a “fail fast” culture help organizations survive, flow, and flourish with high levels of ambiguity, uncertainty, volatility, and instability in the operating environment?