Culture 7 of 7: Completion

Dave Snowden

I’ve signalled the twist over the last couple of posts but to make it explicit: the object of any change programme is to ensure that there never needs to be another one. Fractal change is achieved by the engaging question How do we create more stories like these and fewer stories like this.

OMG, its culture change time

Dave Snowden

If in doubt, blame the culture seems to be a golden rule in consultancy and management alike. It's a form of aversion therapy really, change now or we'll put you through a re-education programme. A classic distinction in anthropology is between ideation and rule base cultures.

Culture 6 of 7: Adjustments

Dave Snowden

In any art work the final adjustments mean that we are nearing completion, in cultural change I want to argue, it is the sign that the process is only just starting. Its a structure that we can’t change but we can use. The essence of cultural change is minimalism ….

Culture 2 of 7: the canvass

Dave Snowden

I’m not attempting an anthropological treatise here, my focus is on the ubiquitous attempts to engineer culture change in organisations a task that matches the original meaning of a forlorn hope , a mistranslation of verloren hoop whichmeans a lost heap! You can’t engineer culture ….

Measuring Culture Change

Clark Quinn

Someone recently asked how you would go about measuring culture change, and I thought it’s an interesting question. A learning culture is optimal for organizational innovation and agility, and it’s likely that not all elements are already in place. So it’s plausible that you’d want to change, and if you do, you’d like to know how it’s going. Say, for instance, one desirable outcome of a learning culture would be, well, learning!

Penultimate: forget cultural change

Dave Snowden

Yesterday I argued that compatible but different cultures had more resilient than a "common culture". Having tackled one of the shibboleths of OD and HR practice I thought I would move onto another namely cultural change.

Culture 5 of 7: Colouring in

Dave Snowden

Culture is also context specific so few aspects of change can be achieved through context free recipes and formulaic approaches that are all too common. Small local changes, locally initiated, within a wider, loose framework is how you achieve sustainable change ….

Cultural change in Singapore

Dave Snowden

If you come to a country once or twice a year (more frequently at times) you get a better sense of change than if you live there. There was concern about innovation and programmes were put into place (some of which I was involved in) to change that. Much is the same, much has changed.

Changing Culture: Changing the Game

Clark Quinn

I previously wrote about Sutton & Rao’s Scaling up Excellence , and have now finished a quick read of Connors & Smith’s Change the Culture, Change the Game. Sutton & Rao’s was very descriptive of the changes they observed and the emergent lessons. They aptly point out that many change initiatives stop at the second step, and don’t get the necessity of the subsequent two steps.

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Narratives of culture: overture

Dave Snowden

There are some basic truths about culture in organisations that are pretty self-evident to anyone prepared to engage with either theory or practice. So next week we will launch a low cost (even lower if you get in early) cultural mapping tool (possibly two) that organisations can use.

Changing Culture: Scaling Up Excellence

Clark Quinn

I’ve found myself picking up books about how to change culture, as it seems to be the big barrier to a successful revolution. I’ve finished a quick read of Scaling Up Excellence , am in the midst of Change the Culture, Change the Game , and have Reinventing Organizations and Organize for Complexity (the latter two recommended by my colleague Harold Jarche ) on deck. Leaders have to go in, figure out what needs to change, and then lead that change.

Culture 3 of 7: Identify the big shapes

Dave Snowden

While having specific goals is not possible in a complex system, and any cultural change is complex, it doesn’t mean that we can’t have a sense of direction and/or purpose. So what are the big shapes in culture change?

How is the culture of luxury changing?

Ross Dawson

Tim Stock of scenarioDNA has created an excellent presentation on the Culture of Luxury, shown here. The Culture of Luxury 2011 (Brand Packaging). Coming out of a major financial crisis and possibly into another one, these attributes change.

Apparently, Organizational Culture is Crap

Dan Pontefract

The one thing we can be assured of until humans safely land and colonize Mars is “ organizational culture ” will continue to be a topic of conversation. ” That sounds like a pretty good starting point of organizational culture to me. yes, through its culture).

Reflecting on the State of Enterprise 2.0 as an Organizational Culture Change Agent

Dan Pontefract

to solely be defined as a technology change and not a behavioural change for our organizations. have more to do with an organizational and leadership behavioural change than the discovery of people through content and technology? Culture. Culture enterprise 2.0

Culture or Cultures?

Clark Quinn

A twitter pointer led me to an HBR article arguing that We’re Thinking about Organizational Culture all Wrong. In it, the author argues that it’s fallacious to think that there’s just one organizational culture, , and that all people buy into it. The first is that the cultural values may be interpreted differently. The second is that people may comply with the culture even if they don’t agree with it. Cultures are developed and do change.

The evolution of culture

Dave Snowden

I want to start with the culture word and I'm deliberately using lower case and linking with the idea of an evolutionary not an engineering process. The latest example claims originality is discovering that unwritten rules and practices are domain in culture.

Using network perspectives to visualize changing culture and meaning

Ross Dawson

I’m a big fan of Tim Stock ‘s work, which weaves together a deep network perspective with a rich view of how culture is changing informed by semiotic analysis. I earlier shared one of his presentations in a post on how the culture of luxury is changing.

Changing Cultures in Higher Education

Jay Cross

Last week I received a nice surprise in the mail, Changing Cultures in Higher Education (Ulf Daniel Ehlers and Dirk Schneckberg eds.) Springer. Congratulations, guys. 610 pages for a mere $126. It’s good to see that Springer is maintaining its sense of humor.

What’s Needed First? Culture Change or Enterprise 2.0 Adoption

Dan Pontefract

Do we first require an organizational culture adaptation prior to any meaningful Enterprise 2.0 tools need to become so simplistic, easy to use and of course generally available to an organization before a culture can be considered connected, flat and more collaborative?

13 books on learning, people, organizations, corporate culture, and change

Jay Cross

A New Culture of Learning by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown. This morning I conducted a webinar on Making Learning Stick. Funny, isn’t it, that we invest so much to help people learn and so little to help them remember?

The Vital Role of Culture in Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When properly aligned with personal values, drives, and needs, culture can unleash tremendous amounts of energy toward a shared purpose and foster an organization’s capacity to thrive.”. Attributes of Culture. Cultural Styles. Levers for Evolving Culture.

Culture is entangled

Dave Snowden

Another Gaping Void cartoon for this second post on culture, which makes the point that change initiatives come and go but relationships that we build can last for ever. In practice (and in theory) culture is tangled, indistinct and difficult to tie down.

Corporate culture

Harold Jarche

Tweet Next month I’ll be discussing corporate culture at Sibos in Toronto. My view (not original) is that corporate culture is an emergent property. Culture happens, and like a child, once born, the parents are not really in control. To know the culture, be the culture.

Narratives of culture: the score

Dave Snowden

This is going to be a little out of sequence, but I want to come to how we gather narrative for the new culture scans in future posts. The leap to the top right is probably a step too far, but would be the normal focus of change programmes.

The Connected Culture

Dan Pontefract

As Churchill once said, “ to improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. ”. A ‘ connected culture ’ is one that simultaneously drives organizational clarity with precarious innovation. Think they feel connected to their culture if it’s changing every second Tuesday?

Resisting Change – Luddites Unite!

Luis Suarez

No wonder I keep musing about another rather thought-provoking sentence she put together as well in that superb article: ‘ Technological change does not automatically equate with progress ’. That’s when our change and transformation journeys will begin….

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The Vital Role of Culture in Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When properly aligned with personal values, drives, and needs, culture can unleash tremendous amounts of energy toward a shared purpose and foster an organization’s capacity to thrive.”. Attributes of Culture. Cultural Styles. Levers for Evolving Culture.

‘Sharing’ culture

Clark Quinn

I was in a recent conversation about a company facing strong growth and worried about the impact on culture. Companies with a positive culture, a valuable offering, and a good business model are liable to face growth issues, and maintaining or starting a good culture becomes a critical issue to maintaining the organization’s success. This company had a positive culture, in that people were diverse, friendly, upbeat, and committed to contributing.

Addressing Changes

Clark Quinn

Yesterday, I listed some of the major changes that L&D needs to acknowledge. As serious practitioners in a potentially valuable field, we need to adapt to the changing environment as much as we need to assist our charges to do so. We also need to understand cultural elements. We’re already seeing a wide variety of converging evidence that these changes lead to success. The post Addressing Changes appeared first on Learnlets.

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Lessons In Culture From United Airlines

Dan Pontefract

Specifically, I wanted to know if she felt their new CEO, Oscar Muñoz, would bring any change to the company, its culture and its operating practices. “Oh It seems Mr. Muñoz wants to unite its corporate culture, in an attempt to improve its operations. Photographer: Patrick T.

Human Capital and the Changing Nature of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But on balance, such fears appear to be unfounded, noted the World Bank in a comprehensive recent report on The Changing Nature of Work. That’s a mistake, because neglecting investments in human capital can dramatically weaken a country’s competitiveness in a rapidly changing world, one in which economies need ever-increasing amounts of talent to sustain growth.” . How is the Nature of Work Changing? People have long feared that machines are coming for our jobs.

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Culture is our nature

Harold Jarche

And we did it by developing new abilities for cultural transmission and change. But culture is a biological phenomenon. Culture is our nature, and the ability to learn and change is our most important and fundamental instinct.

Culture Before Strategy

Clark Quinn

In an insightful article, Ken Majer (full disclosure, a boss of mine many years ago) has written about the need to have the right culture before executing strategy. And this strikes me as a valuable contribution to thinking about effective change in the transformation of L&D in the Revolution. I have argued that you can get some benefits from the Revolution without having an optimized culture, but you’re not going to tap into the full potential.

Creating an architecture for change

Dave Snowden

So we use military or economic force to remove said delete, now that hasn’t worked … we need to focus on creating an infrastructure within which a fluid series of changes over time can create a resilient society build around local networked agency.

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Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Changing Organizational Culture One Sneaker at Time

Beth Kanter

She shared some great tips about how to get your nonprofit to shift from a sitting culture to one which includes walking meetings and standing desks. But, Hazon had more of a sitting culture. How did you start to shift the culture, one sneaker at time?

Automation and the Changing Demand for Workforce Skills

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Let me now discuss the more recent report published earlier this year, which examined the changes in skills required of human workers over the next 10-15 years. I’ll focus my discussion on the US skill changes, as the European changes were similar.

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Socio-cultural engineering?

Clark Quinn

Ok, social engineering and cultural engineering have bad connotations in a number of ways. Yet, if I can talk about learning engineering, the desirable properties of cultures for learning, and moves in that direction, aren’t we really talking about socio-cultural engineering? So, if we’re choosing cultural values, and working towards them, both in ways that reflect what science tells us about doing our best, aren’t we really doing such engineering?

The Connected Culture

Dan Pontefract

As Churchill once said, “ to improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. ”. A ‘ connected culture ’ is one that simultaneously drives organizational clarity with precarious innovation. Think they feel connected to their culture if it’s changing every second Tuesday?

Leadership in a Changing World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What are the critical competencies needed to lead in our fast-changing business environment? The key challenge confronting CEOs, - and senior executives in general, - is the relentless pace of change. But, w hile speed is the major dimension of change, it’s not the only one.

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The change is here

Clark Quinn

For a number of years now (at least six ), I’ve been beating the drum about the need for organizations to be prepared to address change. Now we’re seeing the evidence that the change has arrived. The first point for leaders is to use data and focus on culture.

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Future Minds: the map of how screen culture is changing how we think

Ross Dawson

My colleague Richard Watson , building on the success of his book Future Files , has now launched Future Minds , which explores how screen culture is changing the way we think today, and how it will shape our future.

Fee Culture vs. Free Culture

Doc Searls

If you care about journalism, free speech, Free Culture , fair use and other values that transcend the AP’s parochial interests, it’s required reading. They are also, like many other associations representing originators of work about which usage rights are ambiguous, in essence a big legal department: quick to litigate and slow to comprehend the larger and changing contexts in which it now finds itself. In that system, Fee Culture is arteriosclerotic.