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. 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. What Ken is talking about here is ensuring you have values and culture in alignment with the vision and mission. social strategy

Global Trends and Business Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

T he article reminds us that the trend is your friend is an old adage that applies to business strategy as well as to investing. Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Fostering an Innovation Culture: Talent, Discipline and Leadership

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Companies all over the world have integrated innovation into their overall strategies and marketing campaigns. Most everyone agrees that such a culture entails five key behaviors: tolerance for failure, willingness to experiment, psychological safety, collaborative, and non-hierarchical.

Liminal & situated strategy

Dave Snowden

In that meeting we were looking at how to do strategy in the complex domain. For the moment I will focus on the use in strategy and start with some basic principles. Surfacing outlier ideas is more important in strategy than accepting the dominant or consensus view.

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 ….

Cultural Alignment

Clark Quinn

However, I also realized that there was an opportunity to extend that to cultural alignment, and I think that’s important as well. And that’s acting in alignment with the culture of the organization. The post Cultural Alignment appeared first on Learnlets.

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.”. Strategy offers a formal logic for the company’s goals and orients people around them.

Thoughts on Learning Design Strategy

Clark Quinn

At the DevLearn conference, I ran a Morning Buzz on Learning Design Strategy. I started with a set of questions to address, so I’ll go through their comments in roughly that order (though we didn’t exactly follow this structure): What is learning design strategy?

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. Innovation Polemic Strategy

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.”. Strategy offers a formal logic for the company’s goals and orients people around them.

culture is complex

Harold Jarche

The famous quote attributed to Peter Drucker is that “culture eats strategy for breakfast” French culture is not unaffected by international business pressures, as witnessed by the fast food outlets everywhere. Travel helps you understand culture.

Building a culture of continuous learning: what it means

Jane Hart

It doesn’t mean continuously taking courses – although studying can be part of an individual’s personal and professional continuous learning strategy. It doesn’t mean continuously training people – although training may well be part of of an organisation’s continuous L&D strategy.

‘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. social strateg

The Connected Culture

Dan Pontefract

A ‘ connected culture ’ is one that simultaneously drives organizational clarity with precarious innovation. It is one that believes equally in leaders who demonstrate reciprocity as it is an executive board who insists upon a consistent strategy. Consistent Strategy.

Learning Strategy Issues

Clark Quinn

The next question was how to move from a training to a performance culture. It first takes an awareness of the problems (my old line: “L&D isn’t doing near what it could and should, and what it is doing it is doing badly, other than that things are fine” :), and then a strategy to move forward. The strategy depends on where the organization is to begin with, but there are systematic principles to guide progress. meta-learning strategy

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There Is Nothing Wrong With The Term ‘Company Culture’

Dan Pontefract

The headline from Harvard Business Review read, Why “Company Culture” Is a Misleading Term. “Organizational culture is assumed to be important to making sure that employees are happy and productivity is good. ” Is there no “company culture” present in Japan?

OMG, its culture change time

Dave Snowden

If in doubt, blame the culture seems to be a golden rule in consultancy and management alike. He starts by belittling the its the way we do things around here definition of culture by referencing the hopelessness of conventional attempts to change process.

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. Say, for instance, one desirable outcome of a learning culture would be, well, learning! Of course, if you were expecting other outcomes from your culture initiative, you’d naturally want aligned methods.

Three Strategies To Improve Your Creative Thinking

Dan Pontefract

Dan's Related Posts: Is Your Corporate Culture The Root Cause Of Bad Meetings?

Building a Culture of Continuous Learning

Charles Jennings

To achieve these three targets, we need to think out of the traditional learning and development box – beyond the class/course and eLearning module approaches towards embedding a culture where learning becomes recognised as occurring within the workflow. Most people get it.

Stop Killing Your Corporate Culture

Dan Pontefract

According to Waterstone Human Capital and their 2010 Canadian Corporate Culture Study Results : 71 per cent of respondents say their organization’s corporate culture drives sales and revenue. This would definitely help stop many corporate cultures from being killed.

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?

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.

The Limits of Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When I look back upon my long career , one of the major factors shaping my views of business, strategy and innovation is the creative destruction that I saw buffeting the IT industry over most of that time. Is it that in spite of all their efforts in strategy formulation, their management was unable to anticipate them and were caught by surprise? In subsequent years, I was invited to come to their meetings and discuss strategies I was working on from time to time.

The Connected Culture

Dan Pontefract

A ‘ connected culture ’ is one that simultaneously drives organizational clarity with precarious innovation. It is one that believes equally in leaders who demonstrate reciprocity as it is an executive board who insists upon a consistent strategy. Consistent Strategy.

Technology, Media and Culture - the Best of Times or the Worst of Times?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL) was founded in 2010 to study the transformational impact of technology on culture and on the media industries. How can you best understand the impact of disruptive technologies on something as deeply human as culture?

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. strategy

Internet culture

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

That’s no longer a good strategy for making money. Chief Learning Officer magazine , Effectiveness, April 2009. by Jay Cross. The Internet is so pervasive that Internet values are blowing back into real life.

Education Technology Strategies - Day Two

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I was at Guelph - youth job strategy, a lot went to match students with first job, but there was some money set aside for innovation.

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

Dan Pontefract

But if we were to talk about the next generation of the enterprise — Enterprise 2.0 — how could we not discuss behaviour, culture, learning or leadership in concert with the premise of collaborative-based technologies? Culture. Culture enterprise 2.0 I know.

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When technology and market environments go through major changes, as is certainly the case today, previously successful business strategies will no longer work, no matter how much you try to fix them. These questions are the subject of MIT Professor Michael Cusumano’s recent book Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation in an Uncertain World. The book was named one of the best business books on strategy in 2011 by strategy+business magazine.

Top down or bottom up strategy?

Clark Quinn

In a recent discussion around HR strategy, the question arose about where to start. This was buttressed by a post pointed out to me by my ITA colleagues that was arguing a good design strategy was to find out what people needed. There are some overarching results that should be incorporated: culture, innovation, performance support, etc. The post Top down or bottom up strategy? strategy technology

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. It’s a plausible story and model, where the actions, beliefs, and experiences are the elements that create the culture that achieves the results. strategy

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Governance and Pragmatism: Moving Beyond “The Culture of No”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In addition to supporting the line functions, the staffs serve as the checks-and-balances of the company, making sure that the activities of all departments and individuals follow the company’s strategy and are in compliance with business, legal and regulatory requirements. Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround ,” former IBM Chairman and CEO Lou Gerstner wrote about the bureaucratic culture that contributed greatly to the near-death experience IBM went through in the early 1990s.

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. Don’t get me wrong.

Your Nonprofit’s Culture: By Design or by Default?

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: In my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, we discuss how to create a culture of wellbeing to encourage self-care. Jay Wilkinson, CEO of Firespring , shares some thoughts on building the right culture of for your nonprofit.

Learning 2.0 Strategy

Clark Quinn

strategy. Strategy 1. When I used to work with organizations on defining an eLearning Strategy, I always worked from a very broad view of needs across the organization and the implications that had on people, process and technology. Strategy because you have to be prepared to provide these new services and solutions. Avoid the Culture Question Learning 2.0 I get asked at seminars all the time - "How can I change the culture?"

Strategy as We-Care: An Exercise

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: My colleagues at See3 had some fun using some of the ideas in The Happy Healthy Nonprofit and apply it to creating an organizational digital strategy. This post shares a useful exercise for your digital team to reflect on what not to do for your digital strategy!

[avignon] Google’s Cultural Institute

David Weinberger

Steve Crossan, head of the Cultural Institute in Paris, is demo-ing Google’s super spiffy swirling virtual bookcase. The Cultural Institute was set up in April. They’re building tools and services for the cultural sector, to help people get to online content in an emotionally engaging way. In a virtual world, what shall one do with a physical space to explore culture? It started out of passion, not out of corporate strategy.

It’s Culture, Leadership and E2.0 … or fail

Dan Pontefract

Over the last several months, at the job that actually pays me, I’ve been on somewhat of a soapbox speaking, writing, blogging, yammering about the link between culture, leadership philosophy and Enterprise 2.0 It can be culture forming. Culture enterprise 2.0

Cultural success

Clark Quinn

The interesting bit was that there were two widely different cultures, and yet each was successful. Normally, we look at the elements of successful learning cultures as providing safety and reward for contributing, acceptance of diversity, and other dimensions. The other culture is similarly committed to quality, but the leader has a much different personality. Tags: social strategy

Moving the CIO to the heart of strategy

Ross Dawson

A key theme of the CIO workshops was their opportunity and responsibility to move to the center of strategy within their organizations. The CIO must be at the heart of strategy in any organization that hopes to succeed in the chaotic and complex times ahead.