Cultural Alignment

Clark Quinn

So we can provide tools to support us in the moment, we can provide tools to help us work together, and we can develop people all slowly over time. However, I also realized that there was an opportunity to extend that to cultural alignment, and I think that’s important as well. In particular, we can provide tools to address gaps that emerge from our cognitive architecture. And that’s acting in alignment with the culture of the organization.

Cultural Comment Shift

Clark Quinn

The phenomena is that we’re seeing a cultural comment shift; comments are now coming from shared platforms, not directly on the site. With the proliferation of places to go: from Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn to a variety of group tools and Instragram and Pinterest and…the list goes on. The cultural comment shift is merely an indicator of a bigger cultural shift, and as long as we can ride it, we’re good.

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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. In many ways the cultural engineering approaches that typify many a consultancy method have simply responded to the wider engineering metaphor that requires pre-defined outcomes. 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.

Culture 7 of 7: Completion

Dave Snowden

A cultural change initiative is a device of last resort, it means you’ve failed to maintain a suitable resilient system and have to do some type of reset. Culture is manifested in what we do, not what we say about why we want to do things. Culture operates within natural constraints, it can’t be designed or engineered, it arises from multiple small interactions over time and it is manifested in the day to day anecdotes of those who we work with and who we work for.

Free Sales Tools Reps Can’t Live Without

Xyleme

Like the elusive Yeti or the Loch Ness Monster, free sales tools might seem like the stuff of folklore. Free sales enablement tools do exist—and they’re actually pretty good. Whether you’re looking for free sales tools for startups, SMBs, or enterprise—we’ve got you covered.

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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. Google returns over 22 million hits when you search the term “ organizational cultur e” You can even read what Google has to say about its own culture. You may find it interesting to know, for example, that they “strive to maintain the open culture often associated with startups.”

The Vital Role of Culture in Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The January-February issue of the Harvard Business Review spotlights The Culture Factor, with five articles on the subject. “ Culture is the tacit social order of an organization: It shapes attitudes and behaviors in wide-ranging and durable ways,” notes the issue’s lead article. “ Cultural norms define what is encouraged, discouraged, accepted, or rejected within a group. Attributes of Culture. Cultural Styles. Levers for Evolving 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. 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.

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. In an ideal world managing culture would be a constantly evolving process; multiple small micro-changes with a feedback loop in near real time that allows the process to be navigated. Culture is more like an estuary with strong and weak currents and constantly shifting sandbanks, assuming stability is a danger.

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. Both culture and practice emerge from the organization and its environment. If you think of organizations like organisms and culture as emergent then it becomes obvious that understanding and monitoring systems is critical.

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. At the same time, the concept, meaning, and function of culture rarely garners much thought.” I’m here to defend the term, “Company Culture” But first, a bit of a background to the author.

The Vital Role of Culture in Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The January-February issue of the Harvard Business Review spotlights The Culture Factor, with five articles on the subject. “ Culture is the tacit social order of an organization: It shapes attitudes and behaviors in wide-ranging and durable ways,” notes the issue’s lead article. “ Cultural norms define what is encouraged, discouraged, accepted, or rejected within a group. Attributes of Culture. Cultural Styles. Levers for Evolving Culture.

OMG, its culture change time

Dave Snowden

If in doubt, blame the culture seems to be a golden rule in consultancy and management alike. And of course once blame has been allocated we end up with a visitation from the cultural change specialists with their tool kit of communication plans, key drivers, motivational posters, games and the like. 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.

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. Knightsbridge found the following, in their 2010 report entitled “ Engaged Employees and the Bottom Line ”: Only 30 per cent provide managers with formal career management processes, tools and training to support employee career development.

Tips & Tools To Appreciate Your Nonprofit Staff and Build A Culture of Resilience

Beth Kanter

As part of my work with nonprofit organizations to help them build a culture of resilience that I wrote about in the Happy Healthy Nonprofit , I have facilitated retreats where staff brainstorm ideas and identify simple ways that they can make working at their organization more enjoyable. Two important aspects of a culture of resilience are friendship and feelings.

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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. You get the model up front, and then implementation tools in the second half. It’s a plausible story and model, where the actions, beliefs, and experiences are the elements that create the culture that achieves the results. The second half talks about tools to foster these steps.

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Building a Culture of Continuous Learning

Charles Jennings

Classes, courses and curricula – structured learning events – don’t provide all the tools in the toolkit. The part that formal, directed learning plays in overall organisational capability may be important at times, but organisations aspiring towards Peter Senge’s ‘learning organization’ – in other words, creating a culture of continuous learning - need to reach beyond simply improving structured training. Most people get it.

If Your Enterprise Social Network Is a Ghost Town It’s Probably Due To Your Corporate Culture

Dan Pontefract

Tell me, would you describe your culture as one that is open or closed? Do you and your employees operate in a culture of fear or is it a relatively harmonious and engaged environment? Quite frankly, that saddens me because although technology isn’t the answer, enterprise social networks can do so much good for an organization’s culture and engagement. Like me, Charlene is a crusader for a more open and collaborative culture.

Micro-blogging can help build your organisational culture

Dan Pontefract

As a consequence and according to Gallup Management Journal , this disengaged and disconnected culture (in US-based organisations) is costing $300b per year in lost revenues alone. Moving Towards a Culture of Sharing. According to research published by McKinsey and Company in December, 2010, only 13% of companies felt as though micro-blogging was actually enhancing company culture. Exchanging Ideas; Improving Culture, Knowledge and Networks.

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? Perhaps due to the fact I was on a mission at TELUS — where I was plying my trade at the time — to help our organization redefine and refine its culture, its leadership and its learning models … aided and abetted by technology, but not defined by it. Culture.

Reviewing "A New Culture of Learning"

John Hagel

  My colleague and friend, John Seely Brown, has just come out with “A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change” , co-authored with Doug Thomas, a professor at the University of Southern California.  new tools [for learning]. “ We believe that this new culture of learning can augment learning in nearly every facet of education and every stage of life.

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Did Zappos Just Ruin Their Culture Or Is It A Brilliant Org Redesign?

Dan Pontefract

In a word, it’s all about “ culture.” Their collaborative mindset is infectious, one that encourages everyone to scale the culture. It’s an act of recognition, but it’s the opportunity for all Zappos employees to scale the culture. Culture can grow in other ways, too. It doesn’t have to, but the company’s financial and time contributions help foster a culture that is putting purpose alongside profit.

Tools & Process v Networked Human Judgement

Dave Snowden

This session focuses on how complex adaptive systems thinking, the Cynefin framework, and narrative collection can help leadership teams improve their safety cultures and reduce safety risks. A common challenge that I see facing companies today is the proliferation of tools that allow all of us to manage an incredible degree of detail in our day to day work lives. This proliferation of tools together with an ordered approach is also impacting safety.

Micro-blogging can help build your organisational culture

Dan Pontefract

As a consequence and according to Gallup Management Journal , this disengaged and disconnected culture (in US-based organisations) is costing $300b per year in lost revenues alone. Moving Towards a Culture of Sharing. According to research published by McKinsey and Company in December, 2010, only 13% of companies felt as though micro-blogging was actually enhancing company culture. Exchanging Ideas; Improving Culture, Knowledge and Networks.

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? Peter Bregman states that an easy way in which to begin changing an organization’s culture is by telling stories. That should change the culture, right? Culture collaboration enterprise 2.0

Micro-Blogging is Good for Leadership, Good for Your Culture

Dan Pontefract

The problem, however, is that due to the rise in popularity of Twitter and its consumer driven use as a life-casting tool, the inherent company benefits get lost in the shuffle. I personally don’t care what tool, application or technology is being used to drive enterprise-wide micro-blogging, but it must be secure and ideally it’s behind the firewall. Mike Brevoort does a good job of comparing these four tools over here. So what has this got to do with leadership and culture?

[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?

Become a More Productive, Empathetic, Creative Person With the Help of AI-Based Tools

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Think of engineers using CAD tools to develop complex products, or the new generation of robots working alongside humans in manufacturing. Most of us make extensive use of personal productivity tools in our work and daily lives, - as I’m now doing while researching and writing this blog. . Despite dramatic advances in technology, most of the world’s economies have been stuck in a long period of slow growth and slow productivity.

How Do You Know When You Have Reached a Collaborative Culture?

Dan Pontefract

‘Tis my naivety or perhaps it’s my over exuberance for corporate culture karma. Someday, whilst I still inhabit this fine planet of ours, I believe all organizations will be brimming across the diversity of employees, departments and business units truly demonstrating and employing a collaborative culture. How do you know when you have reached a collaborative culture? Culture collaboration collaborative culture engagement

3 Reasons eLearning Enriches Company Culture

TOPYX LMS

According to Entrepreneur.com, a recent study by Columbia University indicated that employee turnover at an organization with rich company culture was likely to be about 13.9 percent, while job turnover at a company with sub-par culture could potentially be 48.4 Organizational leaders may be surprised to learn that eLearning can maximize company culture like no other tool.

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.) tools give learners more control, by allowing them to easily create, share or reuse their own learning materials, and these tools also enable social learning networks that bridge the border between formal and informal learning.

The Co-Evolution of Humans and our Tools

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Tools have played a critical role in human evolution for a very, very long time. As the Tools entry in Wikipedia observes: “Tools are the most important items that the ancient humans used to climb to the top of the food chain; by inventing tools, they were able to accomplish tasks that human bodies could not, such as using a spear or bow and arrow to kill prey, since their teeth were not sharp enough to pierce many animals' skins.

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Managing across Borders and Cultures

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Its mission is succinctly captured in its tag line: Managing across borders and cultures. We prepare individuals and institutions to learn, work and communicate across borders and cultures. One of our web sites, www.globalization101.org , is a leading platform for information and learning tools.". These are some of the major questions that we are thinking through in the Levin Institute, as part of its mission to improve innovation and management across borders and culture.

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 tools, applications and ideas is in fact a critical piece to the new leadership philosophy of tomorrow. The two must marry if an organization wishes to be successful in the culture of tomorrow. It can be culture forming. Culture enterprise 2.0

our crude knowledge capture tools

Harold Jarche

I also noted in networked sharing , that it is very important to understand that organizations and cultures, that do not share what they know, are doomed. Earlier this week I commented that while of course, you cannot capture knowledge in the literal sense, people in organizations need to share their knowledge-making experiences. The aim of knowledge-sharing in an organization is to help make tacit knowledge more explicit, not some type of fictional Vulcan mind meld.

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The State of Culture, Collaboration & Enterprise 2.0 (Part 1 of 2)

Dan Pontefract

That is, you’ve been rolling out a litany of Enterprise 2.0 / Collaboration tools at your organization but no one is actually collaborating, contributing or connecting. That is, you think you have an outstanding culture, but lurking in the shadows is a disengaged and uncollaborative uprising? leadership managing Culture organization socialD o you have “ if you build it, they will come ” syndrome in your organization?

Paying Attention to Your Nonprofit’s Workplace Culture Pays Off

Beth Kanter

Recently, I was invited to participate in a staff “Lunch and Learn,” by Connor Diemand-Yauman , CEO of Philanthropy University , about building a culture of wellbeing in the nonprofit workplace and capacity building. ” I asked Connor about how they use this particular cultural nudge and cue. While organizational culture may be driven by leadership, it is often reinforced by others on staff. How have you addressed it in your culture?

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. Guest Post: Your Nonprofit’s Culture: By Design or by Default? When people hear the term “company culture,” they typically think “workplace perks”—those two are often confused or used interchangeably.

Create a Collaborative Company Culture with an LMS

TOPYX LMS

Some companies have a culture that is richly collaborative. Does your company host this type of culture? The game plan for creating a collaborative company culture is so simple that it’s easy to miss, and it involves implementing an LMS, or an eLearning system. Did you know that some LMSs are designed with built-in collaborative learning tools? Such tools include…. Social learning tools. What do these tools have in common? In 1915, Edward C.

Montessori Is An Example Of The New Culture of Learning

Steve Denning

I reported a few days ago on a conversation with the authors , Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown, of the wonderful new book, A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change. A colleague, Daniel Petter-Lipstein, wrote to us and asked the pertinent question: why there was no mention of progressive models of education like Montessori?

The Cultural Impact of The Future of You

Luis Suarez

It’s in this context that I thought I would finish off this blog post referencing a webinar presentation that I hosted way back in November 2012 for IBM’s Academy of Technology on trying to define what that hyperconnectivity would be like in the context of defining the significant impact social networking tools can have in helping redefine the workplace of the future with some essential critical traits.

New Tools Beget Revolutions: Big Data and the 21st Century Information-based Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a brief introductory talk , Brynjolfsson pointed out that throughout history new tools beget revolutions. Scientific revolutions are launched when new tools make possible all kinds of new measurements and observations. In 1676, for example, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek used a microscope , a relatively recent and rare tool, to discover the existence of microorganisms in a drop of water. On May 22 I attended the 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.

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Using network perspectives to visualize changing culture and meaning

Trends in the Living Networks

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. The slides to his presentation at SXSW today on Culture Networks and the codes that drive them are available below. Culture Networks (SXSW 2012).