Case story: Positive Culture, part 2

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Kanna Krishnan is a “positive agent” and holds a senior position in Human Resources. He is tasked with developing a progressive culture for BTC. That’s why he used the Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument (OCAI) and followed the Positive Culture Academy, as explained in part 1. BTC dreamed and defined their preferred positive culture and ways to stimulate Positive Awareness, Connection …

Hi, have you checked your emails?

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Hi, have you checked your emails? Are you short and to-the-point? Of course, you’re not at work to write a novel in emails. But using salutations in emails isn’t a big thing while the results can be incredible – as both research and practice show! We discuss the research in the online Positive Culture Academy (join us if you want …

Amplify what is working well

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Here’s part 2 of our exploration of what is already working well at work. If we pay attention and energy to what we normally take for granted, and see how we could amplify the good things, the results might dazzle you. What if you could start a positive spiral of small successes and little joys that invigorate yourself and your …

What is going well at work?

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People are wired to notice what goes wrong, what could be a threat, and what is missing. It’s what saved us during our evolution, in times of danger and scarcity. Negative comments, events, mistakes, problems and threats stand out. It’s natural, and often also reinforced by our upbringing and training. Many business schools and managers still focus on solving problems, …

What is the way we do things around here?

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So you think you can change? If your culture needs to change or to improve the place to start is where you are: in current culture. What is the way we do things around here? Understanding the behaviors, but also deeper beliefs and values is essential before you start. What is normal in your current organizational culture? Let’s see some …

How positive is your workplace culture?

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How positive is your current culture, on a scale of 1 to 10? It’s a question that participants of the online Positive Culture Academy work with, if needed. What would your score be, and would you like to improve it? One participant shared: “Maybe a 2 or 3. My current company culture is becoming less and less positive. We had …

Summer reading book tips

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I know. Not everyone likes to read non-fiction on vacation. It’s great to read an adventure story, a detective, or a novel. However, if you feel you’d like to catch up on culture, leadership, and change here’s my favorite list of non-fiction books at this point. On positive leadership, change, and culture Arbinger Institute, Leadership and Self Deception – Getting …

The courage to speak up

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A CEO invited some executives to a meeting from two different levels. He asked a question and then went around the table for ideas. When he got to one of the lower level executives, he said: “Sorry, I just want to hear from (the higher level) leaders” and moved on. Did you ever encounter such a situation? What happened? In …

Rituals To Jazz the Culture

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Guest post by Kartik Shah Have you ever noticed how pilgrims mentally, spiritually and/or physically prepare themselves for a pilgrimage by engaging in some customary rituals? For example, the Muslims shave their heads, cut their nails and don white robes before going for the hajj. Similarly, the Hindus, the Buddhists, and the Jains observe penance and abstain from sexual activity to …

The Positive Culture Book cheaper than coffee

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Exciting news: the publisher offers the Kindle version of my Positive Culture book at only 99 cents from 26-28 June! Benefit from these 3 magic days and download your copy today. In this post, you’ll find 16 quotes from my book as a super condensed mini-course! Which one is your favorite and why…? Don’t have a Kindle? Don’t worry, I …

What’s your Why? Here’s mine.

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What’s my Why? Why do I care about contributing to positive organizations? Maybe because I know what it’s like to be “doing time” within a locked building, ruled by the clock. I’ve been there. I also know that we are blessed to live now: we have many more opportunities than our ancestors ever had. It’s vital that we develop our …