Corona: Disruptive Change reflection

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The pandemic of Corona or Covid-19 is unprecedented and still feels a bit surreal. Is this really happening? Uhm, yes! It’s fascinating to see what happens, how you and I respond, how priorities shift all of a sudden, and how crucial values surface. We see how governments and corporations halt the economy (by sending people home) to protect everyone’s health …

Culture: Working with idiots?

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We all have days that it seems we have to work with idiots. Of course, that’s not true! Sometimes we have more difficulty coping with different styles. That’s okay. As long as we don’t blame the others – but catch ourselves before we do and adjust communication. Thomas Erickson explains the styles and how to work with your colleagues in …

Lonely? Cultures of working too hard

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How busy are you? How supported do you feel? How much time can you make to have conversations that matter – with friends, family, co-workers? Honestly, how lonely do you feel? It’s a pattern in modern economies. Life can be demanding, at work and at home. The pace is high. Everyone and everything seems real-time available via screens; loads of …

Culture: Diversity and Inclusion

Culture: Diversity and Inclusion

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When we’re working with organizational culture we aim to develop a culture that helps the organization achieve its goals and be successful in the long run. Safety Psychological safety is an essential ingredient of a positive and productive culture. This safety helps people to speak their mind, contribute energy and ideas, be transparent and open, and take action as they …

Relations with co-workers

Culture: Relations with co-workers

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As I attended a comedy show from a relational therapist, what struck me was how much this applied to culture, leadership and collaboration at work… You bond with co-workers and you want to achieve goals together, just like at home. You’re in a relationship with co-workers. Others that are different than you. How do people cope with differences? Relational therapist …

Ehtical culture

Ethical Culture at work

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Ethical is the most important face of the future. Ethics is at the heart of being human; to have purpose, ideals, direction, vision, and spirituality. Ethics is also about corporate behavior, expected conduct, compliance, regulations, and the boundaries of what is acceptable. Here’s part 2, based on futurist Patrick Dixon’s “six faces of the future,” as discussed in his book …

Culture remains Tribal

Organizational Culture remains Tribal

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New beginnings! What will the future bring? Futurist Patrick Dixon summarizes the “six faces of the future” in his book “The future of almost everything” as: Fast – the speed of change, AI, robotics, volatile, everything connected to everything Urban – urbanization, demography, fashions, fads Tribal – nations, culture, social networks, brands, teams, all different Universal – globalization, retail, e-commerce, …

The best on culture and leadership – 2019

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It’s time to wind down, take care of yourself, and rekindle the relationships with friends and family. If you like to spend some December downtime on reflection, reading, and recharging, read the seven best leadership articles of this past year. What will you do next year? Which one inspires you to action? #1 How Culture boosts Performance Organizational culture is …

Positive Teams and People: Purpose

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If you’ve been a long-time reader of my blog, you know that my work on positive organizations is also inspired by Charles Eisenstein. He’s a thought leader on the big questions of our time, talking about economics, climate crisis, and humanity. He’s looking for an antidote for the scientific narrative that we are separate from the world. It makes people …

Shut Up or Speak Up – Part 2

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By Graham Williams & Justin Kennedy Welcome to part 2 of this article on Psychological safety, based on extensive research (in the areas of neuroscience, psychology, behavioral economics and business science) and practical experience in consulting to workplaces around the world. Here’s our coverage of a complex and important topic in a way that is devoid of flowery, ‘impressive’ language. …

Safe workplace

Shut Up or Speak Up – Part 1

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By Graham Williams & Justin Kennedy Some workplaces are caring, fair and reliable. Employees know that they are appreciated, belong and are free to express themselves. They can safely engage and contribute their views and concerns without any fear of adverse consequences or of being ignored. They find satisfaction and meaning in what they do. Psychological Safety When employees feel …

Behavior drives Change

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How do you manage the constant change projects going on in your organization or with clients? If you’re like most leaders, consultants, and organizations, you focus on change as a single project, on tools and templates, and you rely on scattered data to measure if the change works. The view that I promote and practice is the holistic, behavioral view. …