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The OCAI Blog about Culture

Here’s where I blog about organizational culture, culture change, and the Competing Values Framework and the OCAI culture survey. Frequency of posting: about every 2 weeks.

The Leadership & Change Blog

Here’s where I write about Positive Leadership, Organizational Culture, Organizational Change, New Organizations, Personal Development and reflection. In addition, the blog category Positive Power is a book that I blog in real-time! The purpose is to upgrade to positive organizations where both people and performance thrive. 
Frequency of posting: every week
  • This year’s best leadership articles
    All of a sudden the year draws to a close. It went fast! What did you learn? What did you love? What energized you? What would you like more of? This year’s best articles on Positive Leadership might inspire you for a New, Positive work year ahead. The best Positive Leadership Articles Positive Energizers Some people lift you up while ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-12-11
  • Humble Leadership and Culture
    Guest Post by Kimberley Barker When you're looking at developing a great organizational culture, here's a great book for inspiration! That's why I'm pleased to share this review, written by Kimberley Barker.LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-11-29
  • Humble Leadership: A positive book
    Guest Post by Kimberley Barker When you’re looking to be a positive agent or leader in your workplace, here’s a great book for inspiration! That’s why I’m pleased to share this review by my friend Kimberley Barker. The book “Humble Leadership, The Power of Relationship, Openness, and Trust” shares Ed and Peter Schein’s vision of Humble Leadership and the relationship ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-11-27
  • Beware of culture in mergers and acquisitions
    Why and when does culture matter most? One of the answers to this question is: in case of mergers and acquisitions. Here's the case of one of my clients. Because they wish to remain anonymous we'll call them ET. They rapidly acquired other companies during expansion and they understood that checking the culture around mergers and acquisitions would be crucial for success. George Gentry is head of organizational effectiveness and culture at ET's headquarters. He explains how the Competing Values Framework and the OCAI survey helped ET manage the culture part of their acquisitions.Case StudiesOCAIOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-11-15
  • A Positive Culture for mergers and acquisitions
    Culture matters during mergers and acquisitions. If you can make a positive start, you’ll ease the process of working together. Here’s the case of one of my clients. Because they wish to remain anonymous we’ll call them ET. They acquired a number of other companies and understood that checking the culture would be crucial for success. George Gentry is head ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-11-13
  • Positive Culture: Tasks or People?
    Picture a large municipality in the Netherlands with 7,000 staff. A department of about 500 people used the Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument (OCAI, © Kim Cameron) to assess their current and preferred culture. This social department is helping the unemployed citizens of this city find a job. They offer various training, upgrading of skills, and above all, a network of local employers that are trying to fulfill any vacancies.Case StudiesLeadershipOCAIOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-10-31
  • Appreciative attention for people
    “Things weren’t great”, Joyce told me. She’s an internal consultant at a large city municipality with 7,000 staff. Their social department of about 500 people showed alarming absenteeism numbers. This social department helps the unemployed citizens of this city find a job. They offer various training, upgrading of skills, and above all, a network of local employers that are trying ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-10-30
  • BTC Case: Learning and Teamwork
    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 of this case story.Case StudiesOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-10-18
  • Case story: Positive Culture, part 2
    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 ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-10-16
  • BTC Case: How to develop the culture?
    Guest post by Kanna Krishnan A couple of years ago, a large biotech company set up its first overseas plant in Asia where around 600 people work to date. Let’s give this real company the name BTC. Their challenge was there weren’t many skilled workers in the region. BTC hired local talent for their ability to learn and sent more than 300 employees to the “home plant” for training. In addition, they sent their best managers from home to the overseas plant to help groom the local talent.
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    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-10-04
  • Case story: Positive Culture, part 1
    A couple of years ago, a large biotech company set up its first overseas plant in Asia where around 600 people work to date. Let’s give this real company the name BTC. Their challenge was there weren’t many skilled workers in the region. BTC hired local talent for their ability to learn and sent more than 300 employees to the ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-10-02
  • What is going well at work?
    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.ChangeOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-09-20
  • Hi, have you checked your emails?
    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 ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-09-18
  • Amplify what is working well
    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 ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-09-11
  • So you think you can change the culture?
    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 any change. What is normal in your current organizational culture? The students of the Positive Culture Academy came up with a long list of examples. Do you recognize any of these situations below?ChangeOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-09-06
  • What is going well at work?
    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, ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-09-04
  • What is the way we do things around here?
    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 ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-08-28
  • Rate your culture from 1 to 10
    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. What would your score be?LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-08-23
  • How positive is your workplace culture?
    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 ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-08-14
  • Culture, Leadership, Change Book tips
    It's great to read an adventure story, a detective, or a novel once it's summer. However, if you feel you'd like to catch up on culture, leadership, and change here's my list of favorite non-fiction books at this point. On positive leadership, change, and culture Arbinger Institute, Leadership and Self Deception - Getting out of the box (Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 2nd edition, 2015) Kim Cameron, Positive Leadership - Strategies for extraordinary performance, (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2008)LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-08-09
  • Summer reading book tips
    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 ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-07-31
  • Embark on a performance journey
    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 purify the soul.&LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-07-26
  • The courage to speak up
    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 ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-07-17
  • Does your culture need courage?
    A corporate CEO invited some executives to a meeting from two different levels. He asked a question and then went around the table getting input. When he got to one of the lower level executives, he said: "Sorry, I just want to hear from (the higher level) folks" and moved on.There was an embarrassed silence, and then the meeting went on. The next higher-ranked executive answered the question, and the moment passed.ChangeLeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-07-12
  • Rituals To Jazz the Culture
    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 ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-07-03
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