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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
  • Positive Self-Leadership: Progress, not Perfection
    What's keeping you from developing positive (self-)leadership? The list of advantages is compelling. Positive leaders are authentic, open, transparent, trustworthy. They coach and support self and others, they see what is working well and try to amplify that. They give people feedback to keep going and to improve. They're not on people's back when the goal is clear. They value intuition as well as the ratio. They can accept criticism. They guard their boundaries and take action.Leadership ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-08-20
  • Positive Self Leadership: Progress, not Perfection
    What’s keeping you from developing positive (self-)leadership? The list of advantages is compelling. Positive leaders are authentic, open, transparent, trustworthy. They coach and support self and others, they see what is working well and try to amplify that. They give people feedback to keep going and to improve. They’re not on people’s back when the goal is clear. They value ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-08-20
  • Summer Reading
    If you have some time to spare over the summer (or the winter, if you're in the southern hemisphere), how do you recharge? Reading is a great way to both relax and recharge: great novels help you escape from the daily grind while non-fiction helps you learn new ideas and return to work inspired. I asked my network, clients, and blog readers for reading recommendations. Pick out one book and spend some time recharging.Change ManagementLeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-08-06
  • Recharging and Reading Over the Summer
    If you have some time to spare over the summer (or the winter, if you’re in the southern hemisphere), how do you recharge? Reading is a great way to both relax and recharge: great novels help you escape from the daily grind while non-fiction helps you learn new ideas and return to work inspired. I asked my network, clients, and ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-08-06
  • Manage Positive Energy To Enhance Performance
    Do you manage energy? Most of us don’t, at least not consciously. Leaders tend to manage information and influence within their network. Traditionally, leadership is associated with influencing people to do things. However, energy is a crucial resource within organizations. The fascinating thing with energy is that when you spend energy on relationships it increases. Energy is the source of ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-07-16
  • Gratitude, Contribution, and an Abundance Culture
    Let’s look at some more positivity research and a real positive case. Thanks to Kim Cameron for inspiring us with positive leadership research and practices – here are more things that you can do, too! Gratitude Research with Positive Practices shows that they increase our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. For instance: Two groups were asked to journal every day. ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-07-02
  • Gratitude grows an Abundance Culture
    Let's look at some more positivity research and a real positive case. Read my earlier post about positive leadership research. Thanks to Kim Cameron for inspiring us with positive leadership research and practices - here are more things that you can do, too!LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-07-02
  • High Performance Culture in Flow
    All organizations exist to prevent deviance. Organizations aim for stability and end up in the middle. Not bad, but neither extraordinary. The natural focus is on what's wrong and to fix that. Think of the medical perspective, legal, and business. But in the middle is not where the magic happens... The big dollar question is: How do you get organizations in a state of flow? How do we benefit from the best of the human condition? How do you create "positive deviance", or in other words, high performance?LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-06-18
  • Positive Deviance: Performance in a state of flow
    All organizations exist to prevent deviance. Organizations aim for stability and end up in the middle. Not bad, but neither extraordinary. The natural focus is on what’s wrong and to fix that. Think of the medical perspective, legal, and business. But in the middle is not where the magic happens… The big dollar question is: How do you get organizations ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-06-18
  • Retention: does your Culture help or hinder?
    66% of professionals are not planning to stay at their organization long-term. What are you doing to retain them longer? Do you develop your organizational culture and offer them a reason to stay?LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-06-04
  • Retention: does your Culture help them stay?
    66% of professionals are not planning to stay at their organization long-term. What are you doing to retain them longer? Do you develop your organizational culture and offer them a reason to stay? Retention of great employees can be extremely cost-efficient as the recruitment and on-boarding processes take time, energy and money. Every time a new colleague enters the organization ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-06-04
  • Recruitment: hiring for current or desired Culture?
    Does your organizational culture attract job applicants? Culture represents the identity of the organization and it can attract people if it radiates outside the office walls. A positive culture can be a magnet to the professionals that your organization is looking for! Professionals are more and more looking for fulfillment at work and seeing their careers as an integral part of their lives. It's not uncommon for job applicants to check Glassdoor.com first or ask their network about the culture before they apply.Organizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-05-22
  • Recruitment: Hiring for Current or Desired Culture?
    Does your organizational culture attract job applicants? Culture represents the identity of the organization and it can attract people if it radiates outside the office walls. A positive culture can be a magnet to the professionals that your organization is looking for! Professionals are more and more looking for fulfillment at work and seeing their careers as an integral part ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-05-21
  • Hero, Servant, Host: Which leader are you?
    What would you rather be: a heroic leader or a servant leader? Which do you need to develop a positive culture where people and performance thrive? Most people don't want and cannot be either. It can be demanding to be the hero who solves everything. It can be frustrating to be a servant who serves everyone.Leadership ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-05-08
  • Leadership: the Hero, the Servant, and the Host
    What would you rather be: a heroic leader or a servant leader? Which do you need to develop a positive culture where people and performance thrive? Most people don’t want and cannot be either. It can be demanding to be the hero who solves everything. It can be frustrating to be a servant who serves everyone. Positive Leadership Then what ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-05-07
  • Hack the Culture with Micro Changes
    Some organizations are still operating on industrial-age paradigms. One of my clients was working with the IT department of a very large insurance company. They were building an online platform for insurance clients to upload their documents, download their policies, make claims, and so on. The IT department embraced the Scrum methodology; they needed to be agile to serve their ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-04-23
  • Hack the Culture with micro changes
    Some organizations are still operating on industrial-age paradigms. One of my clients was working with the IT department of a very large insurance company. They were building an online platform for insurance clients to upload their documents, download their policies, make claims, and so on. The IT department embraced the Scrum methodology; they needed to be agile to serve their organization and its clients. They officially started with self-organizing teams but it didn't work very well.LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-04-23
  • Culture in Service versus Technical Organizations
    Is culture less important in a "tech company"? While it's crucial when you provide services, based on both research and practice, the answer is no. Culture matters everywhere. The Supermarket Organizations that provide a service to clients depend on culture. Services are "people work". The added value is created in interaction with the client and this results in an experience. Think of healthcare, legal advice, accountancy, government organizations, hospitality, recreation, consulting, but also retail.LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-04-10
  • Culture Matters: Service Versus Technical Companies
    Is culture less important in a tech company? While it’s crucial when you provide services, based on both research and practice, the answer is no. Culture matters everywhere. The Supermarket Organizations that provide a service to clients depend on culture. Services are “people work”. The added value is created in interaction with the client and this results in an experience. ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-04-09
  • How to sell Organizational Culture?
    How can you get buy-in to do something about the culture? It's a question people ask me often. "It's obvious: our associates are unhappy with the way we do things around here". "Our factory's performance indicators go downhill." "Retention is a disaster: new hires leave within three months." "Employee health is vital but leaders dismiss it as soft stuff. We have many employees with burnout. This workplace is a sweatshop." "The top guys are a different generation. They love their spreadsheets but don't like dialogue."ChangeLeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-03-27
  • Buy-in for Culture?
    How can you get buy-in to do something about the culture? It’s a question people ask me often. “It’s obvious: our associates are unhappy with the way we do things around here”. “Our factory’s performance indicators go downhill.” “Retention is a disaster: new hires leave within three months.” “Employee health is vital but leaders dismiss it as soft stuff. We ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-03-26
  • The best Culture for Remote Teams
    Millennials and high potentials love remote and flexible work. But what organizational culture do you need to make this a success? Flexible work arrangements are a priority for top job seekers. If you need to recruit and retain millennials to keep your workforce up to date, don't force them into an office from 9 to 5. Especially in a labor market where companies are competing for the best hires: offering flexibility is a plus! Relevant skills and character matter more than on physical location.LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-03-13
  • Positive Culture is Crucial for Remote Teams
    Flexible work isn’t just the future of work–it’s already here. Flexible work arrangements are a priority for top job seekers. If you need to recruit and retain millennials to keep your workforce up to date, don’t force them into an office from 9 to 5. Especially in a labor market where companies are competing for the best hires: offering flexibility ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-03-12
  • Can e-learning change the Culture?
    Culture can be the multiplier to either success or failure for organizations. As we've seen in my earlier article, a toxic culture might cause productivity to decrease by 40% while a positive culture might boost performance with at least 20% - but probably more (estimate based on research and my client work).ChangeOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-02-27
  • Online learning for onsite Culture Change
    Culture can be the multiplier to either success or failure for organizations. As we’ve seen in my earlier article, a toxic culture might cause productivity to decrease by 40% while a positive culture might boost performance with at least 20% – but probably more (estimate based on research and my client work). That makes the need apparent to consciously develop ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-02-26
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