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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
  • 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
  • What does a Toxic Culture cost?
    Why would organizations invest in developing an effective organizational culture? The answer is that it impacts organizational performance and that culture, as it’s hard to copy, can be a competitive advantage. It’s an asset, as Kevin Stiroh, a bank supervisor, says in Harvard Business Review. “A firm’s cultural capital is a type of asset that impacts what a firm produces and how it operates.” Though tough or toxic cultures may be a liability...Organizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-02-13
  • Tough or Toxic Culture? You pay
    Why would organizations invest in developing an effective organizational culture? The answer is that it impacts organizational performance and that culture, as it’s hard to copy, can be a competitive advantage. It’s an asset, as Kevin Stiroh, a bank supervisor, says in Harvard Business Review. “A firm’s cultural capital is a type of asset that impacts what a firm produces ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-02-12
  • What is your ideal Organizational Culture?
    Whether you are looking for a job, contemplating a move in your career, or staying where you are: what is your ideal organization culture? When would you be at your best? Remember that your time on earth is priceless! Don't settle for the daily grind. About Culture Culture goes deep, from values and beliefs to daily habits, and it's about everything. Culture is reflected in every action and interaction. Just look at the repeated interaction patterns and you'll get an idea of the "way we do things around here". Competing Values FrameworkOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-01-31
  • What Culture helps you Thrive?
    Whether you are looking for a job, contemplating a move in your career, or staying where you are: what is your ideal organization culture? When would you be at your best? Remember that your time on earth is priceless! Don’t settle for the daily grind. Look for Culture Culture goes deep, from values and beliefs to daily habits, and it’s ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-01-29
  • How Culture Boosts Performance
    Is there proof that organizational culture matters? Could it really determine performance? Let’s look at the ground-breaking study of Professors John Kotter and James Heskett. They studied the corporate cultures of over 200 companies (including Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, ICI, Nissan, and First Chicago) and tracked their economic performances over an 11-year period. What they found is fascinating: your culture can enhance economic success or make you fail to adapt to changing markets.LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-01-17
  • Performance Boost via a Positive Culture
    Is there proof that organizational culture matters? Does it really determine performance? Let’s look at the ground-breaking study of Professors John Kotter and James Heskett. They studied the corporate cultures of over 200 companies (including Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, ICI, Nissan, and First Chicago) and tracked their economic performances over an 11-year period. What they found is fascinating: your culture can enhance ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-01-15
  • Appreciating the Culture
    Happy New Year! How was your past year? Many clients told me that this year was a wild ride and that so much happened at an incredibly fast pace. It's been a rollercoaster for many with highs and lows. Appreciation I tend to focus on the highs and I have so many things that I appreciate! Active appreciation is a core skill when you're looking to develop a (more) positive live, a positive work experience, and when you want to contribute to a positive culture.LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-01-02
  • Appreciative start of the year
    Happy New Year! How was your past year? Many people told me that this year was a wild ride and that so much happened at an incredibly fast pace. It’s been a rollercoaster for many with highs and lows. Active Appreciation I tend to focus on the highs and I have so many things that I appreciate! Active appreciation is ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-01-02
  • The best Organizational Culture articles
    All of a sudden the year draws to a close. It went fast! What did you learn? What energized you? What would you like more of? How could you make your work more positive next year? How to improve organizational culture? This year's best articles on Organizational Culture might inspire you for a New, Positive year at work. Best Organizational Culture articles A Positive Culture is ProductiveOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-12-13
  • 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
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