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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
  • Shut Up or Speak Up – Part 1
    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 ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-11-12
  • Shut Up or Speak Up – Part 1
    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. LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-11-12
  • Behavior drives Change
    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.ChangeChange Management ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-10-29
  • Behavior drives Change
    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. ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-10-29
  • Happiness for Calvinists
    The Dutch professor Ruut Veenhoven of the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization has been researching happiness for decades. His research is exciting and aligns with the positive leadership research. Let's take a look at why happiness matters and how you can have more of it...! Veenhoven defines happiness as long-term satisfaction with your life as a whole - as opposed to temporary joy or peak moments. You can have pleasant moments, but what adds to happiness is "contentment": your perceived realization of what you truly want.LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-10-15
  • Happiness for Calvinists
    The Dutch professor Ruut Veenhoven of the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization has been researching happiness for decades. His research is exciting and aligns with the positive leadership research. Let’s take a look at why happiness matters and how you can have more of it…! Veenhoven defines happiness as long-term satisfaction with your life as a whole – as opposed ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-10-15
  • The Healing Organization
    Would you like to work at a healing organization that alleviates suffering and elevates joy? Raj Sisodia’s latest book describes a positive culture, with positive leadership – and offers organizations a calling: to contribute to healing. But should organizations heal – and what, who, and how? Aren’t organizations meant to make money, instead of healing employees, society, and the environment? ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-10-01
  • The Healing Organization
    Would you like to work at a healing organization that alleviates suffering and elevates joy? Raj Sisodia's latest book describes a positive culture, with positive leadership - and offers organizations a calling: to contribute to healing. But should organizations heal - and what, who, and how? Aren't organizations meant to make money, instead of healing employees, society, and the environment?LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-10-01
  • Power in Organizations
    Being aware of your power and how power alters your own and others' reactions helps to handle power well. This is important for everyone that wants to develop a positive culture at work. If you want to look at your personal power: check my first post about power. In this post (based on my experiences in a workshop by Julie Diamond), we look at power in organizations.LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-09-17
  • Powers of Organizations
    Being aware of your power and how power alters your own and others’ reactions helps to handle power well. This is important for everyone that wants to develop a positive culture at work. If you want to look at your personal power: check my first post about power. In this post (based on my experiences in a workshop by Julie ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-09-17
  • Power cannot be Positive, or can it?
    Power doesn’t only alter our own judgment, it also changes how people perceive and relate to us. Power has a bad name, especially for those aspiring to be positive leaders. In a positive, productive culture we don’t want to emphasize power and we like to keep the power distance small. We value equality and mutual respect. However, trivializing power doesn’t ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2019-09-03
  • Can Power be Positive?
    Power doesn’t only alter our own judgment, it also changes how people perceive and relate to us. Power has a bad name, especially for those aspiring to be positive leaders. In a positive, productive culture we don't want to emphasize power and we like to keep the power distance small. We value equality and mutual respect. However, trivializing power doesn't make it go away. Can we trust ourselves with power? How could we handle our power well and be positive leaders?LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-09-03
  • 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
  • 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 action, and organizational performance!LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-07-11
  • 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
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