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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
  • 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
  • 16 quotes on Positive Culture
    I'd like to share these 16 quotes from my Positive Culture book as a mini-course! The occasion is that my publisher offers the Kindle version of my Positive Culture book at only 99 cents from 26-28 June! Benefit from these 3 magic days and download your copy today. Don’t have a Kindle? Don’t worry: with the free Kindle app, you can read any book on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer.LeadershipOCAIOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-06-26
  • The Positive Culture Book cheaper than coffee
    Exciting news: the publisher offers the Kindle version of my Positive Culture book at only 99 cents from 26-28 June! Benefit from these 3 magic days and download your copy today. In this post, you’ll find 16 quotes from my book as a super condensed mini-course! Which one is your favorite and why…? Don’t have a Kindle? Don’t worry, I ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-06-26
  • What’s your Why? Here’s mine.
    What’s my Why? Why do I care about contributing to positive organizations? Maybe because I know what it’s like to be “doing time” within a locked building, ruled by the clock. I’ve been there. I also know that we are blessed to live now: we have many more opportunities than our ancestors ever had. It’s vital that we develop our ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-06-19
  • Are you part of a Positive Change Circle?
    Seventeen consultants and leaders from four continents spent three days together in a countryside venue on a riverbank. The May 2018 Culture Change Leadership Workshop was intense. The topics: organizational culture, organizational change, the Competing Values Framework and the OCAI, positive leadership, positive culture, change circles, and interaction interventions.ChangeCompeting Values FrameworkLeadershipOCAIOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-06-14
  • Love in the workplace
    Is your workplace positive and loving? Does the question make you flinch? The word love is reserved for the private space. It is a taboo at work. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no love in the workplace! We call it differently, we express it differently than at home, but all positive organizations practice love. Moreover, fresh research shows that ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-06-05
  • Doing things right or doing the right things?
    What is more rewarding for you? Doing things the right way, or doing the right things? Of course, both can be rewarding. It's great when my bookkeeper confirms I submitted my tax forms correctly. Task accomplished, done the right way! Duty fulfilled. However, it's probably even more rewarding when you do something that's the right thing for you to do: aligned with your purpose, your criteria. I am enthused when I create something new; a blog post or book or course.Case StudiesCompeting Values FrameworkOCAIOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-05-31
  • Positive Power Overview Part Five
    Here’s the overview of the last part of my book: “Positive Power at Work – How to make a positive difference from any position.” Are you able, willing and ready to be a Positive Agent? This part about “WE” focuses on the team and the organization. How can you create a culture where people thrive and achieve shared goals? How ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-05-22
  • Safety First for a Positive Culture
    "Group performance depends on behavior that communicates one powerful overarching idea: We are safe here." That says Daniel Coyle in his book The Culture Code. (Thank you for the excellent summary, fellow author and consultant Steve Gladis!) A jerk on your team even reduces performance by 30-40 percent! A leader who neutralizes that player by creating safety changes the game.LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-05-16
  • Change Circles engage the whole
    Now we get to the last part of this positive power series, where we focus on the whole organization. So far, we have seen Interaction Interventions that you can deploy individually or with a few other Positive Agents to influence your group or organization. The motto of Interaction Interventions is: If you want to go fast, travel alone… (and you ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-05-15
  • Letting go for leaders
    Letting go is vital for cultures, leaders, employees, and organizations. Without letting go, organizations whither away due to micro-management. Too much control stifles engagement, agility, innovation, collaboration, responsibility, and so on! It’s dangerous. Ricardo Semler One of the most provocative and inspiring initiators of letting go of control is Ricardo Semler. In 1982, he took over his father’s company Semco ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-05-08
  • Dare you share failures?
    Learning is crucial for a positive culture, but it hardly ever happens without mistakes, hickups, or failures. Learning fast, and learning from others’ failures as well, helps your organization become more agile and better. In conventional cultures, however, it’s not common to admit failures even though failure is critical to success. In nuclear plant accidents, the NASA Challenger disaster and ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-05-01
  • Company Culture: Everything for a smile
    Culture is everywhere where people get together. You don't need to be a co-worker: sometimes you even have a better vantage point as a visitor or a client. Over the past weeks, I've had many encounters with small companies as a client. As we were rebuilding and furnishing our vacation home we were working side by side with our contractor's employees who tiled the kitchen and bathroom, installed the appliances, rewired the electricity, and so on. Next, I met the boys of the delivery services transporting the new beds and other things that we bought online.Change ManagementCompeting Values FrameworkLeadershipOCAIOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-04-25
  • How could I develop a positive culture?
    In this blog, I’ve been reviewing many small, personal ways to contribute to a more positive culture at work. But what if you want to engage your whole organization? In that case, a culture survey might be a good starting point. It helps to map where you are now and where you would like to go and start the conversation. ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-04-24
  • Are you still learning?
    When was the last time you learned something new? Being a newbie again, can be a wonderful experience. People who thrive have a sense of learning and vitality, as Gretchen Spreitzer and Christine Porath found. Flow, as Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi showed, is the state where you are challenged and learn, but though there is a “stretch” you are not challenged beyond ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-04-17
  • A high-performance culture is a positive culture
    The OCAI culture survey asks people to rate both their current culture and what they desire for the future. What do you think? What would your ideal organizational culture look like?ChangeCompeting Values FrameworkLeadershipOCAIOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-04-12
  • The power of purpose
    You probably know the story of three masons chipping chunks of granite from large blocks. When a bypasser asked what they were doing, the first Mason said: “I’m cutting stones”. The second man replied: “I am building a wall.” The third, who was humming a tune as he worked, smiled, “I am building a cathedral!” Job, career, or calling? That ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-04-10
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