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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 2
    By Graham Williams & Justin KennedyLeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-11-26
  • 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
    Happiness for Calvinists Marcella Bremer Tue, 15/10/2019 - 15:50 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. Inside and Outside Being happy is the outcome of inner processes and outside circumstances. Internal processes, or "the art of living," can help to handle the challenges that life throws at you and to achieve your goals. Outer circumstances beyond your control determine how "livable" your situation is.   Veenhoven researched happiness between 135 countries (source: World Database of Happiness). He found that several factors add to the quality of life across nations. Think of the quality of government services, economic wealth, democracy, gender equality, mental health care, and not too much income inequality. (People in the Netherlands belong to the happiest in the world.) Within countries, your social-economic position and your network explain differences in happiness. Why aim for Happy people? But why does this matter? Happiness sounds suspicious in many Calvinistic countries. It would make you lazy, selfish, consuming too much, and not critical enough. However, research shows something different. Happy people are more active, engaged, social, and healthy. This aligns with Barbara Fredrickson's Broaden and Build Theory: when you feel good, you have access to more ideas, more energy, more resources, and courage, and you learn more skills as you try more. This multiplies as you attract people with ...
    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 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
    The Healing Organization Marcella Bremer Tue, 01/10/2019 - 15:42 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? That's a narrow and selfish view of business, says Conscious Capitalism’s co-founder Raj Sisodia. His book, The Healing Organization, written with Michael Gelb, invites us to develop healing organizations that alleviate suffering and elevate joy. Sisodia was interviewed Jane Dutton and Monica Worline of the Center for Positive Organizations of the University of Michigan. Dutton and Worline also did uplifting research and published the great book Compassion at Work.  Stoic suffering "We live in a world of suffering alongside beauty, but still: so much suffering" says Sisodia. Modern corporations have been focused on profits over people and the environment, but this approach to capitalism is no longer viable. There's an epidemic of unnecessary suffering connected with business, including the destruction of the environment; increasing numbers living paycheck-to-paycheck and barely surviving (despite working full-time or even multiple jobs); rising rates of depression and stress leading to chronic health problems. Business must take the lead in healing the crises of our time. Sisodia: "Healing is a meta purpose for our time." "When I wrote Everybody Matters with Bob Chapman, the CEO if Barry Wehmuller, I realized again: people burnout through work. We need wholeness and community through business. Healing is a synonym for wholeness. We should give people a future, we should care." Sisodia was also inspired by Greyston Bakery. Their purpose is to "give people a first chance". Often, ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished 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? ... 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 cannot be Positive, or can it? Marcella Bremer Tue, 03/09/2019 - 15:27 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?  During a workshop from Julie Diamond, I learned that it's best to be aware of power. Even when the word power is a taboo. "People often correct me and say we should talk about authority or influence, not power!", says Diamond. She's an American leadership consultant and the author of the book "Power - a user's guide". Your Personal Power Power differences between people are inevitable, also in flat organizations or groups of friends. We all have power somewhere, based on our position, our talents, our character, our beauty, our contributions, our wit. People have a social rank that differs for each context. You could be the formal leader, or the oldest child in the room, the best salesperson or the kindest friend. Your social rank varies: power is contextual. Power happens naturally and helps to establish order in a group.  For instance, Diamond always noticed a cheerful clerk at her airport kiosk. One day she asked him: How come you're always good tempered? He answered: "I make people happy. This is my counter so the people that I serve are friendly." He used his personal power and influenced his customers even when they were grumpy and in a hurry. That's what I ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2019-09-03
  • 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
    Positive Self-Leadership: Progress, not Perfection Marcella Bremer Tue, 20/08/2019 - 15:14 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. For many, this is easier said than done though. What keeps professionals from practicing positive leadership, self-leadership included, is perfectionism. Perfectionism is the opposite of positive energy. It is depleting. I see it a lot, working with both leaders and associates in organizations. We put the bar high. We judge and criticize ourselves. If you do that, it's easy to judge and criticize the others, and their work. It feels fake to notice what is good enough, what is working well, and what you appreciate. Good enough? I think most of us recognize bits of perfectionism. It seems perfectionism originates in childhood when our parents and teachers approve of us when we are good, when we conform to the norms.  The pace and demands of our technological society are high. You order something, it's delivered the next day. You want to conform to that norm. You expect excellence, immediately. From yourself and others. At work, you're also supposed to be flawless, rational, valuable. Your leader approves of you when you deliver. You approve of yourself when you do. So, the question is: Are you good enough? Or, are you an impostor fearing to be exposed? Perfection Do you have perfectionistic tendencies? Do you set your standards too high, for ...
    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 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
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