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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
  • 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
  • Dialogue in a World Cafe
    Do you need more engagement and positive, constructive ideas? A dialogue to tap into the collective intelligence of a large department or organization can be done in a World Cafe, developed by Juanita Brown and others. The World Cafe engages people around a central theme and helps them connect and learn. Like all great things, it’s simple but can be ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-04-03
  • Review your culture, review my book
    If you want to learn more about culture the TV program Undercover Boss can be very instructive. This reality show has been running since 2010 and the format is predictable but entertaining. Organizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-03-29
  • Positive Deviance
    Positive cultures lead to productivity and can even stir high performance or “positive deviance”. How could you make that work? People perform best when they feel good about themselves, plus: when they know what they must do and what the criteria are. Clarity Though rather simple, this is explained in The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-03-27
  • Involving and empowering others
    Today, let’s focus on developing a positive, productive culture from a leading position, so you can involve more others than as an individual positive agent. How could you work with your team or organization? Invite By involving – I mean inviting others. A positive, productive culture is built on intrinsic motivation and its energy. People contribute because they are energized ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-03-20
  • Webinar: How positive is your impact?
    Do you need your team or organization to be more innovative, agile, productive, and engaging? Then helping them develop a more positive culture is something to seriously consider. But wait a minute. Wouldn’t that require a huge culture program? Well, maybe not! What if you could start small, and today? Research and practice show that Interaction Interventions influence your team ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-03-13
  • Positive Culture Webinar
    Do you or your clients need their organizations to be more innovative, agile, productive, and engaging? Then helping them develop a more positive culture is something to seriously consider.ChangeLeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-03-08
  • I love Liberating Structures
    If you really want a positive culture and extraordinary meetings, I recommend the Liberating Structures (LS), developed by Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless. LS focus on changing routine habits of interaction and the culture will be influenced organically. LS are “microstructures” that shape your conversations and meetings. They may seem small but have a big impact. Old-fashioned micro-structures The five ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-03-06
  • How to improve your meetings?
    What I’ve learned about improving meetings in my client work aligns with Dan Mezick’s tips to “game your meetings”. Mezick learned this as a Scrum consultant who helped organizations adopt this agile approach to software development. The Scrum methodology aims to create a learning climate that values quick testing and experimenting, inspection and interaction to avoid the expensive, lengthy software ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-02-27
  • Does your Team want to be more Positive?
    How positive do you feel? And how is your culture doing? If it is anything less than positive and productive, you might want to read this post! Personally, I'm feeling positive. I've just had a week of milestones. My new Positive Culture book came out, the online Positive Culture Academy opened its doors, I was honored as one of thirty global Organizational Culture Gurus and I celebrated my birthday.LeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-02-22
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