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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 happens in meetings?
    Let’s take another look at meetings as they are important indicators of organizational culture. We’ve checked why there are meetings. This week, let’s look at what happens in meetings. Meet how? The How: How often are meetings held, and with whom? Is it a standard circus, like the bi-weekly team meeting, scheduled with an iron format? Or are meetings incidentally ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-02-20
  • Valentines at work
    Hey, Valentines. We were talking about meetings on this blog but, this week, we’ll make the workplace kinder. Let’s spread some “Valentines” at work. Random acts of kindness Random acts of kindness are the easiest way to develop a more positive culture at work. You can do them anonymously – and on the go. It fits any culture type. But ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-02-13
  • Why did I write the Positive Culture Book?
    Organizational culture is one of my favorite topics. That's why I work with and write about it. At the occasion of my new book "Developing a Positive Culture where People and Performance Thrive", one of our OCAI partners, consultant Andrea Simon, interviewed me for her blog. Let me share some parts of that interview. Could the Positive Culture book be helpful for your team or organization as well? Andrea: Who are you, and why are you so involved in helping organizations get their "Culture" right?Change ManagementLeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-02-08
  • Why do you have meetings?
    Are you looking forward to meetings? Many people hear a firm No inside. Meetings are often associated with wasting time and practicing patience. In many organizations, they are the opposite of fun, learning, true connection, positive awareness, and shared purpose. Hence, they do not contribute to a positive culture that needs these four ingredients. Game your meetings As Daniel Mezick ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-02-06
  • Positive Energizers
    Individually, you can influence people to be more positive. When you do this in a conscious effort with a group, not only can you influence more others but you can also support each other. We all have doubts, or lack courage every now and then. A team can help you persist. Energizers So who are the others that can help ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-01-30
  • Paper or Palpable Change
    Many organizations are struggling to adjust to our current "VUCA" world. VUCA is abbreviated for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. Where the world once moved at a slower pace, with more predictable challenges, among markets and competitors you knew, and consumers being less demanding, the world has gone "crazy." Technology is connecting everything and everyone, disruptive new inventions emerge, service economies breed demanding customers, and we need to respond faster and multi-task more.Change ManagementCompeting Values FrameworkOCAIOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-01-25
  • Dyads or Triads?
    Does your organization prefer Dyads or Triads? One-on-ones can be very productive and comfortable to exchange information. In the intimacy of our shared office, I can talk with that colleague sitting across from me. That feels safe if I trust her. I can discuss my insecurities or doubts about a project and she could coach me. (I won’t if I ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-01-23
  • Are you Downloading, Debating or in Dialogue?
    Welcome back to the Positive Power series. Here’s part 3 at the team and organization level of “WE”. Let’s see what interactions you see happening around you. Otto Scharmer discerns four levels of conversation in organizations. Downloading People are talking nice, they are polite. They reenact the rules of conversation. They “download” a conversation format. They hear what they expect ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-01-16
  • A Positive Culture is Productive
    Why did you deploy the OCAI in your organization, or why did you try the individual OCAI One version? Probably because you suspect that your current culture could improve. It might be disengaged, or resistant to change and slow to keep up with competitors in the market. Your numbers could be disappointing or you wonder why employees nor clients are happy, no matter what you offer.Organizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-01-11
  • Learning to develop a Positive Culture?
    “I believe that organizations have the potential to be places of healing. Almost all of us come to work with “baggage” – often counterproductive coping mechanisms learned from hard experience in past jobs, in our families, in our personal lives.” I wholeheartedly agree with Chris White, director of the Center for Positive Organizations, University of Michigan, who shared this in ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-01-09
  • Best Culture articles of 2017
    Let's look ahead and develop more positive organizational cultures in 2018. But let's also briefly look back, reflect and learn. Here are seven of the best-received posts or overview posts on #culture, published on this blog in 2017. Organizational Culture Gurus Organizational Culture Gurus contribute to creating positive organizational cultures. Here are four grand gurus and many practical approach gurus. Who is a culture hero for you?OCAIOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2018-01-04
  • Positive Power Overview – Part Four
    Here’s the overview of the fourth part of my book/blog: “Positive Power at Work – How to make a positive difference from any position.” Are you able, willing and ready to be a Positive Agent? You can make a positive difference from any position, without needing permission or resources from others. This blog will help you see positive possibilities and ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2018-01-02
  • Ask me Anything: Culture grows through interactions
    Here’s part 2 of answering this question: “Our company grew from 100 employees to over 600 in the last three years. How could we keep the core values consistent and in front of everyone?” In part 1, we saw that there are three phases to keeping a culture alive, vibrant and strong even when the number of employees grows rapidly:LeadershipOCAIOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2017-12-21
  • Positive feedback!
    Feedback can be positive as well, of course. Why not train yourself to give and receive positive feedback? It is a quick and easy way to contribute to a positive work climate and be a positive agent. That is if you are congruent and authentic. If you don’t mean it, don’t say it. It may be easy to forget giving compliments ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-12-19
  • Do you take it personally?
    Did you ever receive clumsy feedback on the identity level that made you feel hurt, scared and worthless? Most of us did… The distinction between the levels of being and doing might help to receive feedback gracefully. If you imagine two circles, the inner circle is your being. It is not directly visible on the outside, but it is inside ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-12-12
  • Ask me Anything: Culture dilutes as companies grow
    Here’s a question that people often ask me: “Our company grew from 100 employees to over 600 in the last three years. How could we keep the core values consistent and in front of everyone?” Someone else: “The organizational culture becomes diluted as new employees join in and bring in characteristics from other organizations.”LeadershipOCAIOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2017-12-06
  • Are you afraid of feedback?
    Without honest, constructive and engaged feedback there can be no learning. You need to know whether to continue and all is well – or whether to adjust what you do. Feedback is simply information from the system. When you go bowling feedback tells you how many bowling pins you floored. Your HR dashboards tell the number of sick days and ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-12-05
  • How do you respond to intimidation?
    It’s a beautiful intention to use your personal positive power and be a positive agent. But what about being bullied and intimidated? Some workplaces are toxic or dangerous. I know. It’s for you to decide when you are safe enough to do something about it. Let’s take a quick look at intimidation, bullying, unreasonable negative feedback, harsh criticism or vague ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-11-28
  • How do you respond to politics at work?
    How do you respond to political plotting? It may not be easy but it is necessary to contribute to more positive workplaces! And it’s something you can do, regardless of your role. Every interaction makes a difference. Again, it’s important to acknowledge the others’ underlying need. It might be a need to bond with an ally or the need to ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-11-21
  • Ask me Anything: Best Culture for Men versus Women?
    Is there a difference between the culture profiles of men and women at work? Do they thrive in different cultures? Here’s an interesting question in response to my “Ask Me Anything on Culture” offer, so let’s take a look! The database of OCAI Online contains the responses of thousands of people across the globe. (In my new book, I’ll share a culture profile of what most people desire at work compared to what they currently experience! Stay tuned! Expected publishing date in December). For now, let’s focus on the difference between men and women in the USA.OCAIOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2017-11-16
  • How do you respond to gossip?
    How do you feel when someone gossips or complains about someone else? It depends, of course. It can be great to agree because it creates a feeling of bonding. “The two of us agree and it’s us against that person or that issue”. It can be such a relief to vent. But it may not be what you’d like to ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-11-14
  • How to address monsters in meta?
    In this post, let’s take a look at how you could address “monsters in the room” and use “meta-communication” that addresses the how and why. First, it’s crucial to check your attitude: Am I treating the other as a person? Next, you could ask yourself: What do I want for myself, the other, and the relationship? Are you entrenched within ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-11-07
  • Ask me Anything: Culture Benchmarks?
    Are benchmarks useful? How can my organization learn from the culture profile of our economic sector? I received this question in response to the “Ask Me Anything on Culture” and I’m happy to answer it here. Compare yourself In general, companies love benchmarks. It gives an opportunity to compare the organization to the competition in the same market. It seems to answer the question: how are we doing? Are we normal? Are better or worse?Competing Values FrameworkOCAIOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2017-11-02
  • Is it safe or are there monsters?
    I simply love the Crucial Conversations book that covers how to have any conversation and respond to any reaction, while you stay true to yourself and enhance safety and respect in the relationship. Conversations are often difficult when stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Most people avoid them or don’t handle them well, resulting in the silence ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-10-31
  • How to train your listening skills?
    The counterpart of Inquiry is Listening. As we are often in telling mode and we value doing over being, listening may not come naturally. I assume that we could all use the exercise below and repeat it from time to time. I myself have to slow down, focus my attention and practice patience. I’m always tempted to jump in and ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-10-24
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