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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
  • 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
  • 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
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