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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
  • Hofstede Culture Dimensions
    I’ve introduced Geert Hofstede a couple of posts ago, so I’ll share a bit more about his work as an “in-between post” in my Personal Positive Power blog series. He researched national cultures and I admire his work. He offers insights about organizational culture as well: check out his book “Cultures and Organizations – software of the mind – Intercultural ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-10-05
  • Culture Secrets
    Companies who consider the OCAI to change their culture often ask me for success rates. Apart from OCAI’s thorough research basis and validation, they want to assess up front whether it will be worth the time and money. Does the OCAI work? Does the OCAI work? The truthful but rather lame answer is that the OCAI works if you put in the work. One of our partner consultants summarizes this for her clients before they start. There are three possible outcomes when you use the OCAI to assess your current and preferred culture.Case StudiesChange ManagementCompeting Values FrameworkOCAI ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2017-10-04
  • The art of asking
    Humble Inquiry is the art of asking questions to which you do not already know the answer. It is building a relationship based on curiosity and interest in the other person, says Edgar Schein in his book Humble Inquiry. Our culture is biased toward telling. When in telling mode, we hope to educate, impress, or to entertain. Western, egalitarian and ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-10-03
  • Silence, Violence or Flow?
    What kind of interactions are taking place around you? A helpful discernment is whether there is silence, violence, or a natural flow in a conversation – as described in Patterson’s a.o. book Crucial Conversations. In crucial conversations there is a lot at stake and we often hold things inside by going silent until we can take it no longer—and then ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-09-26
  • Are you aware of culture?
    Lately, I discussed communication in my Personal Positive Power series to make a positive difference. But are you aware of how your communication is influenced by the culture you’re part of? Geert Hofstede, the Dutch culture researcher and one of my true gurus (I love his work) says: Culture reproduces itself. You learn when to be proud and when to ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-09-21
  • How national is your organizational culture?
    This is a dangerous question, probably. Every answer is a generalization of national culture, and we're often sensitive because it touches on identity. But the question is relevant. Stubborn I used to be Dutch. In my first job, working with the Dutch Army, I heard that Dutch soldiers were seen as stubborn and (too) autonomous. Foreign generals who commanded multinational troops had to get used to the Dutch. They could not simply "order" the Dutch to do something. They wanted a Why, an explanation, and sometimes even offered alternatives. "What if we...."Change ManagementLeadershipOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2017-09-21
  • Are you congruent?
    In every interaction there are three levels that influence its effect and meaning: What – the content; the words I say How – the process; how I say it (nonverbal communication) Why – the intention; the meaning, what I am trying to accomplish with this interaction. We tend to focus on What people say and are less aware of the ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-09-19
  • Are you strategic or reactive about your culture?
    Guest post by Sarah Skidmore Company culture is a touchy subject for some business owners. And, as a professional coach, if I don’t approach the client within their context, I most certainly will receive a defensive response.Case StudiesOCAI ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2017-09-14
  • Positive Communication
    “Every professional context is created by the conversations that people have. (..) Every moment of interaction is important. Positive communication can help create positive organizational climates, high-quality relationships, and affect a wide range of outcomes such as health, learning, or morale.” That’s what researchers Julien Mirivel and Ryan Fuller found out. Even something as simple as the absence or presence ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-09-12
  • Personal Positive Power from me to YOU
    Welcome back, positive people! I hope your summer was energizing! Are you ready to continue your path to being a positive agent and contributing to positive change, regardless of your position? If you’ve been following this book that I blog online, you’ve done your personal preparation and you’re ready, willing and able to be a positive agent. If you just ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-09-05
  • Using the OCAI in Leadership Search
    Guest post by Marc T. Frankel and Judith SchechtmanCase StudiesLeadershipOCAIOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2017-08-31
  • Being Positive
    Guest post by Graham Williams. “The frames our minds create define – and confine – what we perceive to be possible. Every problem, every dilemma, every dead end we find ourselves facing in life, only appears unsolvable inside a particular frame or point of view”. That is what Rosamund Stone & Benjamin Zander explain in their book The Art of ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-08-29
  • Compassion at Work
    Compassion at Work is a really important book for people to read and, moreover, to apply. As Fred Kofman wrote in Conscious Business, “There are no death camps in corporations, but many apparently successful companies hide great suffering in their basements.” Is it really that bad? There are still too many organizations where it is that bad. That’s why the ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-08-23
  • Did you ever fail forward?
    What does it mean to Fail Forward? According to quora.com, “Failing forward implies moving forward despite failures.” Failing forward is essential to learn and develop in your life and work. It’s getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new. It is a crucial part of self-development, and it’s embedded in the culture of successful innovative, entrepreneurial, and agile ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-08-15
  • Culture Models Overview
    Welcome to this overview of the best-known organizational culture models that we have discussed.It is crucial to understand where you are right now before you develop or change anything. There are roughly two ways to understand and assess the culture:Competing Values FrameworkOCAIOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2017-08-10
  • Midsummer blogs part 2
    What are you reading this summer? Here are some more midsummer blogs for you to consider (also see the selection of last week if you like): More than 200 timeless lessons about how to achieve personal and professional success. These articles, written by Todd Smith, an entrepreneur for the last 34 years, reveal that it is indeed the little things ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-08-08
  • Midsummer blogs part 1
    I hope you can take some time off this summer and spend it with your loved ones and activities you love! This is a great time for reflection and relaxation so you may emerge refreshed and inspired in September. Whether it’s vacation or staycation this year – what are you reading? Here are some midsummer blogs for you to consider: ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-08-01
  • Culture Models compared: normative or descriptive?
    Culture models: In addition to Barrett Spiral Dynamics, and Human Synergistics, there are other developmental culture theories. Frederic Laloux predicts the fifth stage of organizations with a “Teal” culture, Bruce Schneider with seven levels, and Dave Logan identifies five stages of cultures.Competing Values FrameworkOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2017-07-27
  • Falling in Flow
    Guest post by Ajit Mathur. When was the last time you were so engaged in an activity that you simply lost track of the time? And you were enjoying it so much that you wanted it to go on and on? What were you doing? Painting, or playing piano, or playing tennis, or talking to a group on your favorite ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-07-25
  • How Positivity helped me forward
    Guest post by Pete Grosse. As an entrepreneur focused on workplace culture, engagement and providing the optimum environments for people to do the best work they can, I strive to promote positive power every day. Why? Because I know first-hand how it feels to be disengaged from work and to feel the specter of negativity (my own and that of ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-07-18
  • Barrett Values Spiral Dynamics Culture Model
    Richard Barrett’s evolutionary model of development of personal and organizational values is impressive - as described in his book Building a Values-Driven Organization: A Whole System Approach to Cultural Transformation. The model is based on Don Beck’s Spiral Dynamics (levels of consciousness), integrated with Barrett’s own seven levels of consciousness model and Ken Wilber’s four Quadrants.Competing Values FrameworkOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2017-07-12
  • Do your conversations count?
    Guest Post by Graham Williams In ancient Hindu, Sumer, Roman and in Greek civilizations conversations were crucial to progress. Practiced by the Knights of the Round Table, group conversation was the engine of the Renaissance. Conversations enlivened French salons, and are integral to early Aboriginal, Maori, African cultures. Shaka Zulu’s UK UXO Xa impi were motivational warrior conversations around a ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-07-11
  • Positive Power Overview – Part Three
    Here’s the overview of the third 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? Part Three explores the personal preparation that we might need to do before we can make a positive difference. Why is that? If we don’t ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-07-06
  • Do others still bother you?
    You, too, are probably mistreated in one way or another. You might be overlooked, blamed, discriminated against, criticized in one context or another. But you still have the choice to see the other as a whole person. That is what great people did: they did not become bitter by their unjust treatment and saw others only as demons or caricatures. ... Read More ...
    Source: L&C MagazinePublished on 2017-06-30
  • OCI Human Synergistics Culture Model
    Culture Models Continued: The Organizational Culture Inventory (OCI) is a culture survey developed and validated by Clayton Lafferty and Robert Cooke - also branded as Human Synergistics. They discern twelve behavioral and thinking styles of both individuals and organizations - based on a grid with two polarities: people versus task orientation, and satisfaction versus security needs. The twelve styles are grouped into three general clusters: Constructive, Passive/Defensive, and Aggressive/Defensive.Competing Values FrameworkOrganizational culture ...
    Source: OCAI onlinePublished on 2017-06-29
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