[Critical Path 2 of 6]Culture Shift and Transformation is the second of 6 Critical Paths for Culture Success. We’ve been exploring key business strategies that can achieve stronger outcomes with Archetypes.
Many organizations are interested in measuring their culture, but they hesitate because they realize that if they do measure their culture, they may find that it needs to change.
While the prospect of culture change may feel daunting at first, it’s not as scary, overwhelming, or impossible as you might fear. With the right framework and process, a culture transformation can be distilled into practical steps and behaviors that get people at all levels of the organization rowing in the same direction.
Culture transformation is simply behavior change at scale. For change to stick, you need buy-in on all levels.
You want to people asking — as an organization, as a team, and as individuals:
If you can accomplish this, it sets off a chain reaction where changes unfold and gain momentum.
We tackled the topic of culture shift in four LinkedIn LIVE conversations, including two work-in-progress case studies of culture transformations at large organizations. Read on for the highlights.
Organizational development expert and CultureTalk Partner Todd Sazdoff joined us to discuss an ambitious culture shift initiative his team is leading. Here’s In this science-driven organization, expertise is often called into action. While playing the Hero is a point of pride, burnout is rife and past restructurings have left lingering divides and dissatisfaction.
Todd shared what he’s learned along the way during this ongoing change project.
“At the start of this process, culture feels nebulous and intangible. Now we’re at a point where there's a strategic action plan with 23 discrete things that have been identified as needing to be shifted in some fashion.”
| Todd Sazdoff, CultureTalk Certified Partner
We hosted a discussion on how you can implement culture change that will support your strategic goals.
We were joined by CultureTalk Partner Reynaldo Naves, who shared a case study on how his team designed a desired culture and navigated change at one of Latin America’s largest companies.
“In the end, you have to engage people, not in the headquarters, but you have to engage people in the shop in Montevideo, Uruguay. You have to use their words, their feelings and their way of work.”
| Reynaldo Naves, Olivia, CultureTalk Certified Partner
Culture touches everything. Many in-house teams or coaches and consultants are working on culture – even if they call their area of specialty by a different name! The fact is ‘culture’ underpins critical initiatives across the talent life cycle and the organizational ecosystem. So, if you are working in one or more of these areas — your efforts are connected to culture.
CultureTalk co-founders Cynthia Forstmann and Theresa Agresta took to LinkedIn LIVE to answer the question: Who are the people who shape culture? And, is it time to start shaping it on purpose?
“We can't artificially separate the organizational system from the people who are part of it.”
| Cynthia Forstmann, CultureTalk Co-Founder
Culture is the glue that binds organizations, teams, and individuals together. And sometimes a culture needs to change to support new strategies and growth. In this conversation, CultureTalk co-founders Cynthia Forstmann and Theresa Agresta walked through the process of building a culture shift initiative and shared why it’s so critical to create buy-in on all levels.
“Culture is not a side road, it’s THE road”
| Theresa Agresta, CultureTalk Co-Founder
Have you been tasked with shaping and shifting culture? Learn more about CultureTalk Certification and how you can bring these tools into your organization or practice.
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