Can You “Fix” Organizational Culture?

Discussions about organizational culture are everywhere. Peter Drucker’s saying of “culture eats strategy for breakfast” has been around for ages (or so it seems). It has become not only a cliché but is also the go-to-quote for every person who opines on the topic. The concept is not meant to imply that culture is the polar opposite of strategy; it’s Read More …

Collaboration: Working Smarter, Not Harder

Tools and social technologies, when rolled out thoughtfully and used correctly, can support organizational collaboration.  We live in an era of hyper connectivity with the opportunity to not only build robust social networks but also to interact across industries, time zones and geographies.  Many of us have grown accustomed to casting a wide net outside our organizations but to strengthen Read More …

Collaboration: The Role of the Leader

When embarking upon an initiative to increase – and reap the benefits of – collaboration, there are several steps for leaders to take as they begin the journey: * Determine why collaboration is desired * Define what collaboration will look like in the organization * Review the current state of the organizational culture to determine readiness * Ensure people are ready, willing Read More …

Collaboration: Motivation and Ability

Organizations that purposely embark upon initiatives to increase collaboration do so because they’ve successfully identified the reasons why the time and effort will be of benefit. The best approach occurs when there is a deliberate plan in which leaders assess when collaboration is appropriate, define desired outcomes, and commit to understanding and removing the barriers that may currently exist in Read More …

Collaboration: Why Culture Matters

When embarking upon a journey to increase or enhance collaboration in the workplace it’s necessary to assess the readiness of one’s organization.  This involves exploring what is really going on; what are the true values, beliefs, traditions, norms and behaviors? While there are many areas to explore and understand (if you are in Human Resources you should have a good Read More …