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Corporate Cultures Crazy Impact on the World

A colleague in the Global Network of Cultural Transformation Consultants, Carol Ring, wrote this newsletter on the Impact of Corporate Culture. I thought it was brilliant and with her permission, I am sharing it with you

 

Make no mistake: the Olympic Games are big business, occurring every two years and ranging in budget from $1 billion to $51 billion. But despite the reports of cost and budget overruns that lead up to each game, at the end of the day, the Olympics draw almost 4 billion viewers worldwide. That’s more than double the number of users on Facebook!

 

What is it about the values of the Olympic Games that transcends business to bring people together in such a meaningful way? Why is it that the image we remember most is that of more than 200 National Athletic Associations standing peacefully under the symbol of the Olympic rings? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if outside of the Olympic Games this appearance of common ground was real?

 

A global partnership

In 2000 the members of the United Nations adopted an ambitious framework of 8 global goals. These goals range from halving extreme poverty rates, to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education. And while many governments and not-for-profits have been involved in the work, so have many for-profit businesses.

 

When economies thrive so do the communities around them. How is your business supporting the bigger picture of global success? Are you lifting local communities out of poverty? Are you emphasizing the importance of global health care with your corporate social responsibility efforts?

 

How values drive global development

If solving the issues of the world were as easy as bringing athletes together, or making global declarations we would have solved world peace many years ago. The World Values Survey (WVS) has been doing some interesting work to better understand how the values of a nation are driving global development. The WVS has over the years demonstrated that people’s beliefs play a key role in economic development, the emergence and flourishing of democratic institutions, the rise of gender equality, and the extent to which societies have effective government. Through their survey they have been able to map the values of over 80 countries. You can check out where your country falls here.

 

As the values of a nation evolve the political will for change grows. Australia is an example of a country that has taken up the challenge to define the kind of country they want to be. They call their initiative The Big Conversation. Over 2,000 Australians were engaged in a National Values Assessment. The survey highlighted that the country suffered from bureaucracy, blame and wasted resources. By focusing on reducing the costs and unproductive energy associated with these limiting values Australia hopes to put itself in a position of global competitiveness. This work has not been dumped on the government alone; the initiative is a call to all sectors to embrace the people’s desire to move away from these constraining attributes.

 

An Outward Ripple by Business

Each and every one of us has the ability to influence our national cultures because ultimately, individuals create national cultures. To improve our national cultures, we must improve our own corporate cultures as well as be active guardians of governmental actions and policies that have an impact on those cultures.

 

In the same manner, each of us has the ability to influence the cultures of other nations. In 1998, as a result of his first-grade project, young Ryan Hreljac decided to raise $70 to pay for a water well in Africa. Three years later, at the ripe age of 10, he created Ryan’s Well Foundation, which to date has helped build more than 1,090 water projects serving more than 864,768 Africans.

 

To change the world do we need to be a Ryan or lead a campaign on the scale of Australia’s Big Conversation? Absolutely not; these are heady challenges. However, we can align our values to make our world substantially better than it is today. If the athletes of hundreds of nations can stand together peacefully under the values of the Olympic Games, then better awareness and implementation of our personal values can certainly improve our communities and businesses and indeed influence entire nations.

 

I encourage you to think about where you will make changes in your corporate culture to help influence the values of your community. How can your business contribute to a shift toward a stronger national culture? You see, it’s not that crazy to think that our organizations’ culture can impact the world. Together we can be the ripple in the pond and effect great change.

 

Wishing you success.

Carol Ring

TheCultureConnection.com

www.carolring.ca

 

With love from Singapore

Joanna Barclay

 

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With 30 years in business transformation working with organizations, Joanna’s passion lies in working with leaders, facilitating active participation in organizational change, developing resourceful teams and aligning strategic objectives. Her goal is to help organizations become high performing and values-driven, where people take ownership, build commitment and bridge communication gaps. As CEO of the Culture Leadership Group, she ensures successful transformation from concept through to implementation.

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Healthy Conversations to Improve Staff Engagement

In recent cultural values assessments conducted for clients interested in feedback about their workplace culture, several things have been showing up consistently. The desire for the following competencies related to facilitative leadership. With low staff morale, engagement and productivity, I believe we as leaders need to be the change and start having more facilitative dialogue with Staff.

The first step in transformation of any kind is to become aware of the problems and the need for change. Organizational transformation happens one healthy conversation at a time. Therefore each conversation we have with Staff is an opportunity to build engagement and empower them to be the change they want to see.

What is the quality of the conversations you are leading with staff?

How do you rate yourself on the follow facilitative leadership competencies?

Facilitative Leadership Competencies

  • Seeks advice. Builds consensus. Creates positive spirit.
  • Strong focus on continuous learning, continuous renewal and innovation.
  • Actively engaged in own personal development, and supports personal development of direct reports.
  • Empowers staff to make decisions. Resists the temptation to micro manage the work of others.
  • Adaptable, courageous and enjoys challenges.

Tips for Healthy Conversations:

Speaking: Say what you mean

Speaking with care enables people to understand and dialogue with your ideas

  • Think before you speak
  • Your voice and body communicate
  • Stick to the topic
  • Speak with the person or group
  • Say what you intend
  • Imagine the results

 

Listening: Hearing what others mean

Listening is about trust, respect, involvement and information more that it is about ears.

  • Stop talking
  • Look, act and be interested
  • Don’t interrupt
  • Try to get inside the other’s perspective
  • Listen between the lines
  • Watch body language

 

Asking: Interacting with intention

Questions are the vehicle that take us to interaction and understanding.

  • Clarify what has been said
  • Probe to find deeper meaning
  • Generate non-linear, creative thinking
  • Promote looking below the surface
  • Encourage reflection
  • Move toward action

Be sure to visit our Resource Center for valuable leadership development resources

Our E-learning Seminar - Building Your High Performing Workplace.

To find out what your personal values are that empower you to higher performance and productivity, take a Free Personal Values Assessment.

To learn how well aligned you are with the culture in your organization contact us for an- Individual Values Assessment

To learn how to map, measure and manage the culture of your team or organization with our Culture Value Assessment for Teams and Organizations.

Leadership Speaker Joanna Barclay (2)Leadership Speaker Joanna Barclay (2)Leadership Speaker Joanna Barclay (2)Contact Us Joanna BarclayJoanna Barclay, Speaker, Author, Leadership Consultant building high performing values-driven organizational culture.

With 30 years in business transformation working with organizations, Joanna’s passion lies in working with leaders, facilitating active participation in organizational change, developing resourceful teams and aligning strategic objectives. Her goal is to help organizations become high performing and values-driven, where people take ownership, build commitment and bridge communication gaps. As CEO of the Culture Leadership Group, she ensures successful transformation from concept through to implementation.