Ironically, culture only matters tremendously when it's not working well. When organizational culture works well, we don't necessarily pay that much attention to it. If the culture is strained, holding the company back or creating a toxic environment, we begin to pay more attention to it. Even in a high performance culture, we should still pay attention because most likely as your company grows, your culture may need to shift. Think of it this way: Culture is the sum total of what leaders and employees have learned when they interact with each other, communicate and solve problems.
Assessment is a key component of creating a high performance culture. When companies want to transition their culture, a cultural analysis sheds light on the key people dynamics that make operational functioning less effective, aligned and productive. Rather than taking a band aid approach to cultural transition, it's important to look beneath the surface and the symptoms to understand what works and doesn't work in their culture and WHY. We work to develop insight into how cultural drivers and constraints shape the larger organizational system.
High performance cultures are created in relation to a specific goal, problem or challenge. We don't develop cultures without connected it to specific business objectives. Consider top three corporate priorities and identify your current culture helps or hinders them.
Ideally, a high performance culture incorporates these elements:
An organizational culture in which great results are achieved through people, communication, ownership and challenge
Leaders and employees see their roles in relationship to the 'big picture' and understand how and why they contribute. Context greatly impacts results
Organization has a clear picture of where it's going and how it will get there (within a specific time frame)
Flexibility and awareness to morph, change or expand as required
Why should you Attend?: Companies, large and small, are heavily influenced by the organizational cultures they've created. Whether we're paying attention or not, culture forms and changes as companies grow, merge or decline. Many of the most successful companies have developed cultures that allow their workforce to achieve strong business strategies and objectives.
Other less successful companies decline or fail because their cultures are at odds with what they need to achieve to be successful. Learn which camp your company falls in and take charge of creating a high performance culture.
Areas Covered in the Session:
Learn how to assess your company's culture
Determine what a high performance culture looks like for your organization
Understand signs that your culture may need attention
Review a cultural transition case study
Claudette Rowley Coaching & Consulting
Claudette Rowley is a cultural integration consultant with 25 years of experience in Organizational Design. With her 5-Step Cultural Integration Design methodology, she helps executive leaders retain and increase the value of their business during an acquisition, sale or other significant organizational change.
She is an excellent strategic planner with a knack for building collaborative executive leadership teams to boost business performance and increase employee engagement.
For the last fifteen years, Claudette has consulted, trained and coached executive leaders and management teams at Fortune 1000 companies, small businesses and start-ups around how to create a workplace culture that delivers effective business results.
Claudette holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan, a certification from the Coaches Training Institute, and the Professional Certified Coach credential through the International Coach Federation. She has completed additional training in organizational development, the Predictable Success business life cycle model, conflict resolution, mediation and relationship systems coaching.