Changing the culture of an organization is extremely difficult, and it is not something that can be done with a new logo, a purpose statement, a white board session, and a few media slides. In fact, Tom Peters has accurately stated, “It is easier to kill an organization than it is to change it.” And many leaders have done just that as they have implemented change haphazardly.
Changing practices or strategies is one thing, but driving those new practices into a new culture is quite another. And changes in practice do not last if they are not used to help create a new culture and are not grounded in that culture. John Kotter has written, “Changes can come undone, even after years of effort, because the new approaches haven’t been anchored firmly in group norms and values.” This challenging paradox points to the power of organizational culture. The culture cannot be changed easily, but it must be changed or a new philosophy and vision will be swallowed by the old culture.
So what are some practical things leaders can do to create a new culture?
I’ve been reading a lot lately on the topic of discipleship, and I’ve felt challenged to look deeply at how to effectively disciple women as we lead them. I am especially interested in how to lead and disciple women who will then disciple others.
Jesus is our greatest example of a disciple-maker. So when He was leading His disciples, what did He do?
- He recognized their “call” and gathered them. (Mark 3:13)
- He spent time with them, building relationships on an ongoing basis. (John 15 and all 4 Gospels)
- He taught them to submit and obey. (Luke 6:46)
- He taught them to “look like Him.” (1 John 3:2)
- He taught them to live sacrificially. (Luke 14:26-27)
7 Traits of Courageous Leadership—Ron Edmondson
There are many courageous leaders in our world today. Certainly coming to mind are the military and emergency personnel who serve faithfully everyday.
It takes courage to be an organizational leader also. And, I see many courageous leaders, as evidenced by the strong organizations that thrive even during difficult economic times.
But, what does it mean when we talk about courage and leadership? Every leader I know wants to be considered brave, strong, courageous.
Who are the truly courageous organizational leaders among us?
6 Powerful Ways to Thank Your Team for Being Awesome—Lolly Daskal
It sounds like common sense to say thank you to those who work for you and work with you, but it in reality this common sense wisdom is not practiced as much as it should be.
Some people say they don’t have time or can’t afford to show appreciation; others may have good intentions but just never think of it in the moment.
But if you think of it in terms of payoff–giving you and your organization more stability and less turnover (and, as a result, greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness)–it’s about investing in an important relationship.
In survey taken by Globoforce, more than a third of workers felt unappreciated and were looking for new jobs despite the security they may have at their current job. There was a direct correlation between workers’ intent to look for a new job and the level of recognition they receive at work.
Thank You Jesus for the Smell of Pumpkin Spice—Rachel Marie Stone
Even pumpkin spice fans like me can get annoyed by the marketing of pumpkin spice-flavored everything (that pumpkin spice kitty litter exists means we’ve gone well beyond peak pumpkin spice), but it’s hard to deny the appeal.
According to Kantha Shelke, a food scientist, our favorite fall flavor is all about nostalgia. Originally sold in the ’50s and ’60s as “pumpkin spice” or “pumpkin pie spice” by baking companies like McCormick, this blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves calls to mind warm and comforting autumn memories.
Here in North America, “most people associate the flavors of pumpkin spice with Thanksgiving, the holidays, good times that are very comforting,” Shelke said. “Whether it’s in an ice cream or whether it’s in a hot coffee, it takes them instantly back to a time that was fun, that was nostalgic, that was great.”