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Organization Culture Assessment and Solutions

Many leaders believe that the point of an Organization Culture Assessment is to find out how good they are.  We approach OCA as a way to find out where people want to be (their goal for the culture), and where they are (their assessment of the current culture).  We ask people first to identify where they want to be or would want their leaders to be and then where they are currently on 8 components that have been proven by years of research to be critical to organization and leadership success.

First, each participant identifies an ideal, what they strive for.  After that has been established, based on 8 important components, participants set out in groups to determine the best way to make this happen in their organization.  At completion, teams rejoin and discuss each plan, adding individual insights and thoughts to develop one overall plan that each person has contributed to, that each person will commit to.  These participants have completed both the analysis of the organization culture and developed actions for improvement, within a self convincing design.  In a self convincing design, the participants complete the culture assessment and action plan, rather than us, and are more committed and have a more clear understanding of the steps that need to be taken to move closer to excellence.

The above teamwork is one of the most dynamic and vital parts of our workshops, not only as it regards organizations and teams, but also as it regards people.  This process creates the opportunity to talk candidly about things that need to be improved.  This is made much easier by focusing first on the ideal or the soundest organization culture, where people want to be, and then talking about where they currently are.  This approach creates a background for candid discussions regarding critical issues among the people who can are responsible for making things happen.

If you need Organization Culture Solutions, call us.  This is what we do.  And, check out our white papers available under the resources tab.

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