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What trumps vision & shared values, beyond corporate culture restraints

What trumps vision & shared values, beyond corporate culture restraints | Change Management Resources | Scoop.it

...There is a lot to be said for providing a shared context, shared values and a common set of behavioural guidelines. However...it is critical to ensure that the limitations of the culture are acknowledged.


Paradoxically, it is only when these limitations are recognized that the corporate culture is most effective. [Bold in the original.]


Here are 3 of Allon's 5 examples of behaviours that a corporate culture cannot change:
 

  • When a  culture prefers discretion to transparency, discretion will reign.
     
  • When age dictates seniority, younger managers will not be respected.
    
  • Where loyalty to boss reigns supreme, team work in the western sense will falter.

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Another culture and change gem from Allon Shevat.  He will challenge, appropriately so, all the sacred cows of corporate culture and change management.


I, for one, appreciate his dichotomy of relationships vs. process (as a process consultant myself.)  It reminds me, "it's all about relationships" everywhere, everytime.  From there you build.  Without relationship, nothing lasting will be built.  ~  D

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, March 17, 2014 11:14 AM

As this is attracting attention in the Change Management Resources stream, I'm sharing it in BEST of the BEST - a culture and change gem from Allon Shevat.  He will challenge, appropriately so, all the sacred cows of corporate culture and change management.


I, for one, appreciate his dichotomy of relationships vs. process (as a process consultant myself.)  It reminds me, "it's all about relationships" everywhere, everytime.  From there you build.  Without relationship, nothing lasting will be built.  ~  D

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Change Management vs. Change Leadership -- What's the Difference? | John Kotter & Forbes

Change Management vs. Change Leadership -- What's the Difference? | John Kotter & Forbes | Change Management Resources | Scoop.it

John Kotter, one of the top authors & researchers in the field of change scholarship, talks about the difference between change management and change leadership.


John Kotter's defines, "change leadership, ....[as]  the driving forces, visions and processes that fuel large-scale transformation."


Add in Dr. Mary Lippitt's "Managing Complex Change" model, and Daryl Conner's classic Change Curve you've got some great expertise regarding how change works.

 

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   ...change leadership... —it’s an engine  ...it's about urgency. It’s ...about masses of people who want to make something happen.   ______________________________


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Change management, which is the term most everyone uses, refers to a set of basic tools or structures intended to keep any change effort under control. The goal is often to minimize the distractions and impacts of the change.

 

John Kotter Video:  http://vimeo.com/20000373


Change leadership, on the other hand, concerns the driving forces, visions and processes that fuel large-scale transformation.

 

...Change leadership is much more associated with putting an engine on the whole change process, and making it go faster, smarter, more efficiently. It’s more associated, therefore, with large scale changes.

 

Change management tends to be more associated—at least, when it works well—with smaller changes.

 

...change leadership... —it’s an engine. It’s more about urgency. It’s more about masses of people who want to make something happen.

 

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Change leadership has the potential to get things a little bit out of control.   ...you have the 1,000 horsepower engine.

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It’s more about big visions.

It’s more about empowering lots and lots of people.

 

Change leadership has the potential to get things a little bit out of control. You don’t have the same degree of making sure that everything happens in a way you want at a time you want when you have the 1,000 horsepower engine.

 

What you want to do, of course, is have a highly skilled driver and a heck of a car, which will make sure your risks are minimum.

 

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Got a Metrics Fetish? Welcome to Alienation of Work

Got a Metrics Fetish? Welcome to Alienation of Work | Change Management Resources | Scoop.it

"Karl Marx created very sophisticated theories of labor value already in 19th century. His view was that capitalistic system will lead to alienation of work. Of course his writings reflected his time..." 

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...Specialization” ...It is the only thing that can happen.

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As the company grows and more people are joining in the cooperative processes of product-making, only option to grow is the work division, specialization.




This is needed because of two things: 

  • first of all there are new skills that are needed, 
  • secondly people need to have time to grow their expertise on these matters. 
[It is] specialization” ...It is the only thing that can happen. There will be different functions like marketing, R & D, logistics > inside these functions there are further divisions...

The diagram on this post is of how a software organization might look like from the point of view of alienation.

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Alienation means less dependence to the actual results of the work and more dependence on the abstract knowledge.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, March 5, 2013 3:41 PM

"It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want."    ~ Spock in 'Errand of Mercy'


Cultural factors and practices, including possible Organization Development (OD) activities like Open Space and Whole Scale Change conferences may help organizations regain creativity and connection to vision and meaning **WITH** metrics. Some companies can do it and hold on to the alignment. 

Many have it for awhile, then lose it. SouthWest Airlines, for example, has been touted recently as perhaps losing sight of what has made them so unique and resilient in a VERY tough industry.
 

Steelcase, a 100+ year company, continues to reinvent and renew itself. Building something tangible and taking pride in it is probably a major factor, no matter what your role is in the company. Working in the finance industry, being distanced through numbers in ways more than in a typical company, perhaps not so much, being able to grab ahold of the meaning and hold on.   ~ Deb

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Why Innovation Dies, Dealing with Disruption, not placing Deans: Higher Ed's long, winding Road to Online Education, Forbes

Why Innovation Dies, Dealing with Disruption, not  placing Deans: Higher Ed's long, winding Road to Online Education, Forbes | Change Management Resources | Scoop.it

Here's the companion post to the previous article that features the long & winding road in dealing with online education, and confronts disruption head-on.


Excerpted:


Lessons Learned

  • Innovation in New Markets do not come from “overarching strategies”
  • It comes out of opportunity, chaos and rapid experimentation
  • Solutions are found by betting on a portfolio of low-cost experiments
  • The road for innovation does not go through committee


One useful purpose a university committee could have had was figuring out what the goal of going online was. [The example in the article is education based.]


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...it is so complex that figuring out the one possible path to a correct solution is computationally incalculable.
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...the path to implementing online education is not known. In fact, it’s not a solvable problem by committee, regardless of how many smart people in the room. It is a “NP complete” problem – it is so complex that figuring out the one possible path to a correct solution is computationally incalculable.


By: Steve Blank, author, teacher of entrepreneurship and consultant who has reshaped how startups are created. He is coauthor of the recently published, The Startup Owner’s Manual (K&S Ranch, 2012).


Source:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/groupthink/2012/05/01/why-innovation-dies/2/

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