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Culture’s role in enabling organizational change

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Culture is critically important to business success, according to 84 percent of the more than 2,200 global participants in the 2013 culture and change management survey. Findings also suggest strong correlations between the success of change programs and whether culture was leveraged in the change process — pointing to the need for a more culture-oriented approach to change. However, there is a clear disparity between the way companies view culture and the way they treat it. Less than half of participants saw their companies effectively managing culture, and more than half said a major cultural overhaul was needed. How can leaders take steps to enrich and more effectively leverage their culture?
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Loving, the Key for Wise Leaders - Huffington Post

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Loving, the Key for Wise Leaders
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By then, most of our identity - especially our organizational work identity - is hardwired. About the only things that will change this wiring are significant emotional or mental experiences.
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The Top 5 Lies Told by Intercultural Teams

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I hear many of my clients, who work within intercultural teams, tell these five lies.
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How to Build Intercultural Trust in Just Five Minutes

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Doing business globally depends on trust. And it’s clear that the greater the trust, the greater the ability to conduct business effectively across cultures.

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The competitive advantage of cultural diversity in the workplace - ITBusiness.ca (blog)

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The competitive advantage of cultural diversity in the workplace
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Globalization brings both opportunities and challenges for organizations. Front and centre to the discussion of globalization is cultural workplace diversity.
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The Global Leadership Competencies We Aren't Teaching - Chier Learning Officer

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The Global Leadership Competencies We Aren't Teaching
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It is vital that learning organizations offer the right curriculum to address these essential competencies.
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History's Most Incredible Intercultural Exchanges | All That Is ...

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Chris Columbus feigned divinity to get his way in the New World and an American used force to gain access to Asia. More significant intercultural exchanges to be had here.

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Meeting all Day and Working all Night? | CornerStone Dynamics

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Setting strict rules for meetings is a strong step organizational change management – which means working smarter, not harder. Watch this video to learn more. (What the heck is organizational change management?
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Why ignoring cultural differences will cost you sales - Real Business

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Why ignoring cultural differences will cost you sales
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Organisations venturing into broader markets may recognise the need to switch languages, but may not recognise how subtle cultural differences can impact sales.
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Mapping the future of countries

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Many people think the lines on the map no longer matter, but Parag Khanna says they do. Using maps of the past and present, he explains the root causes of border conflicts worldwide and proposes simple yet cunning solutions for each.
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The danger of a single story

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Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
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Life that doesn't end with death

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In Tana Toraja, weddings and births aren’t the social gatherings that knit society together. In this part of Indonesia, big, raucous funerals form the center of social life. Anthropologist Kelli Swazey takes a look at this culture, in which the bodies of dead relatives are cared for even years after they have passed. While it sounds strange to Western sensibilities, she says, this could actually be a truer reflection of the fact that relationships with loved ones don’t simply end when breathing does. (Filmed at TEDMED.)
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Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of Science?

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As science becomes more diverse, scientific collaborators are growing more diverse, too. New research exploring the effect of this change suggests the diversity of the teams that produce scientific research play a big role in how successful the science turns out to be.
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How Diversity Makes Us Smarter - Scientific American

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Scientific American How Diversity Makes Us Smarter Scientific American Decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that socially diverse groups (that is, those with a diversity of...
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TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century: The Nine Faces of Your Workplace Diversity

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Getting Cross-Cultural Teamwork Right

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People struggle with global teamwork, even though it’s essential to success in multinational firms. Despite their efforts to nimbly manage differences in time zones, cultures, and languages, cross-border collaborators often fail to reach shared understanding or common ground. They face conflicting group norms, practices, and expectations — all of which can cause severe fracturing along cultural lines.

So how do you negotiate those differences and discover common ground? Through extensive research on global organizations and teams, I’ve found that learning, understanding, and teaching are three critical factors — on both sides.


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Culture’s role in enabling organizational change

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Culture is critically important to business success, according to 84 percent of the more than 2,200 global participants in the 2013 culture and change management survey.
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LinkedIn workforce diversity report: Mostly male, mostly white - Tech Times

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LinkedIn workforce diversity report: Mostly male, mostly white
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LinkedIn has in place several initiatives that the company hopes will improve workforce diversity.
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Building a marketplace for ideas: #diversity for social learning

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Communities are built on consensus: they tolerate difference and thrive on diversity, but only within limits. Stretch them too far and there will be a break. I've been revisiting ideas around commu...

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Some challenging thoughts on developing communities in an environment of electronic communication.

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The Origins of Office Speak - The Atlantic

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The Origins of Office Speak
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At the same time, American companies were changing. “Most of the large organizations that were emerging at this time were not in any single business,” Khurana said.
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Asia Leads World in Religious Diversity - the Diplomat

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the Diplomat Asia Leads World in Religious Diversity the Diplomat The new study measures religious diversity across around 200 countries and territories across the world, based on the “percentage of each country's population that belongs to eight...
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East vs. West -- the myths that mystify

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Devdutt Pattanaik takes an eye-opening look at the myths of India and of the West -- and shows how these two fundamentally different sets of beliefs about God, death and heaven help us consistently misunderstand one another.
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Globalizing the local, localizing the global

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Sheikha Al Mayassa, a patron of artists, storytellers and filmmakers in Qatar, talks about how art and culture create a country's identity -- and allow every country to share its unique identity with the wider world. As she says: "We don't want to be all the same, but we do want to understand each other."
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Makiko Eda: The corporation as agent of cultural fusion | TED@Intel | TED Institute | Watch | TED

Makiko Eda: The corporation as agent of cultural fusion | TED@Intel | TED Institute | Watch | TED | The Intercultural Think Tank | Scoop.it
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading - through TED.com, our annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events.
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The politics of fiction

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Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics.
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