There’s a lot of talk about cultures these days, and for good reason. Culture is the collective values, behaviors and habits displayed by those who work for the organization. While two competitive organizations may have the exact same mission, their cultures can be radically different. An organization’s culture is a large driving force in how decisions are made and why people choose to join or leave a company. But a culture must be nurtured and developed. Unfortunately, sometimes leaders can get so busy that they neglect their culture. Suddenly, the culture isn’t in alignment with what they set out to create. The question is: Can a leader change a company’s culture? The answer: Yes!
Change doesn't occur by magic, and if you want someone to change their behaviour, you need to adopt an effective approach that will encourage them to make the changes required.
The challenge for business owners and managers seeking to change the behavious of individuals or teams, is to ensure that you have many levers that you can pull, to ensure that the required outcome is achieved.
This excellent article, identifies 10 such levers, and suggests that leaders need to use them all to achieve lasting behavioural change.
When change in the way your business operates becomes inevitable, it is imperative that you create in your employees, the desire for participating in the process of effecting the required change.
We all know that resistence to proposed change, is one of the biggest stumbling blocks faced by managers, in introducing any significant change in a business. Creating desire for the change in your employees is a key step in ensuring that the necessary change is successfully introduced.
This excellent article, outlines 5 actionable outcomes needed to efffectively introduce any change, and suggests 5 strategies for creating the desire in your employees for the change process to be successful.
Confidence: Highly coveted, yet often elusive. We dedicate time and energy to cultivating the feeling so we can tap into it when we need it most: at work, in business meetings, on dates, during tough conversations. Fortunately, there are a few scienc...
Sharifah Raudhah AlQudsy's insight:
I absolutely love to practice standing tall and imagine I am that strong and tall oak tree.
Angelou, the renowned and beloved poet and activist, died Wednesday at the age of 86. Her friend Nikki Giovanni, a poet, commentator and activist, and Kwame Dawes, a poet and a professor, reflect on Angelou's life and legacy.
Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he's met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.
Recently I attended a workshop called “American Author” inspired by American Idol. People anonymously submitted the first pages of their novels, which were read aloud to a panel of editors and agents. The panel then provided their immediate, brutally honest feedback for all to hear.
Given my past post on how to write the perfect first page, I thought it was important to add to it by sharing what I learned from hearing the perspective of people who have read hundreds, if not thousands, of first pages.
Ask yourself: How badly do you want this? How long have you wanted to be a writer? Ever since you learned to read and became enamored of the written word? Since high school? Since last year or last month?