You CAN Create a Great Company Culture: Here's How

If "culture eats strategy for lunch" and "you can't change culture", does that leave you stuck, your agile transformation stalled, and your strategy hopeless?

There is hope, and the hope is you. We have learned that you CAN intentionally create a great company culture. By practicing new, intentional habits, leaders at all levels can foster a culture that honors individuals (and invites their input), embraces learning (even through failure), and encourages transparency (by making it safe).

Come practice with us, and make new habits, and create a company where people bring their whole selves to work.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Talk

Present SHARP & POV & General Action Step: As a leader (at any level), YOU can intentionally change the culture of your company to honor individuals (and invite their input), embrace failure (as learning), and encourage transparency (by making it safe). Build small new habits to be intentional daily with your words and actions, and create a great culture.

Key Point 1: Honor individuals and invite their input by the way you run every meeting. We offer concrete facilitation tips, with a chance to practice, and make the connection to how it creates real empowerment.

Key Point 2: Words speak louder actions. (Ok, maybe not quite but...). Powerful questions and language that encourages learning and embraces failure. Powerful questions and language that encourages transparency and makes safe. Again, with an exercise to practice.

Key Point 3: The role of storytelling in reinforcing values and culture. How to make such storytelling a regular feature, through appreciations and related practices. Again, with an opportunity to practice in the session.

Specific Action Step & Benefit: Make a plan for the practices you'll bring into your meetings next week, for the words you'll use, for the ways you'll invite storytelling. Build new habits that will create the culture you want.

Notes to reviewers:

  • Based in part on our experience at Rally -- the practices around facilitation and appreciations that Jean Tabaka brought us. (Both presenters were at Rally; Ronica was Employee 50ish.)
  • Also based on our work transforming CA Technologies (Christine led that team)
  • Also based on our work with customers; a twice-customer CTO has said that we should lead transformations with Jean's facilitation class, because it is the key to culture change.

Learning Outcome

  • How to facilitate collaboration in way that honors individuals and invites everyone's ideas
  • How to ask powerful questions and use positive language that invites learning and transparency
  • How to instill practices that encourage storytelling, in order to make visible the bright spots where people are living the values and culture you seek.

Target Audience

Leaders at All Levels

Prerequisites for Attendees

None

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