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Truth About Your Changing Organizational Culture

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Times are changing. It seems every organization recognizes the business environment and climate are changing. Are you closely connected with some of the most fundamental aspects and ready to discover the truth about your changing organizational culture?

If everything in the business environment is shifting, the riskiest place to be is stuck in the status quo. When the environment is different, you can’t just do things differently. You will likely have to discover and learn, adapt, and do different things.

Discover Truth

Here are three important aspects to consider:

  • Facts. What is factual and true about your direction? What is the proof, or what can you prove through research or evidence?
  • Needed. What are the skills or expertise you will need for where you are headed? What will make the shifting direction successful? Consider what your team can learn or what should you outsource or hire?
  • Fears. Give honest self-reflection. What do you fear? What are you avoiding to face the truth? Consider what may be important but also out of your control.

Our U.S. economy has been shifting for decades. It has accelerated in this shift since 2009.

Do Different Things

Ask another question, what are you doing that is different, which is not the same as exploring what things you are doing differently.

This represents the truth in your path. Consider the culture, the habits, and the traditions.

Write it all down, put it on a flip chart or write on a white board.

When you step back and look at your situation more as an outside observer as compared to an inside navigator you may discover the real truth.

Changing Organizational Culture

Many believe their culture protects them and makes them strong. That is a truth, but a culture stuck in the status quo is actually falling behind.

That may be the hardest truth of all.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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I Dare You

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What do top CEO’s, entrepreneurs, athletes, artists, engineers, graphic designers, landscapers, and photographers have in common? They all visualize the end product or outcome before it is completed. 

HoneyBadgerByBruceMcAdam

Visualizing where you are headed, what it will look like, and perhaps most importantly, how you will feel should be an integral part of your plan. If we lack vision, we lack focus, if we lack focus we will most likely lack results and if we lack results we will probably end up being average, or worse, slipping below the realm of mediocrity. Average isn’t always bad, but for people who want to do more, the thought of being average is worse than the risk of failure. 

Visualizing your future is different than dreaming, hoping, or having faith that the desired results will magically appear. Visualization is the ability to picture it, feel it, and create it because you know it is not only possible, it’s probable. 

Like everyone, people with vision have heard it can’t be done, they’ve been told no one will like it, or they have witnessed ridicule, embarrassment and defeat.

Different from everyone, people with vision don’t worry so much about what people will say, they are willing to be doubted by others, and they expect where they are headed to feel risky, not safe.

In the year ahead what will set the top achievers apart from the crowd will not be ridicule, doubt, or the possibility of being misunderstood. It will be all of those, but more importantly, it will be that they dared to be different.

Be different—I dare you!

– DEG

Photo Credit:  Honey Badger by Bruce McAdam


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