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making change happen in the workplace

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When we recently surveyed more than 2,200 global businesspeople to get their take on culture’s role in business, we saw that culture is widely seen as more important than companies’ strategies or operating models. This view of culture’s importance holds true around the world.

Nonetheless, corporate culture often doesn’t get the attention executives suggest it deserves. Only 53% of businesspeople say culture is an important part of the leadership agenda at their company. Even fewer people (35%) say their companies do an effective job of managing culture.

This excerpt comes from a recent strategy + business article titled “Culture’s Critical Role in Change Management” that I found very interesting.

From my experience coaching managers through times of change, they often don’t take enough stock in culture because they have become detached from it over time. They are focused on numbers, bottom lines and the responsibility of overseeing everyone on their team. This is all understandable, but if you want to set yourself up for success, you can never become disconnected from the culture of your workplace. Workplace culture is what defines your collective group of coworkers, and sets the tone for workplace morale.

As a manager, you can have a direct impact on this culture. And if you do so wisely, you can continue and/or create a culture that promotes acceptance to change and new ideas. On the flip side, if you distance yourself form the culture of your workplace, you are very likely to face a lot of conflicts in trying to make change happen.

Read the article for more tips on how you can maximize your workplace’s culture for the sake of change, and check out my book RINGMASTER for more insight into the concept of making change happen in your career.

Have you ever worked in an awesome workplace culture? What set it apart from other work environments?