Why Build A Company Culture of Collaboration
A company culture of collaboration sounds nice, but what can it do for you and your business? Here what change management consulting experts have to say:
Our clients tell us they are experiencing a greater level of ambiguity and complexity than ever before. Business leaders say this means bigger goals and tighter budgets. Employees tell us this means higher expectations, an increased pace of change, and the need to do more with less.
To make matters worse, many leadership teams do not truly think or act as a team with interdependent and common goals. Instead, each executive often runs their own fiefdom without much collective commitment to getting aligned around a coherent whole.
This Creates an Opportunity
We believe that this disconnect creates an opportunity for higher performance. Where can you get the leverage to keep up with today’s heightened business challenges so you can stay afloat much less thrive? By fully aligning your leadership team and your culture with your strategy.
An Aligned Culture
For many organizations, the key to thriving is to build a company culture of collaboration, a way of doing things where employees work collaboratively across boundaries. This may mean significantly transforming the way you do business. In order to drive cross-functional initiatives forward, you may need to establish a culture of collaboration that will be better aligned with your strategy.
Why Cultural Alignment and Collaboration Matter
Changing Culture is About Changing Minds
The process is not easy. It requires clarity of purpose combined with high levels of alignment, patience and perseverance. And it needs to start at the top.
— What will it accomplish and how critical is it to the future success of the enterprise?
— What major resistance are you likely to face and from whom?
You will know you are on the right path when all key stakeholders agree with the current situation, the problem you are trying to solve, and the implications of both success and failure.
— How does a more collaborative culture play out day-to-day?
— What specific behaviors will need to change?
— What is the game plan for cascading the change throughout the organization?
The Bottom Line
Before undertaking the challenge of culture change, leaders must believe in its necessity, the difficulties involved and the vision of success. You need to believe that a culture of collaboration is critical to strategic success.
To learn more about how to build a company culture of collaboration, download Changing Corporate Culture: 4 Do’s and 3 Don’ts
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