Sometimes Small Culture Changes Can Deliver Big Results
For many leaders, changing culture can be a confusing and daunting task. Smart culture change agents understand that identifying the few critical behaviors that will have the greatest impact on moving the business forward is often the most effective place to start.
So how do you identify the small culture changes that will deliver the greatest results?
First, Be Clear About Your Desired Results
What is it, exactly, that you are trying to accomplish? Until you have a clear picture of the business case for change and agreement on the desired outcomes, you can’t effectively narrow down the unlimited array of possible behaviors that will get you there.
Start by articulating the specific and tangible business results you want to see. In most cases your desired results should fall into one of the categories below:
Second, Identify the Critical Behaviors that Contribute the Most
Once you know what you want, you can assess your organizational culture to analyze the observable, measurable, and repeatable behaviors that directly contribute to reaching your objectives. For example, if you want to improve employee engagement, we would recommend that you run an employee engagement survey to identify the top 2-3 areas that have the highest correlation to high levels of engagement in your organization.
One of our recent clients identified manager feedback as the most important critical behavior that could improve their cultural health with the largest degree of impact. Accordingly, they constructed an action plan to assess, improve, and reward the behaviors related to giving and receiving effective feedback.
Attributes of Critical Behaviors
If you do not have a predictive tool like an employee engagement survey to point you in the right direction, you can still winnow down the list of behaviors by ensuring they are:
The Bottom Line
When you want to shift the culture to drive your business strategy forward, be smart about where you place your bets. Select the few most critical moves — the ones that take the business where you want to go most effectively.
To learn more about how to identify the small culture changes that will have the biggest impact, download The 3 Levels of Culture to Pay Attention To If You Want to Change the Way Things Get Done
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