The highest performing organizations pay attention to their organizational culture. In fact, they work hard at consciously creating and maintaining their culture, which they then use as a competitive advantage to attract, retain and develop the talent needed to achieve aggressive goals and objectives.
Culture in an organization is largely defined by:
- how people do things
- the style of management
- the way decisions are made
In focus groups and employee surveys, managers and employees are voicing concerns about the current workplace culture. Silo mentality, information hoarding and bureaucracy are blocking desired values such as open communication, teamwork and collaboration. Blame, excessive control, and internal competition are limiting creativity, engagement and information sharing. Confusion, short term focus and a constant state of ambiguity are causing staff to feel insecure, anxious, and burnt out. Leaders are struggling and looking for ways to create a sense of shared vision, shared values and harmonious work environment to motivate and inspire their staff.
To know the “how,” Cultural Transformantion Tools (CTT) from the Barrett Values Centre provide concrete data which enable leadership teams and staff to have in-depth conversations that lead to new levels of consciousness and awareness, shifts in mental models, and changes in behaviour. Best practices for these conversations are highly inclusive, engaging employees to discuss workplace issues and exploring how they can function more productively.
Corporate culture used to be intangible. Not any longer. The CTT systematically maps and measures the values and behaviours of a team or whole organization to identify the values and behaviours that engage and energize employees. They also identify values and behaviours that are causing the stress, frustration, and retention issues that diminish an organization’s productivity. What you measure you can manage. The CTT enable organizations to engage in values management. By actively measuring and monitoring its values and behaviours over time, they continually adjust the culture for continuous improvement to sustain high performance.
Leading consciously has become a core requirement to seeing solutions to the challenges we face in the 21st century.
The CTT identify what is blocking the road to successful transformation. Understanding the issues leads to an ‘awakening’, a shift in mindset and source for new inspiration and strategies.
Investing in the CTT Practitioner Training enables organizations to have an in-depth look at what they are dealing with when it comes to transforming the business and focusing on how people work together. It can be the wake-up call for leaders to become more aware and choose a conscious approach to leading change. The CTT provide insights into the internal and external dynamics of transformation related to content, people and process. Leading consciously has become a core requirement to seeing solutions to the challenges we face in the 21st century. It takes conscious leadership to create a high performing culture.
Jim Warner, Business Transformation Consultant (Denver / USA), tells about participating on Joanna’s course on a video. Watch it here!
Robynn James, Chief Generosity O cer, IAHV – YES! For Schools:
“I went to Joanna for guidance in entering the leadership team of a workplace that was new to me and seemed not to be achieving its full potential. She was able to pinpoint areas of the organization’s culture using the values assessment and my own unconscious tendencies, that shed light on new pathways for growth. As a result of assessment and Joanna’s advice, we have brought our organizational leadership to a new level, empowering one another and making room for everyone’s strengths and creativity. I feel like we have been led to the summit by an experienced and knowledgeable Sherpa!”
Joanna Barclay is CEO of the Culture Leadership Group, CTT Certified Trainer and Consultant, a corporate leadership consultant, thought-leader in the fields of conscious leadership and the building of high performance cultures. She is also the author of Conscious Culture, and a global keynote speaker. With over three decades of business transformation experience, she inspires conscious leaders to build sustainable, values-driven organizations. She does this through keynotes talks, workshops, cultural transformation training, and leadership development programs.