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Author: Adaptive Cultures

Embracing complexity

Global financial crises, pandemics, global warming, royal commissions into finance and aged care.  The lesson we are constantly being taught is that our world has become complex much faster than society’s capacity to deal with it. In the context of our organisations and institutions, when the rate of change of the external world exceeds the ...

Enabling Human Centred Communities

In 2017, Adaptive Cultures launched its first Practitioner Development Program, a vision which had been gestating for over 5 years. Over the period since 2017, the Program has grown to become an international event, with people participating in the most recent program from across Asia, Europe and Australia. The groups who come together are typically ...

Becoming a world class culture practitioner

For several years, Adaptive Cultures have been conducting a Development Program for culture practitioners and building a community to co-learn and evolve as practitioners. The key intentions of these are to build capacities necessary for the 21st century challenges that are upon us in order to influence the potential future of our communities, our industries and ...

Individual, structural and social evolution – the three levers for creating an adaptive organisation

A simple pop quiz to start this week’s article. When you have been through a transformational change in an organisation, where has your organisation focused its attention: a. Structural evolution – transforming processes, systems, structures and planning cycles that enhance ways of working and better enable the organisation’s aspirations b. Social evolution – transforming ways ...

How language shapes culture and culture shapes language

“The limits of my language means the limits of my world” Ludwig Wittgenstein In Adaptive Cultures’ work across many organisations, one of the standout indicators of the cultural maturity of an organisation is the type of language used. Language gives a very powerful lens to the collective worldviews, beliefs and ways of working within an ...

An easy way to disrupt your industry – the five orientations of a truly Customer Centric Culture

Creating a culture of customer centricity is at the core of many organisations’ espoused values and focus. Yet for many organisations that espouse customer centricity, this is still a holy grail. As consumers, Adaptive Cultures often identify areas where businesses we buy from could very easily disrupt their industry, by paying greater attention to the ...

Building momentum through networks

The work of cultural transformation is deeply complex with a great deal of uncertainty and ambiguity. While it is essential for any transformation to be championed and role modelled from the top, it also requires a strong network of people at multiple levels within and across an organisation to be able to sustain significant change. ...
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