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Author: Adaptive Cultures

Building Trust Through Embracing Vulnerability

Read part one here: “Vulnerability and the deep dark cave called personal development“ The importance of building trust through creating psychological safety and social sensitivity in groups has been demonstrated by Margaret Heffernan in her excellent Ted talk “Forget the Pecking order at work”. There is also compelling evidence that building trust has a significant ...

Vulnerability and the deep dark cave called personal development

Leadership philosophy in the past two decades has seen a much greater recognition of the importance of vulnerability as a key leadership strength. This stands in stark contrast to the historic, traditional notion of leadership. Traditional notions of leadership emphasise commanding, demonstrating strength and expertise, never exposing your weaknesses and being clear and decisive in ...

Cult or Culture?

How to avoid the Kool-Aid effect “When a cult grows up it becomes a culture”  Jan Shipps Any culture which is too attached to their view of the world being the only right one, best or even necessary to their survival is at risk of becoming a cult and suppressing their ability to adapt. The ...

The Great ROI Swindle

How measurement impacts Leadership Development Leadership development can have a significant positive impact on the individual and the organisation, including its culture. Therefore, it makes perfectly good sense to measure the outcomes from a leadership development initiative, to understand how effective the initiative has been. As we peer beneath the surface of this statement, establishing ...

Changing the Cultural Narrative

Stories influence people to feel, think and act in certain ways. Hence a positive and deliberate cultural narrative is a key part of any successful culture. There is a lot of valuable information available on powerful business storytelling and ways to create a new narrative.  However,  a story will only be successful if there is ...

The Danger of Culture Cloning

At Adaptive Cultures, we believe that each cultural journey is unique and that there is no single ideal culture. While similar attributes will exist within any adaptive culture, (for example increased empowerment, accountability, openness and trust) the journey to becoming adaptive will be different for each sustainably successful organisation. In our experience, very few organisations ...

From Culture Change to Cultural Evolution

“I’m not losing my toes for this organisation!”   This was a comment from a participant in a major change initiative, where the major metaphor of high altitude mountain climbing was used to inspire images of sacrifice to achieve.   Culture Change is often embarked on because we realise the current culture is toxic, frustrating ...

Case Study: Practices of Highly Adaptive Organisations

As part of our research into what makes organisations truly adaptive, we conducted a series of research projects into organisations that have gone through significant change. Our first case study identifies one of the best examples (but by no means the only way) of creating effective change.   Case Study:   A rapidly growing online ...
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