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Category: Perspectives

Waiting for Armageddon – Working life in the 2010s

There is much talk of VUCA, agile organisations and leaning into ambiguity. Yet our experience and feedback from clients is that many leaders and consultants promoting and espousing new ways to work appear in over their heads. In the last month alone, we have had discussions with people from four ASX listed organisations who are ...

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 client groups, 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 beliefs, assumptions and ways of working within ...

Embracing complexity

Are you feeling it? Our world has become complex much faster than many organisation’s (or people) capacity to deal with it. And as Jack Welch observed, when the rate of change of the external world exceeds the rate of change inside organisations, the end is near. Consider for a moment how many people in your ...

Dear Organisation

Dear Organisation, As the new world, like a tidal wave, bears down upon you with its demands to change or die, have courage. As much as the new world can crush or create you, you have an opportunity to be part of creating it. With this opportunity comes responsibility.  Think deep and hard about the ...

Culture without a purpose?

The work of culture practitioners and change leaders when organisational purpose is unclear As culture practitioners or change leaders, when the clarity of organisational purpose is missing, it can often feel that the deck is stacked against you. Tasked with supporting the organisation to transform, you are often expected to create engagement and motivation on ...

Guideposts in leading and influencing change

Many culture change initiatives dive directly into a full throttle, take-on-the-world approach without pausing to see who is on board, who is in the trenches and who is simply lost. If you would like to be more successful in supporting cultural evolution or leading change, here are some key insights from our Adaptive Cultures community that ...

Five key insights from Adaptive Cultures Practitioners

The irony of many culture models and practises is that static change models are applied within the context of a dynamic and changing world. If we accept that the world is constantly changing and evolving, the implication is that we need to find a way for organisations, as well as individuals, to constantly develop and ...

Enabling Human Centred Communities

Last week Adaptive Cultures launched its first practitioner program, a vision which had been gestating for over 5 years. The group who came together for our inaugural workshop was a mix of leaders and culture practitioners from a range of organisations and included leaders from private, public and not for profit sectors. All participants came ...
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