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Category: Culture

5 Essential Attributes to Evolve Through Disruption

In the first lockdown, we made significant progress towards flexible work arrangements. As things eased, rather than allowing genuine worker-led flexibility, there has been a desire to control when and how people work. While a lot of organisations have picked up the language and concepts of complexity and adaptation during our recent disruptions, our observation is that many of ...

Thinking differently about Culture – Part Two

In Part 1 of this article, we shared frameworks used to explore the potential of a co-evolving organisation. As you consider evolving your organisation, leadership and culture, the following ideas, principles, perspectives and questions may be of interest.  These questions and perspectives were generated in a recent Adaptive Cultures community gathering. The conversation explored ways ...

Thinking Differently About Culture – Part One

How often do potentially expansive discussions devolve into people sharing from experience and expertise rather than thinking critically and generating new or original ideas? Insight from a workshop we ran in 2019, 35 people from at least 20 different organisations came together to discuss how to enable positive cultural evolution in our organisations and worlds. ...

Supporting Aged Relatives Through COVID-19

Caring for life, family and community during COVID-19 Over the last weeks, at Adaptive Cultures much of our focus has been on supporting our team and our clients through extraordinary disruption.  Above and beyond this, we have also had the needs of families and friends take centre stage as I am sure many of you ...

Attributes of Social influencers and cultural carriers

Adaptive Cultures’ clients often ask: “How many people do we need to engage in the transformation for cultural evolution to occur?” The number of people is critical, and we often see powerful momentum building when around 30 per cent of an organisation has started to work in a new way and think from a different ...

Culture in Mergers & Acquisitions

Evolving Culture Due Diligence The scenario may be scarily familiar– the forty-point checklist in the due diligence process.  A couple of these points are likely to relate to culture.  Part of “ticking” them off the checklist might involve discussion on shared values, behaviours and mindsets (as well as systems and processes). These may include many ...

Practices at the edge – enabling co-evolution

“There is an intimate relationship between inner and outer, between self and world, and they co-evolve. And as we change, what is revealed to us about the world changes as well. And beyond that, the world itself changes to meet us in certain ways” – Charles Einstein The notion of co-evolution is becoming more mainstream ...

Fostering Innovation and Collective Flourishing

In our previous article How social influence can hold your organisation back, we explored how approaches to social influence and motivation can evolve. At all stages of evolution, there are a number of factors that can influence healthy thriving.  In this article, we explore practical ways to enable the kind of social motivation and influence that ...

How culture surveys can inhibit cultural evolution

How culture surveys can inhibit cultural evolution How to measure, assess and evolve culture is an increasingly asked question, with Boards in Australia and around the world having an increased responsibility in relation to culture oversight and awareness. However, traditional definitions and measurements may do more harm than good. In our previous article we explored how engagement ...
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