CULTURE IS THE NEW DISRUPTION
The pace of change makes culture the new disruption,
driven by the widespread influence of technology in every aspect of society.
In the late 1970’s the cost of computing power started to decline. This unleashed the software revolution and the software industry was born. The rest is history. We are now facing a similar tipping point in the domain of company culture.
In the culture space, the disruptive influence is the pace of change, driven by the widespread influence of technology in every aspect of society.
Technology is accelerating the pace of change in business.
This accelerating change of pace is mandating an increase in and more frequent adaptation on the part of businesses, if they are to cope. Cultures that still hang on to the era of the industrial revolution are obsolete, precisely because they discourage learning at the level of organisation.
At issue is to find tools to create this learning culture.
The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence;
it is to act with yesterday’s logic.
Developing a new Culture of Learning
We are at a tipping point for management. Managers are in unique positions to engage in the intentional shaping of culture in the direction of more adaptation.
A manager has
… to convene meetings, deploy budgeted funds for expenditures and hire people.
A manager can
… a new culture of learning by implementing and cultivating learning practices at a group level.
Learn as a Team
… they become more adaptable and achieve much better results, especially when the pace of change is fast. Teams that learn quickly are more adaptive than teams that do not.
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Values are KEY
In the end it is the “company values” that determine the behaviour of the employees. “We always have done it like this” is a red flag! By consciously nurturing and cultivating appropriate use of a set of clear values, everyone will start moving in the same agreed direction.
What makes these companies thrive?
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A thriving, high-performance culture has a long-term, sustainable impact on performance, providing organizations with a distinct competitive advantage. When the total culture is addressed, it creates a better, more inclusive and thriving work environment, which translates into:
- better financial results
- more engaged, inspired, innovative and higher-performing employees
- more satisfied and loyal customers
- more top-line growth
Organisational learning is by no means random but rather a highly intentional act.