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Creating Constructive Cultures: Leading People and Organizations to Effectively Solve Problems and Achieve Goals Kindle Edition
Dr. Andrew S. Klein
Adjunct Professor, University of South Florida and University of Tampa
Dr. Szumal has taken the complex subject of organizational culture and broken it down into a usable guide for leaders wanting to create an outstanding culture. Using examples of companies from around the globe, leaders can apply learnings that positively impact their business strategy. This book is a must have in your library for anyone interested in organizational culture.
Mary Paul, President
Mary Paul LLC
Director of Leadership Coaching Harley-Davidson Motor Company (retired)
Creating Constructive Cultures offers a clear and insightful approach to understanding organizational cultures and the multifaceted impact they have on organizational performance. Using actual data and real case studies, the authors provide examples of how a quantitative approach to measuring culture can be the foundation for understanding one's own current organizational culture, and for developing cultures that are aligned with organizational values, increase innovation, and attract and retain talent.
Catherine T. Kwantes, President
Sycamore Consulting, Inc.
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- ASIN : B082XGHLZ4
- Publisher : Human Synergistics International (December 18, 2019)
- Publication date : December 18, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 93976 KB
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- Print length : 413 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #504,719 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The authors differentiate between culture and climate. This important distinction is often missed as leaders may focus on improving engagement, innovation, customer experience or other outcomes without ever understanding the underlying culture in terms of values and behavioral norms. The “How Culture Works Model” is shared as a useful framework for helping leaders understand the relationship of culture and climate. I honestly spent 15 years as a senior leader with a very substantial focus on what I thought was culture but I later realized I was primarily focused on the work climate.
The case studies cover many examples of how culture-related change was connected to improvements in employee satisfaction, customer satisfaction, innovation, revenue growth, share price and other results or outcomes. “Real” measurements of norms are shared so you know the stories are more than fluff and the cultures were actually evolving.
The book closes with a four-phase process for strengthening constructive cultures and improving results or outcomes. One quote I really liked was “leaders are facing increased pressures to address cultural issues so that their organizations can be competitive in a worldwide market.” The authors also stress “the importance of understanding your organization’s culture and your impact on it will continue to increase, regardless of the country or industry in which you work.”
If you are ready to take a deeper-dive into understanding and evolving culture then I strongly suggest Creating Constructive Cultures. The models, assessments, definitions, common language and insights about culture and leadership change have been life-changing for me and many others.
Creating Constructive Cultures is a manual for leaders and teams who seek to move beyond the self-sabotaging tendencies of passive / aggressive defensive behaviors and instead put into place a SYSTEM and environment that inspires more productivity and positive results.
Full of illustrations and descriptive real-world case-studies, this book shares an important collection of data for those serious about creating an exceptional workplace.