Change Your Business Culture by Changing Your Stories

November 21st, 2009 by admin

Changing your organizational culture and influences are not an easy thing. Cultures are complicated systems created and influenced by processes, mechanisms, and leaders’ actions. So how do you begin changing something so complex?
Start by changing the stories that people tell. Stories are the fabric of a culture and communicate what a company is all about. Do something that represents the culture you want to create. For example, if you want to reduce a culture of perfectionism, admit your mistakes and openly share your failures. If you want to create a culture of communication, leave your Black Berry at your desk when you go to important meetings. If your actions deviate from the norm, you can be sure people will tell stories about them.
What does your culture of your office or business say about it is viewed by both employees and consumers.
This tip was adapted from “A Good Way to Change a Corporate Culture” by Peter Bregman.

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