Organizational culture refers to the values, visions and principles of an agency that guide decisions and behaviors at all levels. Healthy work climates promote productivity, innovation and dedication throughout an organization. A leader is responsible for shaping this workplace culture.
The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business
By Patrick M. Lencioni
Simply put, an organization is healthy when it is whole,consistent and complete, when its management, operations and culture are unified. Healthy organizations outperform their counterparts, are free of politics and confusion and provide an environment where star performers never want to leave. Lencioni’s first non-fiction book provides leaders with a ground breaking, approachable model for achieving organizational health—complete with stories, tips and anecdotes from his experiences consulting to some of the nation’s leading organizations. In this age of informational ubiquity and nano-second change, it is no longer enough to build a competitive advantage based on intelligence alone. The Advantage provides a foundational construct for conducting business in a new way—one that maximizes human potential and aligns the organization around a common set of principles.
Are you a giver or a taker?
In every workplace, there are three basic kinds of people: givers, takers and matchers. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant breaks down these personalities and offers simple strategies to promote a culture of generosity and keep self-serving employees from taking more than their share.
Why good leaders make you feel safe
What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.
Also see Simon Sinek’s other TEDTalk How great leaders inspire action HERE.
Organizational and personal resilience as a leader is vital to not just overcoming difficulties, but to leveraging them into opportunities for even more growth and success. If you’re facing the tough task of having to turn around a toxic climate, resilience is an especially important trait. Luckily, it’s also a characteristic that can be taught, learned and cultivated.
An HBR interview with Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, and Adam Grant, Wharton professor or management and psychology.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talks about returning to work after her husband’s death, and Wharton management and psychology professor Adam Grant discusses what the research says about resilience. In this joint interview, they talk about how to build resilience in yourself, your team, and your organization. They’re the authors of the new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy.
Listen to Sandberg and Grant’s interview to learn more about resilience HERE.