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How do you Collaborate to create and amplify your Positive Impact?

Once your Positive Impact Leadership initiative is underway, it is likely to take on a life of its own. The reach of the initiative will expand.  More people will need to be involved.  This takes an ongoing collaborative effort, more relationship building with stakeholders, and agility as the speed of change increases. This collaboration raises us to oversee from a higher level,...

Systems Thinking and Organizational Culture: The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts

At Spark Success we take a 3-Point Approach which includes appreciative inquiry, systems thinking, and values alignment. This article focuses on the aspect of systems thinking. We hear this term more often these days. What does it mean and why does it matter? Have you heard any of these terms lately – systems thinking, systems approach, systems work? A system refers to the dynamic moving and...

The Integral Role of Leaders in Organizational Culture

Leaders have a pivotal impact on the initiation and sustainability of Values Based Organizational Culture.  They have a large say as they create the environment, model the behaviours, and decide on the related strategies, processes, procedures, and systems.  Therefore, it is important to explore how leaders impact organizational culture and how they can support the shift towards the...

The Trusted Collaborator: Supporting a Positive Trajectory

As organizations move further into the Knowledge Era and experience the complexities therefrom within their business operations, values-based organizational culture initiatives become even more imperative.  Having a trusted collaborator to work with you on these initiatives goes a long way towards having an objective perspective, understanding your overall organizational system, and...

Find out why “Values-driven Organizations are the most successful organizations on the planet” (Barrett, 2017)

According to Richard Barrett (2017), “Values-driven organizations are the most successful organizations on the planet”.  They outperform the organizations studied in Collins book, Good to Great, and outperform the S&P 500 Index. Q:  What creates Values-based Organizations?   A:  Values-based organizational culture and values-based leadership When I took my BCom degree in the mid-1980’s, the...

How are You Adapting Your Leadership for the Knowledge Era?

For over 16 years I have been providing leadership and organizational consulting to organizational leaders, business owners and individuals looking to enhance their professional development.  Over those years I have seen the speed at which change is occurring accelerate.  Where the prior command and control or top-down management worked to a certain degree before, it no longer provides...

What Would a Deeper Understanding Mean for You and Your Organization?

Last week, after having returned from two weeks on campus at the magical Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, I spent a good part of this week applying the on-campus learning. This was done in refining my Capstone Proposal for an engaged, action-oriented research project with a client’s organization along with the related Ethics Review application. While these documents are initial drafts...

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