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Organizational and Leadership Support through Empathy

There is so much happening in 2020 that can impact us emotionally.  Even in our usual day-to-day, we experience exponential change that impacts how we feel.  It used to be that emotions were kept separate from work.  We now know that emotions impact us both personally and at work, and there is an increased willingness to approach it differently and appropriately. Whether it is...

Creating Stability in the Work Environment by Leveraging Your Values

When we experience flux like we are experiencing now with the uncertainty around the impact of COVID going forward and, even before then, as we navigate the endless changes of life and leadership in the Knowledge Era, we look for some sort of certainty and stability. Traditional forms of certainty and stability are no longer available in this new era. Nothing is certain except for our choice of...

Working Virtually … a new dimension

By now, many of you have made the transition to working from home. In working with leaders and groups on Working Virtually, there are many elements to consider. I wanted to share some ideas to pave the way for clarity, connection, collaboration, productivity and stability in our virtual environment. Create a solid foundation for yourself Have clearly defined roles in your home:  who does what...

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...

What is Values-Based Organizational Culture (VBOC), and Why is It Important?

In our last blog post, I explained what is meant by Organizational Culture and how to successfully approach Organizational Culture initiatives.  In this post, we will explore a specific type of Organizational Culture, values-based organizational culture. Values-based organizational culture is the desired type of organizational culture.  It is a culture in which successful leaders’...

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