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’...

What is All the Buzz About Organizational Culture?

Organizational Culture is spoken of in several ways.  Because Organizational Culture has become somewhat of a trendy concept, often spoken of as a solution for our changing times, some leaders may be tempted to jump on board simply because it is popular.  This highlights the importance of understanding what it truly means and to base organizational culture initiatives on solid...

What is going well in your organization?

What is going well in your organization? Have you ever stopped to ponder about what is going well in your organization? We get what we focus on, yet in business we tend to focus on what is not going well. By focusing on what is going well and amplifying it, you can shift your organization more readily than if you were to focus on what is not going well. For instance, let’s say that you want to...

Are You Finding that Your Leadership is Not as Effective as It Used to Be?

Why is this happening?1. There has been a shift from the Industrial Era to the Knowledge Age.2. We are now operating in a VUCA world which requires different things from us as leaders. VUCA stands for volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. What is different?1. Business is much more internet-based, and people – both team members and customers/clients – have much more information...