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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...

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...

As 2019 comes to a close …

As 2019 draws to a close, reflecting on the year can support your learning, growth and development. There is a saying that we learn through experience; however, as John Dewey said: “We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” Ways to Reflect … You can ask yourself (I recommend writing out your answers): What went well this year? What did I learn through my...

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’...

“Millennials”

I have heard many comments this year about the challenges of managing Millennials.  Often the word, Millennials, is used in a derogatory manner.  This often surprises me as I see so much benefit that Millennials can bring. When I listen to what Millennials tend to ask for, they are things that earlier generations – Traditional, Baby Boomer, and Gen X – wanted to ask but did...

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...

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