by Trevor Lee
So you want to change your culture? It won’t happen by accident. When it comes to culture, the old quote, “Insanity is doing the same things and expecting different results” is true. Changing culture is as much an art as a science, so there’s not a three-step process to culture change. But there are some elements that are essential if you want to see it happen. Here are five important ones to get you started.
Know your current culture.
If you want to make changes to your culture it means you already have a sense of it, but if you’re going to change it a sense isn’t good enough. You need to understand not only what your culture is, but why it is that way. What are the organizational rhythms, processes, habits, and attitudes that perpetuate the current culture? How does leadership reinforce the current culture–both actively and passively? How have people learned to function in the current culture and what will their pain points be if things change?