The 'Dancing Guy' video on Youtube is still one of my all time favourite references on how to reach a cultural tipping point. With any culture change initiative, the hope is that enough people will eventually pick up the new behaviour beats and start joining the dance until the organisation tips into the new cultural norm. But how do you find those 'dancing guys' - the people in your organisation who will bring the new culture to life and influence others?
Here is an interview with the CEO of Ford, Alan Mulally.
It's good all the way through, but especially from minutes 12'-16'30". He tells a great story of a highly visible moment where he found a way to use the traffic light system to get his people to know that covering up poor performance is a worse sin that the results themselves. You get to hear how quick it can be to change a cultural norm with the right leadership behavior.
If you want to build a culture of innovation, watch how the best do it.
Douglas Merrill, CIO of Google describes some of the behaviors, symbols and systems of his company. Watch his passion and his curiosity, features of innovative cultures. See how clear he is about the beliefs and principles that underpin his company. How could you help people like Douglas thrive in your organisation?