There’s a silent power within your organisation that’s quietly moulding the patterns of behaviour that will determine your culture. A survey probably won’t detect it, but identifying and shifting it will have a significant impact on performance. We’re not talking about values or behaviours here, but something far less universal and more specific to individual organisations. The dominant, but tacit, influencer that has the capacity to both limit and liberate a business: our shared organisational beliefs.
What if there was another way of finessing the evaluation of people that most people cannot see?
There are bodies of work that study the development of consciousness—sometimes called levels of development. These studies can describe the degree of expansion present in the personal lens through which individuals see the world, and could well be a valuable leadership metric in the near-future.
Diversity has direct and surprising positive effects on your business. Not only can it yield a range of beneficial impacts but it can also help limit some of the more extreme tendencies your teams may face. It is a proposition I recently put forward in an article for Acquisition International and one that I’d like to reflect on here.
Most leaders can describe the values of their organisation, but fewer are successful at ‘walking that talk’.
In fact, as communication increases about an organisation’s values, there’s a greater risk that employees and customers will become cynical.