Changing an Established Culture

An organization’s culture is built over time and is influenced by the people, products, environment and more. Culture can feel like a big, immovable object but with the right tools and the right approach, even the most ingrained culture can be changed. To create change within your organization, it's important to keep the following in mind: 

1. Find the Feeling
Data can be very powerful when used properly, but a good story can change minds in a way that data never will. Emotion is a powerful driver when it comes to change. It’s can be difficult to care about numbers on a spreadsheet, but when those numbers tell a story about impact, people are hardwired to care and are willing to make a change. Remember, “I don’t care how much you know until I know how much you care. “

2. Create Alliances
Passionate and informed people often drive culture change. A small group of like-minded people can make a big difference. If you believe that your company holds too many meetings and these meetings are having a negative impact on productivity, it is likely that others feel the same way. Seek out people that share your beliefs and work with a team to create change.

3. Get Organized
You may get the attention of decision makers with a powerful story, but including the data to back up your story makes change more likely to occur. Document examples of what you believe to be good and bad cultural practices. Try to make the recommended change a win-win for the company and the employees.

4. Use Technology
Technology can change the way people work. It can make employees more productive, build connections, and improve the bottom line. For example, try video conferencing instead of conference calls. Use standing desks instead of sitting for a healthier culture. It’s also important to know when to limit the use of technology. Consider leaving cell phones outside of all meeting rooms to remove distractions.

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