Culture of Delegation

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Delegation is the process by which responsibility and authority for completion of an objective is assigned to an employee. Delegation allows for leaders and managers to have more time for high-priority tasks and present growth opportunities for their direct reports and other members of the organization. Executed properly, delegation can increase productivity, decrease the stress of management, offer training and experience to …

Culture of Conflict Resolution

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“Step into the void and a net will appear.” – Anonymous Successful culture teaches leaders and its members how to effectively surface discord or disagreement and initiate conflict resolution, rather than avoiding or accommodating the conflict. Unlike cultures where conflict can be avoided or accommodated in perpetuity, successful cultures function without the obstacles of unresolved or poorly resolved conflict. Conflict resolution …

Culture of Conflict Management: Part 2

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This blog is a continuation of Culture of Conflict Management: Part 1. I highly recommend you read Part 1 before Part 2. Culture of Forced Conflict A forced-conflict culture is evident when a members of the culture display aggressive behavior to resolve a conflict and get their own way. A culture that promotes this style of behavior typically has members that …

Culture of Conflict Management: Part 1

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Conflict occurs when people display opposition or disagreement. Conflict is a normal part of the work environment, as different people will rarely look at situations in the same way. Conflict can occupy up to 1/4 of an individual’s time; therefore, how to handle conflict in a constructive way is important inside a culture. As an organization relies more on team …

Culture of Influence: Part 2

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Influence Through Consultation Consultation as an influence style that can be effective in a variety of cultures and situations. Consultation requires a person to seek another’s input and be willing to modify one’s behavior based on that input. When using consultation to influence others, the primary concern is to gain their commitment to achieve an objective or goal. People are more committed to …

Culture of Influence: Part 1

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Influence Through Rational Persuasion “Win by persuasion not by force.” – Latin Proverb Rational persuasion is a tactic used to influence others, both inside and outside of our culture. It is characterized by the use of logical arguments with factual information to persuade others that a specific action will lead to a particular outcome. Leaders, whether formal or informal, who use rational …

Toxic Cultures

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For most people, it is fairly easy to detect the personal qualities and behaviors that exemplify a full-blown toxic leader that creates a toxic culture. Identifying a leader who is in the early stages of creating a toxic culture can be a bit more challenging. Below are some questions to consider when trying to detect a shift in culture that is beginning to become …

Culture, Marriage, and Water

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In Culture Trumps Everything, I define organizational culture as the environment in which we live and work, including beliefs, behavioral rules, traditions, and rituals that bind us together. If you remove the first clause (the environment in which we live and work), the remainder of the definition is culture writ large. Beliefs are the way we see the world; behavioral rules are …

Culture, Capitalism, and Geography

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In Culture Trumps Everything, I spend several pages describing the difference between classic capitalism and social capitalism. In brief, classic capitalism was codified in Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith, published in 1776. Classic capitalism believes it is the responsibility of owners and investors to create a machine of business using the “factors of production” (labor, land, and capital), in which capital …

Culture Split by Race and Educational lines

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A new CNN/ORC international poll taken after the shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church shows a startling cultural split, specifically about beliefs about what the Confederate Flag represents. This split is not only observed in the poll between whites and blacks (as one might expect), it can also be seen between those with and without a Bachelor’s level …