Why you should Change an Organizational Culture Slowly


 
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Why you should Change an Organizational Culture Slowly
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
It is normally advisable to proceed slowly / gradually when attempting to change an existing organizational culture.

Reasons for not changing organization cultures fast / abruptly are that the RESISTANCE TO SUCH CHANGE is likely to increase if:

1. The changes are more comprehensive or faster;

2. The changes intervene deeper in the private life of people;

3. The people involved are less aware of the reasons for the change;

4. The current culture is stronger....Sign up
 

 
Why You Should Change an Organizational Culture Slowly
Graham Williams, Management Consultant, South Africa, Premium Member
The larger the organization, the more likely will there be a variety of sub cultures - and changes need to occur (if not in tandem) then certainly con...Sign up
 

 
Stress Levels Will Be Under Control
srinivas, Lecturer, India, Member
A change at any part of organization will have consequences for every other part of the organization. It is necessary to understand those consequences...Sign up
 

 
Changing Culture Carefully
Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom, Premium Member
People accept change that is personally advantageous. If there is "something in it for me" then it will be accepted willingly. If there's disruption w...Sign up
 

 
Good Luck on Changing a Culture
Warren Miller, CFA, CPA, United States, Member
I won't say it's impossible, but, most of the time, the likelihood of changing the culture of a company that has at least 50 employees and has been in...Sign up
 

 
Good Luck, Indeed: Cultural Transformation is crap.
Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States, Premium Member
@Warren Miller, CFA, CPA: Trotsky observed that trying to transform a culture is like trying to resurrect a cemetar...Sign up
 

 
The SIZE Is More Relevant than the PACE of the Change
Javier Elenes, Business Consultant, Mexico, Member
The pace of the change (fast or slow) is not a decision of the executives of the organization. It is dictated by the enviroment.
There are two wa...Sign up
 

 
Careful Dance of (Culture) Change...
Gregory Johnson, Coach, United States, Premium Member
It would seem that someone is always promoting CHANGE in many features of an organization. I always ask the first question: "Why?". Then there is the ...Sign up
 

 
Big Change / Small Changes Considerations
Samuell Yew, Project Manager, Malaysia, Member
Culture is a delicate and sensitive thing. Itís not visible and itís often not discussed. So if culture change is to be effective, it needs to be mana...Sign up
 

 
Size and Complexity Affect the Pace of Culture Change
Steven Keleman, Ed.D., Management Consultant, United States, Member
By its very nature, my experience is culture change often runs at its own pace. What affects any rate of change:
1. The size of the organization,...Sign up
 

 
Why You Should Change an Organization Culture Slowly
Graham Williams, Management Consultant, South Africa, Premium Member
Steven K makes good points eloquently. Depending on the size and nature of the change, pace may vary during the process of course.
So for example...Sign up
 

 
The Personality Matters
Iraklis Goniadis, Business Consultant, Greece, Member
The more an individual identifies himself through his role or job within an organization and not by his personality, the more he reacts negatively to ...Sign up
 

 
Sub-cultures in Different Departments
Qazi Ata, Consultant, Pakistan, Member
@Graham Williams: Very true, large organizations have sub-organizational cultures. Itís important to be aware of th...Sign up
 

 
Culture (Change) Can't be Done Quickly
Abdourahmane DIOP, Management Consultant, Senegal, Member
A culture change does not become a reality in a day. It is the result of interactions over a longer or shorter period, leading to the gradual abandonm...Sign up
 

 
Contingency Planning and Cultural Resilence
Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States, Premium Member
@Abdourahmane DIOP: Well, in general, my purpose for enriching a culture has to do with sustainability and resilien...Sign up
 

 
What are we Trying to Change Anyway?
David Figuera, Consultant, Venezuela, Member
Inreed we must be aware that in general terms, culture does not change overnight. Thus, pretending to accelerate any change might actually be a deterr...Sign up
 

 
Change is Constant - Whether Slow or Fast!
Mallika T R, Manager, India, Member
Change is necessary. Change w.r.t. culture is taking place everywhere. However, there is also resistance to change by those who are happy being in the...Sign up
 

 
Changing Organization Cultures is Needed
Graham Williams, Management Consultant, South Africa, Premium Member
Maybe I'm being simplistic, but:
  1. The world is changing - increasing diversification, technology advances, competition, challenges stem...Sign up
 

 
Lessons Learned About the Need to Change an Organizational Culture Slowly
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
Thank you all who participated.
I'd like to summarize the key takeaways (so far) from our debate.
We started out with the statement that ...Sign up
 

 
The Leadership Process is the Key
Jose Luis Roces, Professor, Argentina, Premium Member
I agree with Jaap de Jongeís opinion, after 25 years working as a manager on culture transformation, the key factor is the leadership coalition inside...Sign up
 

 
Speed - versus - Surviving
William E. Linzey, Business Consultant, United States, Member
Changing an Organization's Culture is done for a reason. And that reason is the former culture is not conducive to some key performing metric. That KP...Sign up
 

 
Organization Culture Sometimes Changes very Quickly
Gary Wong, Consultant, Canada, Premium Member
The speed of oculture change can vary. One phenomenon of a complex adaptive system is the Sign up
 

 
Cultural Evolution or Trauma
Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom, Premium Member
Culture is a consequence of: the Senior Managersí behaviour x Environmental turbulences.
The changing (recruitment/training) of managers etc., wi...Sign up
 

 
Is the Existing Culture Toxic, Poor, Bureaucratic or Flexible and Innovative?
David Wilson, Manager, Canada, Premium Member
In organizations with toxic cultures, change must be quick and decisive.
In poor cultures, the problem is typically at the executive leadership l...Sign up
 

 
Size, culture and complexity.
Mariano Talanchuk, HR Consultant, Argentina, Member
@Javier Elenes: Size is important, but each specific culture has its own rhythm and cadence of change, which of co...Sign up
 

 
Reply to David Wilson
William E. Linzey, Business Consultant, United States, Member
@David Wilson: Well said, David. The purpose of changing organizational culture is due to a challenge with the curr...Sign up
 

   
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