Teams, Culture, Values and Unintended Consequences
In this workbook Kathryn Alexander, MA reveals that certain values form systems. That is a group of values clumps together and act together in such a way that if you pick one from the group, then the others are all there too because they fit together and all serve the same purpose. Choose one, you get them all. When we mix values from different groups it doesn’t work at all. These values form the context for decision-making in most organizations – a context that is invisible, but that determines the outcome, to a great extent. By making the invisible visible, Kathryn opens up decisions and relationships to the light of choice, giving us a chance to rethink how we interact and improve our relationships.
Culture, Values & Unintended Consequences: A Workbook
This is a great way to get an insight into your culture, evaluate it and understand what needs to change! Work with your leadership team or by yourself to gain insights into your current culture and how to make it better.
What's It Mean - Shifting To Green?
Getting to the next level of greatness::
Depends upon the quality of the culture
Which depends upon the quality of the relationships
Which depends upon the quality of the conversations
Everything happens through conversation!
~Judith E. Glaser
Here are the leadership skills necessary to take us into the next century. The pace of change has only continued to accelerate and our interconnection has only increased. This means that what makes leaders effective has also changed!
One of Many Important
Leadership skills can always be developed, even if a person has a natural aptitude for them. Even with an innate capacity to lead, no one is born understanding how to manage change, create and implement strategy, or create a robust and effective culture, think from a systems perspective, or mimic natures own processes.
The new advances in brain science are becoming key to shifting old styles of leadership. My training in CIQ - Conversational Intelligence makes brain chemistry and the impact of neurobiology easily understand and easily applied. It can make a BIG difference very quickly.
There is always more to learn about people, and we have a lot to say on this too, but there are other areas where the mix of organizational insight, systems intuition and people smarts come together to increase the chance for success. It is in the intersection of people, organizational design and strategy where we are unique!
"If you want to leave a legacy...leave it now, every day of your life, not just after you are gone or only as a result of a narrowly defined way of contributing. With every thought, word, and deed you leave something behind. You get to choose whether you leave a legacy of impossibility or possibility, of denigration, or celebration, of unkindness, or kindness, of judgment, or acceptance, of struggles or grace, of discouragement or encouragement, of frailty or strength, of tears of laughter, of fear or love. What is in your heart to leave as a legacy, in this moment...and now this one? "~Cathy Drew, Poet
We are used to think in terms of parts and pieces. We see the accounting department, procurement and manufacturing and think that they are separate entities, but they are actually interconnected and it is where they interact that success is either made or hindered. For most people that interconnection is invisible. The art of seeing and understanding patterns of connection is a critical leadership skill in this more complex and volatile world we are living in. Working with wholes instead of parts is eye opening.
All living systems share certain dynamics and being able to see and leverage those dynamics can make magic happen. Systems thinking impacts every aspect of the organization and every action the organization takes.
Paradigm shifting growth happens when people have:
Using the Birds of a Feather™ model to understand leadership style and culture offers a clear path to improvement. Work with me to achieve a legacy worthy of your efforts!
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Conversational Intelligence® is a revolutionary body of work leveraging the power of neuroscience to create profound and lasting transformation for individuals, teams and entire organizational cultures. Combining science and intuition, Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ) aspires to shift our world from I-Centric to WE-Centric and architect Conversational Transformation on a neuro-chemical level.
Whether applied to individual leaders and executives, teams or entire organizations, C-IQ is a force for positive transformation such as establishing high levels of trust, triggering growth and innovation, overcoming limiting conversational patterns or gracefully navigating difficult conversations.
As a coach Certified in Conversational Intelligence® I have access to the C-IQ Catalyst Tools and technologies and am equipped to facilitate workshops, masterminds and other in-depth sessions utilizing C-IQ tools and frameworks to elevate performance results, shift organizations into Level III Conversational Rituals, create and sustain a healthy organizational culture and much more.
Together, we are changing the World one conversation at a time.
"Never tell your folks how to do something. Tell them what you need to be done and let them surprise you with their ingenuity. " ~ General George S. Patton
Everything we do happens through words - conversation. Our words create our worlds. As a C-IQ Practitioner I can offer insights, tools and methods that will help you align your words with your intent so that you can achieve your desired outcome. Brain science has opened up new levels of understanding about how we impact others. We come with the best of intentions, but our habits can undermine our results.
Unhealthy conversations are at the root of distrust, deceit, betrayal and avoidance – leading to lower productivity, innovation, ineffective cultures, employee sickness and turnover. The good news is that we have control over our conversations and we can learn to change toxic into healthy. Work with me to make a big change in your life and in your ability to create true, meaningful partnerships.
Change Your Meetings - Change Your Life
Is that what they say in your organization? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it was true? What if people did love meetings, if people wanted to come to meetings, if people wished they’d had more time in the meeting? Well these are all responses from attendees in meetings run by Kathryn Alexander, MA from Bridge to Partnership.
Good Meetings Make a Difference
Good meetings, have the right people, a clear focus, an appropriate amount of time, and they are designed to complete the task.
Most groups try to reach agreement by talking about one or two options until one side or the other gives up, or both sides compromise so neither is happy. People fear these kinds of meetings. they take time, are NOT fun, produce results of limited value and are costly in many ways. We do meetings differently!
Most of us want to do the right thing! As a leader it is easier to do things right than to do the right thing - this is way more complicated than we sometimes realize. Is the "right thing" what protects us, or is it what makes us effective - or is it what ensures health and vitality for the entire system?
These are not easy questions to answer, but what is most important is that we often forget to ask them! We do not often recognize that leadership skills include an astute understanding of both ethics and values - applied in real time!
Moving from a human centered perspective to a Life centered perspective is a major shift and one that increases impact exponentially.
Values are the container for effective action. When aligned with your vision and congruent with strategic needs, they become dynamic drivers of success. When misaligned they can cause confusion, mistrust, and corruption. The Strategic Value Set™ offers insights into much of the confusion surrounding ethics and values!
Download the Values Brochure
An effective culture is the result of superior leadership skills. Culture is the leaders responsibility, measure, and legacy. Like it or not the culture reflects who the leader is, as seen through the eyes of others. Culture comes about as people try to figure out what the actions of the leaders mean.
Words are only relevant when they are reflected in action. When the talk is different from the walk it is behavior that is paid attention to, discussed, and distilled into an 'understanding' of what it means to be successful in this place. People become suspicious and cynical because of the discrepancy between what is said and what is done.
The goal of effective leadership is to create alignment and coherence between what is said and what is done. this reinforces the message and gives confidence to the entire organization about that is expected.
"It’s been said that education teaches you the rules and experience teaches you the exceptions". ~Anonymous