Cultural Transformation: Don’t Miss The Blindingly Obvious!

“Culture does not change because we desire to change it. Culture changes when the organization is transformed – the culture reflects the realities of people working together every day”

– Frances Hesselbein


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Regrettably, almost 75% of organizational transformations downright fail.

I remember advising on this topic to a large “top-down” jaundiced client organization, best known in Industry for arbitrarily thrusting tactical commands upon dispassionate employees. Often that led to poorly executed projects, brusquely frenzied debates, unintended delays, and duplications. Leadership of the company was never in sync with the unfulfilled employees and their real issues. Customarily, culture in that company, remained an underleveraged cog in the revenue generating wheel.

Unexpectedly, most of the business leaders, hardly appreciate the incredible clout of an energized culture while dealing with the increased business complexities. It is not that easy to comprehend how to leverage and transform prevailing culture to enhance the success on the ground. It needs conjuring of an elusive “wake-up” intuition that the culture of a company can chew away the best crafted strategies. Largely, leaders of such organizations are far-off with regard to what they assume as their culture and the ground level realities.Probably, they try and acclimatize with the looming challenges by taking chances.

The first preparatory step in a culture change initiative is to find out what is “working” and “not working” in the organisation. Following tips are critical for attaining cultural advantage in any business. The pointers might sound obvious but are all exceptionally important.

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(Finally, you need to be tolerant. Transformation initiatives do take time. Even in the face of obvious reasons for transformation, an organization can be impervious to change. Prevalent culture in any organization is a familiar fusing medium for employees. Therefore, any change is perceived as intimidating)

When you objectively study the culture of an organization, you will realize that  it is (loosely) both- an independent (or causal or dispositional) and also a dependent variable. If it can seriously power and ignite the committed performance of the people,  enhances obedience towards formal systems & processes in the organization, it can equally be “energized” by constructive behaviour, respect for formal systems & processes, overall performance of the organization, and so on.

It is animatedly intertwined!

I hope that you will find this piece useful and that you will not commit similar slip-ups. Please bounce back your ideas and plans in case you too are embarking on similar journey.

Half-Baked Change: An Episodic Approach Towards Organizational Transformation Clouds Its Purpose.

People don’t resist change.  They resist being changed!

– Peter Senge

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One of my client organizations when began to work at weighing various possible alternatives to fast-swell their growth objectives, the congenital promoter, obsessively pitched for the idea of acquisition. It took sensible time to convince him not to hasten such moves to avoid a disappointing bearing over the already hard-won achievements. Providentially, after collective deliberations for days together, the entire apex team could recognize that any acquisition at that stage would be suicidal for the financial health of the organization. Rather, enterprise-wide business process reengineering was a much more relevant option to sharpen the blunt edges of the organizational systems at that time.

Any failed transformational initiative often offers an occasion to the people to be contemptuous and cynical about the whole thing. A change program usually takes long time and is not an unobtrusive process. With increasing business complexities, change is getting harder. It is exactly like the folklore of elephant and blind men. We all talk about transformation but very few actually know “What it is and How to do it”. Our distinctive choices can be ‘correct’ from our individual perspectives, but characteristically restricted by our inability to apprehend the totality of the truth. My current blog is about Change management. How an episodic approach towards organizational transformation clouds its purpose. Continue reading

REFLECTIONS: IMPRESSIONS – PART III

“Enter your inner self in order to see the life you desire.”

–Aniekee Tochukwu

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Why knowing yourself is not your first priority?

We are most terrified of visiting our own self. So, many of us go through each day events, reacting and focusing on everything else, but to take a conscious inward journey by delving much deeper. Even if we do, our quest for soul searching is surprisingly a booby-trapped pursuit. I believe that a sincere deep inner journey can possibly swing the hard ground underneath, but it can also open up whole new revelation of our submerged potentials. Why not? In fact, we are born to make manifestation of the splendour of our deepest light that is within us. Our personality is reflection of our inner self. We are meant to shine in this world. It is our life force that makes us find reasons to get up in the morning for doing something meaningful! 

 

Self — The Inward Journey

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REFLECTIONS: IMPRESSIONS – PART II

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

-Lao Tzu

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This blog is a tearful tribute to my younger brother whom I lost just few days back.

SHOCK is probably too light a word to express. Jovial, bright, and ever smiling. A true leader and a remarkable human being who merits not only respect but also celebration. He just didn’t seem to ever think and shy of believing himself as a true team leader. But I do and many more who came all the way from far remote locations to Mukti-Dhaam (cremation ground) to witness the last conquest of their much-loved leader. In his professional life, his work ethic and impeccably high standards translated into a successful and prominent sales career. His every action inspired his team to dream more, do more and become more. This blog is a homage to a true leader. Continue reading

REFLECTIONS : IMPRESSIONS – PART I

Each day is born with a sunrise
and ends in a sunset, the same way we
open our eyes to see the light, 
and close them to hear the dark.
You have no control over
how your story begins or ends.
But by now, you should know that
all things have an ending.
Every spark returns to darkness.
Every sound returns to silence.
And every flower returns to sleep
with the earth.
The journey of the sun
and moon is predictable.
But yours, 
is your ultimate
 ART.” 
― Suzy Kassem

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Life’s a journey filled with lessons, hardships, anguishes, blisses, festivities and special moments. You can choose to ride the journey of your life however you want. If you are looking for a catalyst that will re-connect you with that bit of your soul, reflect back on your life journey. There’s something inside us all that craves to make an optimistic impact on the world around us. As George Bernard Shaw said, Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. Our life journey will always have deep impressions on our character, choices, and responses. Every milestone of my journey has helped me re-focus on my goals. Not only challenging me emotionally and intellectually, it has also provided an opportunity for my personal growth and professional genuineness. Through this blog, sharing few of my life and career images with you…! I have labelled my thoughts & quotes as ‘Reflections: Impressions’ and this is Part-I. Continue reading

WHEN TRIED BY FIRE…TAME YOUR TURN-ONS!

Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.

-Edwin H Chapin

www.en.wikipedia.orgAre you troubled by something that happened at work in your past?

Are you enslaved and incapacitated by lingering thoughts of revulsion, touchiness, and animosity towards your boss or peers, bit by bit, literally bloating your head?

Why we all care so much about what other people think of us? Why their acuities have reflexively encompassed every facet of our being?

Just remember one thing, in corporate ecosphere, oppressive behaviour comes in all forms. Subjective vindication is much complex and pervasive sensation in otherwise cramped corporate power corridors.  At some point in our career, we all have inadvertently stumbled upon such caustic power-mines. Regrettably, it materializes more frequently as we climb up the ladder. 

Yet, whether we think about it consciously or not, one important question continues to stay alive beneath such experiences: How one should react to such methodically premeditated career assaults? Continue reading

Professional Jealousy: Why you are Green under the veil!

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.

Fulton J. Sheen

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In last 30 years of stirring professional experience, two obliquely interlaced facets of the corporate world have intrigued me the most. One is the vulnerability and the other is jealousy.

Let’s introspect! When your teammate achieves something, why does that make you feel edgy?  It could be anything – his quality, reward, capability, or any other accomplishment. Equally, when he fails, why does that make you feel comforted or ventilated? Why we are habitually troubled with ‘unsettling’ or ‘ugly’ emotions on others’ achievements?  Why we feel conquered when someone has an advantage over us? Why our mind exaggerates the importance of other’s pluses?

Yet, aren’t we wish others to be delighted for us when we do well? Continue reading

Greetings!

“During this season of kindness and giving, let us take time to gently appreciate and enjoy the simple and beautiful things around us.

May this magnificent time of the year touches your soul in an extraordinary way.May this incredible time of humanity brings you unending bliss that lasts throughout the year.

Wishing you harmony, delight, and all the joy this lovely time has to offer. Wishing you much happiness today and throughout the New Year.

 May the Almighty bless you and your family with all good things of life.”

With Personal Warm Regards,
Bhagwat Yagnik
Founder & CEO
Yagnik Management Consultants
Facilitating Cultural Transformation 
& Designing Predictable Organizational Architecture
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CONFEDERACY IN TIME / HR: ARE YOU READY?

“In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy”

Paul Getty

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Last Friday, I was interviewing a younger group of those ‘just starting out’ types for a role in my consulting Startup. During the course of the interview, when I asked one casually clad aspirant, “Why you want this job?”

I got a startling reply, “Not a job. I am looking for something unfamiliar and undefined…Want to discover myself.”

 At that moment, rather than dismissing his reply as naïve, I considered adjusting my thoughts.

 Let’s first come to some agreement with few unembellished testimonials.

We are in the 21st century and living in an increasingly fast-paced and ever-changing world.  It is predominantly driven by an interminably “disruptive” business warfare. Entire world is witnessing an unprecedented economic dynamics. Today innovation is virtually tantamount to survival for any business.

The market dynamics are changing so dramatically that if your products /services can’t keep up with the realities, you might not be in the business much longer…You are, in fact, absolved straight to the garbage pit.  To thrive and excel in today’s business climate, it is imperative for companies to adapt differently than they have in the past. Today’s survival mantra is to innovate and grow by capitalizing on the rapid speed of change. The intimidating challenge for most of the enterprises is to adapt to the change unpretentiously. More a company pigheadedly remain cemented to old ways, the uglier are the penalties. Today best of the companies are overtly feeling being pushed to the wall as never before. More than change it is the consequences of the change that are flattening them hard. Continue reading

The Lines and Boxes have a Purpose!

Yagnik Management Consultants

Facilitating Cultural Transformation 

& Designing Predictable Organizational Architecture

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An Organization Design is a Corporate Self-Reflection.

A Web of Integration and Differentiation.

A Dynamic Energy Matrix of Fission & Fusion.

It demands engrained imbuing of Stability in Continuity & Flexibility in Rigidity.

Traditionally, enterprises are proud of investing heaps of money on growth strategies. Yet, very little genuinely gets translated into the projected results. Regrettably, the significance of culture never gets priority on the ‘table’ of the decision makers. Besides, leadership has proven to be bit elusive towards demands of change management. 

It takes long for an enterprise to realize that success is directly contingent upon its deeply embedded culture. Transforming an organization’s culture is a demanding leadership challenge. Most of the time, we  pretend to be satisfied with episodically introduced “Magic-Potion” of few widely held but uncharacteristic “fairy-tale” interventions to address extremely intertwined and reciprocally reinforcing influences of various organizational elements. Alas! That is not likely to help your organization. Eventually, such efforts fail, despite indicating flickering light of  progression for a while. 

Organizational Design and Cultural Transformation initiatives are highly interlinked. Today, organizational architecture leans towards integrating all the significant elements of agility and displays noteworthy features of an organic design with a self-empowered team structures. Eventually, an organizational design must fit your business strategy. Correspondingly, organization culture is equally a deceptive but determining factor in the success of the organization. It refers to deeply imbedded beliefs, ideologies, principles and values that the individuals of an organization share and practice. Finally, Culture shapes the character of the organization. 

Many of my clients find it increasingly difficult to drive performance in a dysfunctional structure. The ever changing disruptive market realities are recurrently unsettling  their business strategies  and they do not know where to begin or simply don’t know what to do. 

We have a very entrepreneurial approach to change management.

We are specialized in addressing all your specific challenges in effectively launching transformational initiatives. Invite us as your partner in resolving all critical concerns you are encountering while designing an architecture for a performance driven enterprise. 

We will assist you in avoiding common missteps.

Just reach out to us…!

Bhagwat Yagnik

Founder & CEO

Yagnik Management Consultants

www.bhagwatyagnik.com

EMail ID:babayagnik@gmail.com

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