Cultural Change and Transformation in Organizations
At some point every organization comes face to face with the need for fundamental change, sometimes radical. The decision to embark on change may be prompted by a variety of factors and circumstances: Company mergers, (which require the challenge of integrating cultures), change in the economy, in the market, in profitability expansion into distant markets, in the need to be innovative and creative to stay on the leading edge, to name a few. Change requires new strategic visions. For new strategic visions to be implemented and be successful the culture needs to change and transform to align with the new leadership aspirations. This requires entering into a process where the leaders develop an ability to re-envision their organization and clearly articulate the organization’s new aspirations. It also requires energy and an ability to generate new ideas. Companies that aspire to be innovative, on the leading edge, need to engage in cultural change to be successful. Collective motivation, enthusiasm and intense commitment are crucial ingredients of successful transformations. The CEO plays a vital role in the success of the transformation by communicating its significance, building a strong team, modeling the desired changes and getting personally involved.
The culture in an organization is critically important to business and leadership success. For change to be successful in an organization, the leaders must have a culture oriented approach to change. The culture in an organization must be leveraged for successful change. It is well known that the hidden power of company culture can thwart the best intentions of a leader’s strategic aspirations. Culture has a powerful impact on results, and the right approach to culture change accelerates that impact in a way that can bring breakthrough results. Most successful companies realize that a strong inspirational organizational culture is needed to increase financial results. Research shows there is a strong correlation between positive financial results and an inspiring organizational culture.
As the landscape of business changes, many companies are merging. The lack of successful mergers is painfully costly and is mainly attributed to culture clashes. It is the number one reason for a deal’s failure to achieve its promised value. In a culture clash, the companies’ fundamental ways of working are so different and so easily misinterpreted that people feel frustrated and anxious, leading to demoralization and defections. Productivity flags, and no one seems to know how to fix it. The key to all successful mergers is the ability of the organization to transform and to culturally integrate.
We at Women on the Leading Edge, Inc. facilitate the cultural organizational transformation needed for the successful merger of companies. We help leaders envision, achieve and communicate their broad and encompassing visions and translate them into realities. We help to consciously create the cultural change needed in your organization for your new visions to become real. When the culture is changed to align with the leaders new aspirations, leaders can inspire outstanding performance from the people they serve eliciting their increased dedication and initiative.