Sunday, December 11, 2022


The great effort we could put collectively is to build a solid platform, create the theme of inclusiveness, to inspire a culture of learning agility, inclusiveness, innovation and high performance.

Organizational culture is an invisible ingredient, represents the ethos of the organization, brings speed to market, competitive advantage and defines corporate brand coherently. If culture embraces the future, inspires others, being customer centric, and then, it forms the dynamic business environment and high-mature digital organization.

Culture is a soft asset of the organization, but also a tough element which can harden the hardest, convey the spirit of the leadership and lift the organization to the next level of digital maturity.

Organizational culture inspection is a very first step in driving transformative changes: Every organization has a story: a set of beliefs, values, historic roots, and judgments about the internal workplace and the external environment around them. Every business has a culture or a set of cultures which reflect how people think collectively; their demeanor, how they relate to one another, how they confront issues and resolve them, etc.

In order to make an effective cultural inspection, the management needs to do the culture health check: Is “what you look '' consistent with “who you are”? Does culture eat your strategy for dinner? What are the beliefs and unspoken rules that everybody in the company knows and shares? What’s the customer’s impression of your brand? Do leaders proactively drive culture change or adapt to culture passively? Is desired culture propagated intentionally by management? Is your culture still helping the company grow and transform? If not, what needs to change? Etc. An insightful culture inspection becomes an important first step in leading culture changes.

Identify ineffective management interference to improve culture intelligence: Corporate culture is the way we think and do things around the organization. The “command and control” management style is gradually running out of steam because today’s workforce is digital savvy and informative, and knowledge is only a few clicks away. Identify all the interferences that are in the way of attaining the new culture and look at all the possible ways of overcoming negative mentality, and build a culture of empowerment.

Usually, misinterpretation is the interference of effective communication; misalignment is the interference of resource management; misunderstanding is interference of empathetic problem-solving. Any business friction existing is interference to decrease productivity, diminish innovation, or decelerate business speed. Strong culture should eliminate all those negative interference, so people can make their own choice to communicate and do their work with freedom without too much interference. By managing interference well, the organization with the culture intelligence will reap the benefits of high performance.

Culture innovation is a persistent effort for shaping fitting mindset, attitude and actions to unleash system potential of the organization: Organizational culture affects the working manner by which people and groups interact with each other. Culture change is not easy - it takes long term effort. Many companies do not have the courage and discipline. It’s critical to navigate through the various cultural filters that will interpret or misinterpret its intent, impact, and methodology; embed creativity into the corporate DNA to foster a culture of innovation across functional disciplines. Practically, you can not impose a culture of innovation, but definitely, you can influence and put the right elements into the culture blenders.

As many people have so much talent that just needs to be developed, good culture is an enabler to unleash collective potential. The spirit of culture comes from the top. Great leaders are creative themselves, they can inspire, provoke, empower their innovators and change agents, provide direction when needed and give others time, space, and freedom to create. Culture innovation is about planting positive seeds, such as creativity, inclusiveness, intellectual curiosity, value, passion, focus, etc, to improve organizational differentiated competency.

It takes open and bold leadership, long-term strategy, and robust processes and methodologies to rejuvenate a culture of innovation. The great effort we could put collectively is to build a solid platform, create the theme of inclusiveness, to inspire a culture of learning agility, inclusiveness, innovation and high performance.


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