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We’ve all had those perfect moments, when things come together in an
almost unbelievable way, when events that could never be predicted,
let alone controlled, remarkably seem to guide us along our path.
These are moments when something other than the probability of
chance is involved. The closest we’ve come to finding a word for
what happens in these moments is Synchronicity. In the flow of
these moments it seems as if hidden hands are helping us.
As leaders, we are the creators of Synchronicity within our
organizations. We know that developing Synchronicity takes more than
just hiring good people and giving them financial incentives. It
takes creating an environment that cultivates passion and creativity
within our organization. It takes creating a constructive climate
Culture refers to the set of particular behaviors (called
behavioral norms) that an organization's members believe are
expected of them if they are to fit in and survive. These
behavioral norms lead to patterns of behaviors and attitudes that
guide the way members approach their work and interact. These
patterns can be positive and productive...or not.
Getting to know your organization's culture helps you determine if
the behaviors expected of employees support or detract from high
performance. Most importantly, assessing your culture brings to
light opportunities for change and improvement that can nurture and
sustain your high performers over time, making success a "sure
thing" for your business; both now and in the future.
We use a tool called the Circumplex to help understand your
organization’s climate and culture.
What can this
circle tell you about improving organizational performance?
All you need to
What makes organizational change so difficult?
In a word, people.
If people make the business, people can break the business. So
how do you get people to work toward a better business? How do
you get everybody on the same page, at the same time, moving in
the right direction?
Look at Performance From All Angles
This circle, called the Circumplex, has the answers.
Developed by psychologist Dr. J. Clayton Lafferty over 35 years ago,
the Circumplex was one of the first to be used for development
purposes and is demonstrated to be statistically valid and reliable.
The Circumplex provides a way to see what drives performance –
that of individual contributors, leaders, work teams – in short, the
entire organization. It breaks the factors underlying performance
down into 12 ways or styles of thinking, behaving and interacting.
Some styles are effective and productive; some are not. But
effective or not, they all describe what's happening inside the
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