“Experience” and “learning” are two powerful words that shape and strengthen personal and professional accountability, effectiveness, and success. These two words are close to my heart and mind. I firmly believe that they are of utmost importance in today’s VUCA world.1 The more we can experience and learn, the better we can adapt and explore current and future situations.
The above holds true for the consulting world, too. All client projects or contracts are an experiential learning curve for consultants, as each engagement hones the consulting growth mindset. Effective utilization of this mindset facilitates better client service and a successful consulting engagement.
Establishing and maintaining a strong workplace culture is a major undertaking for any organization. But when your organization grows 300 percent in the space of a year, holding onto the culture and values that led to such success becomes an uphill battle. That’s the challenge that Ron Storn, VP of People at Lyft, took on when he joined the company—how do you keep values alive while your organization is growing at a dizzying rate?
Zappos holds the distinction of being one of the largest online retailers of clothing, shoes, and accessories. But for entrepreneurs and corporate leaders, it is much more than just a profitable business. Zappos ascribes its success to its values-based culture, and its culture stories and unique best practices are well-known. The company has become a clear poster child for culture, leading to the creation of Zappos Insights, “a team within the Zappos Family of Companies created simply to help share the Zappos Culture with the world.”
Josh Bersin, principal and founder, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP, fascinated the crowd with the interesting perspectives on culture he shared at the 2nd Annual Ultimate Culture Conference. He started by sharing some interesting data and insights about why culture is important. He followed that explanation with a summary of five key trends driving culture today.
When called upon to institute major organizational transitions, business leaders need help navigating the process of implementing cultural change. Consequently, they call upon people from a wide array of disciplines (change management, project management, organizational design, IT, HR, leadership development, strategic planning, business relationship management, etc.) to fulfill this need. I refer to the professionals who provide this guidance as “change practitioners,” regardless of what discipline they represent or whether they operate as internal employees or external consultants.