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Change habits to change culture

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You will find tons of material & discussions happening on CULTURE. Culture is defined differently by different people and therefore it becomes difficult to accept one particular definition of CULTURE. More than this what is difficult is to measure culture in a manner that most of the people find it acceptable. The acceptability factor is more important if a measure of culture is going to be used to drive changes in behavior.

Change Management Model

A group of Habits becomes your behavior and when certain group of people starts behaving in a particular way, it becomes a culture. Therefore if you want to change culture change habits. Also note that performance can also be changed by changing the Habits & Climate/Physical workplace environment.

Habits drive culture and Kaizen is a journey of moving from Current set of habits to Better set of habits. Pick a few habits, change them, celebrate, and keep moving forward one step at a time. But often organizations & employees makes mistake when it comes to Behavior Change. Below given are top 10 mistakes:

  1. Relying on willpower for long-term change
  •         Solution: Imagine willpower doesn’t exist. That’s step 1 to a better future.
  1. Attempting big leaps instead of baby steps
  •         Solution: Seek tiny successes….one after another
  1. Ignoring how Climate/Physical workplace environment shapes behaviors
  •         Change your context and your change your life
  1. Trying to stop old behaviors instead of creating new ones
  •         Focus on actions, not avoidance
  1. Blaming failures on lack of motivation
  •         Make the behavior easier to do
  1. Underestimating power of triggers
  •         No behavior happens without a trigger
  1. Believing that information leads to action
  •         We humans aren’t so rational
  1. Focusing on abstract goals more than concrete behaviors
  •        Get in shape
  1. Seeking to change behavior forever, not for a short time.
  •         A fixed period works better than “forever”

10. Assuming that behavior change is difficult

  •         Behavior change is not so hard when you have the right process

Source of top 10 mistakes: Stanford University’s Persuasive Tech Lab

Organizations cannot change their culture unless individual employees change their behaviour/habits. But how do you facilitate this change in behaviour/habit and go beyond behavioural change alone to true transformation. To know the answer to this question, there is great article written by Keith Ferrazzi. His article outlines the ways in which leaders can learn about corporate culture change. Click here to read further.

P.S. If your leaders and colleagues are also interested in this subject, do them a favor and share this link. They may thank you for your concern and initiative.

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Author: Kaizen Institute - India!

Kaizen Institute – India is part of the Global Kaizen Institute operations. Kaizen Institute was established by Sensei Masaaki Imai, the GURU of Kaizen. He wrote the 1st book 28 yrs ago and that is when it all started . We operate in 30+ countries today and have over 400+ coaches helping more then 600 organizations Learn, Apply, Sustain – Kaizen/ Operational Excellence. In India we have two physical offices – Pune & Ahmedabad and 27 coaches in all.

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