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    Sigma mod
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    What are the key principles for trying to bring about culture change?

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    #156012

    Silviu
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    You need a strong leader with vision. He knows what to do. Others will follow him:).
    silviu

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    #156017

    yeahhhhhh
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    All you need is this stool, and your remote control…..

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    #156019

    Mike Carnell
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    That is what the cover story from the May/June issue of iSixSigma magazine is all about.
    Brad Mills is that strong visonary leader (CEO) but if you believe he will do it all by himself it won’t work. He creates an environment that enables you to do the best job you can to support where he is going but culture change isn’t a spectator sport.
    Just my opinion. Good luck.

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    #156031

    Hawk
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    Culture change is about more than having a strong leader.  Although our COO brought SS into the company and is 100% behind it, the other leaders in the organization are not. 
    Results help change the way your leaders think.  Our strategy has been to keep our initial projects fairly narrow in scope so we can complete them quickly and still making an impact.  It si working but it is a long process.  Most people (from my experience anyway) resist change.   

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    #156053

    Mike Carnell
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    Hawk,
    I am not sure if you think we agree or disagree. From what I am reading in your post we agree.
    I don’t think the “get the quick hit” strategy really impacts people that much since most people understand what is going on. Fix something that most people thought couldn’t be fixed will get peoples attention.
    If the other leaders are not supporting it have you sat down with your COO and explained to him the issue and tried to develop some type of plan to support it?
    Just my opinion.

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    #156067

    CT
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    To all on this one:
    The very best leaders in the world would not be leaders with out Trust. In order to change a culture you must gain the trust of the people whose culture you are changing. Education is the fastest way to Trust. Education can be as simple as a Tool Box Meeting on Monday morning every week. Educate them, Involve them, and Guide them.
    CT

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    #156337

    Deanb
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    While leadership is important, I agree that positive culture change involves more than merely having a “strong” leader. Culture begins as a mangement philosophy about meeting company needs by satisfying participant needs in a manner that cultivates a willingness and energy that makes real change happen. Without this “willingness and energy” any change management initiative quickly turns into a pushing a rope initiative.I find that culture is more about “how” you get things done, rather than what you do. It is more like an unwritten code of managerial conduct that demonstrates respect for the participants and in turn builds trust, consensus, committment, and respect for what the management and the company need to accomplish. Management must earn this respect, it cannot be dictated.

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