UC’s Organisational Culture Transformation – update #2

News
The College of Science 2-day Culture Leader workshop was held last week. Twenty-seven Culture Leaders (Heads, other senior staff and Team Leaders) engaged with each other, theories of Organisational Culture, other content and their results. Pro-Vice-Chancellor Wendy Lawson observed

“It was an intense couple of days for our group of ‘culture leaders’. But the next steps are even more important: sharing the results with our colleagues in a way that supports understanding, and planning next steps.”

The now well-tried and tested workshop agenda includes:
– The “How Culture Works” model (Circumplexes, Outcomes and Causal Factors),
– A case-study exercise using the overall UC results, and
– The release and debrief of the ‘local’ results – at the unit and sub-unit levels.

This brings the number of Culture Leaders who’ve been through the 2-day workshop to 180.

Sharing News and Good Stories
Can you relate any positive experience within your team, your wider work area, or across UC to the organisational culture programme activities you have been undertaking? Please take a couple of minutes to tell that story. There’s two questions plus a few demographics and you can repeat this at any time. I’d love to hear your experiences.

Culture Leaders – there is a slightly longer survey you can utilise asking a little detail about experiences and reflections as well as positive stories.

Feature Article: The Interactive Circumplex
The interactive circumplex on the Human Synergistics website is a great tool for getting your head around the lens ‘shift’ of the 12 styles from an Individual style perspective to the Organisational Culture view i.e. the Behavioural Norms which are encouraged, discouraged or tolerated. All the elements of the Circumplex are defined and explained as you click on them.

A good example is:
– Click on Individual level: Personal Managerial or Leadership Styles view (left-hand side) and then click on the Perfectionist segment and you will reveal…

“Perfectionistic: Based on the need to attain flawless results, avoid failure and the tendency to equate self-worth with the attainment of unreasonably high standards. People high in this style are preoccupied with details, place excessive demands on themselves and others and tend to show impatience, frustration and indifference toward others’ needs and feelings.”

– Then click on Organisational level (Behavioural Norms) on the left and then on the Perfectionistic segment and you’ll see…

“A Perfectionistic culture characterises organisations in which perfectionism, persistence, and hard work are valued. Members feel they must avoid all mistakes, keep track of everything, and work long hours to attain narrowly defined objectives.”

This lens shift shows the difference between an individual who has a Perfectionist workstyle (measured by the LifeStyles Inventory) and an organisational culture that encourages Perfectionistic work habits (measured through the Organisational Culture Inventory).

Planning timeline
The indicative timeline for planning the organisational culture programme in each area is as shown below (click to enlarge)….

Finding Out More
– See UC’s Culture Journey website for more information on the UC programme, tools, articles and whitepapers, FAQs and more.
– Previous blog: #1: https://blogs.canterbury.ac.nz/intercom/2018/01/24/ucs-organisational-culture-transformation/

Ngā mihi nui
Karen Mather
Organisational Development Manager