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Organizational Culture and the 5 Monkeys Experiment

Have you ever heard the story of the 5 Monkeys Experiment? It may sound familiar when you think of your organizational culture. It goes like this: 5 monkeys were placed in a cage as part of an experiment. In the middle of the cage was a ladder with bananas on the top rung. Every time a monkey tried to climb the ladder,

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7 Steps to Better Horizontal Collaboration

I recently worked with a client group in a large federal government department that was trying to establish better horizontal collaboration across the directorate. Organizational silos are a common challenge for many of our clients. Groups become so involved in their own work and priorities that they neglect to notice what’s happening in the next office. This is called ‘silo

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Rethinking Meetings to Shape How and When a Team Comes Together to Work

In the June 2016 issue of the Harvard Business Review (HBR), Michael D. Watkins’ article Leading the Team You Inherit provides tips on how to deliberately assess individual team members against set criteria, identifying what the business environment needs and re-shaping the team to ensure effectiveness.  In addition, the article points out the importance of considering how people come together

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What is a change readiness assessment, anyway?

As change management professionals, we stress the importance of doing a change readiness assessment at the beginning of a project. But what does that mean, exactly? A change readiness assessment can take many different forms, and be more or less thorough depending on the situation. At the core, its purpose is to determine to what extent the organisation and key

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