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Systems Thinking Tips for a Healthy Culture

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Systems Thinking Tips for a Healthy Culture

“Just as scientists, doctors, veterinarians, and engineers study and create systems, leaders must study, change, and create cultures.” The tricky part for leaders is that a culture is also a system--well, it’s many systems working together. So, they have to confront all the underlying systems which shape culture including: values, support systems, social norms, processes, feedback, and rewards systems. It’s daunting, but not impossible. Recognizing that all these systems influence and support company culture is the first step tochange.

It is also important to recognize that culture is not the “job” of one department, or a couple of people. It is a collective effort supported by guiding principles. Silos can ruin culture.

As an example, here are some key areas of focus for crafting a wellness culture within the systems that guide human behavior....

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Why Innovative Companies Hire Entrepreneurs

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Why Innovative Companies Hire Entrepreneurs

Today, companies are seeking employees who want to demonstrate personal mastery and are driven by owning their work, and these qualities are typically associated with an entrepreneurial background. So it’s no wonder why “one in three employers said they are looking for entrepreneurial experience in their potential hires”.

So, why do the most innovative companies want to “hire” entrepreneurs? Entrepreneurship is a favorable skill-set because it exposes people to a real-world and multifaceted experience, but so does alternative education. In fact, many alternative programs are designed to inspire young people by giving them the freedom to think like an entrepreneur and master skills like: resilience, innovation, creativity, and adaptability. These programs encourage students to showcase their skills and capabilities in more active, practical ways that demonstrate their passion and mastery - conversations, projects, websites and other original works. When you’re an entrepreneur, the project is you....

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When is it Right to "Trust the Process"?

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When is it Right to "Trust the Process"?

Anytime you have a group of people interacting over time, you have a complex adaptive system. You can have clear hierarchies and role requirements, but what you can't easily quantify is how powerful a role emergence will play in how projects and people take shape when they are all co-evolving. (Especially here at the HumanCurrent podcast, where we run a flat organization.) It's beautiful, really. Together people shape the work, and the work changes them.

There are a lot of factors that have agency to cause the changing shape of any system (let's take a project team as our example), but the most obvious medium for making change or progress is ideas. Here's the thing about ideas and how much power they have....

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Ask a Startup: How Does Your Team Handle Failure & Mistakes?

Our team is small with only 3 people, so we are very close to one another. We communicate a lot and have learned to be forgiving with each other because we recognize how hard we are all trying. During this first year in business, we have learned that failure and mistakes are inevitable, so we just roll with them as they happen. Our main goal is not to avoid mistakes, but rather to learn from them and resolve them as quickly as possible....

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