How Long Culture Change Takes
The speed of culture change depends on size, commitment, and resources. Many results are visible immediately.
The speed of culture change depends on:
- The size of the organization—With fewer people to involve, small companies change faster than big ones.
- The commitment of the top leaders to walk the talk. If leaders show that they are open to the ideas and suggestions of others, employees and managers will quickly join them.
- The resources available. Developing a work culture takes extra time. If the operational needs are too demanding, if there simply is no time to meet and discuss the culture, it may be best to move slowly or wait.
Cultures Change If Leaders Want Them to Change
Holding monthly "Culture Leadership Meetings" with the management team jump-starts the culture development process (see The Formal Culture Change Process). There managers discuss their relationships, the values they want to encourage, and the actions they will take to demonstrate these values. Through this process of discussion and action, managers learn about themselves and the culture. When they are ready, leaders can then involve lower levels in a similar process. My experience tells me that this step-by-step process is the fast and simple way to build a more powerful and productive workplace.
Results Begin Immediately
In 12-18 months, the new culture will be solidly in place.With active leadership, positive results will begin immediately. Even in the biggest organization, people at every level will soon be aware that the culture is changing for the better. In 12-18 months, the new culture will be solidly in place.
It is only human to want better relationships and a safer, more open and involving workplace. If the leadership moves in that direction people will eagerly follow. Once leaders learn how to go with the current of human desire, they may look back and wonder why they ever did things any other way.
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