I am once again considering the question, “how do we create a culture of innovation?” Many people recognize that this may be the difference between an organization’s success or failure, but it remains elusive for many. To stimulate thinking on the question, I have been reading some outstanding organization change books, including:
- Transforming Your Leadership Culture by McGuire and Rhodes
- Deep Change by Quinn
- Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture by Cameron and Quinn
- Cultures and Organizations by Hofstede and Hofstede
- Influencer by Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMillan, and Switzler
They all have very important things to say about changing the culture of an organization. For those of us wishing to create a culture of innovation in our organization, it is useful to step back and consider what it means to change culture itself.
The book I am currently returning to is the Influencer — it contains an easy to understand methodology for changing behavior that has had profound impact.
If you’re looking for a way to do much more with less, read Influencer and learn how to make a difference yourself. The companion website is: http://www.vitalsmarts.com. Culture changes one person at a time, and it can start with you.