For this episode, we were joined by Ashli Komaryk who is a Communications and Organizational Leadership Trainer at Komaryk Communications. She grew up in Canada, then completed her education in Italy where she lived for 14 years. She then returned to Canada to work as the director of the Italian Cultural Center in Vancouver.
In this episode of our Strategy & Leadership Podcast, we spoke with Catherine Rigod Halprin, the Vice President, Head of Strategy Geometry Global.
She directs the business and creative outcomes for clients, steering their brand or products in the direction of their goals. She then works together with her team members to help the organizations put their plans in place.
In this conversation, Catherine chatted with us about:
The more we facilitate strategic planning meetings, the more we recognize the challenges that you face as a leader who is wanting to create change and a develop a new future for your organization. You may understand the importance of strategic planning (or our custom Aligned Strategy Development), but does the rest of your leadership team?
In this episode of our Strategy & Leadership Podcast, we spoke with Wesley Middleton, managing partner of MRZ, a certified public accounting firm in Houston, Texas. MRZ is a top 300 firm in the USA, and a top 25 firm in Houston. As a managing partner, Wesley has helped form an organization that is focused on growth and committed to culture – he even wrote a book about it: Violent Leadership: Be a Force for Change: Disrupt, Innovate.
One of the building blocks of a successful organization is a unified culture and set of behaviours.
Every organization, big or small, has behaviours and expectations that are set out by employees and team members. Typically those behaviours are demonstrated by the leadership team first and then modelled by the rest of the team (whether desirable or not).
Below is an example of how social learning can happen in a negative context:
In this episode, we were joined by Vivian Smith who is the Executive Director for the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation. Vivian has worked with the not-for-profit sector for the past 30 years and has held roles such as the Director of Development, Chief Fundraising Officer, and as a consultant, working with small grassroots organizations as well as major universities within BC. Most recently, she joined the team at the Langley Memorial Hospital, and currently volunteers on the Board of Directors for the Langley Chamber of Commerce as well as the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Organizational culture is the system of shared assumptions, values, and beliefs from your team.
As a leader you shape the culture in your organization from your words and your actions. The culture is also shaped by your employees and the environment that everyone creates on a day to day basis.
I was recently at someone's house and saw a great example of how they are using culture to teach their kids. (More on that later..)
At SME Strategy, we explain organizational culture as: "the way we do things around here".
How would you describe the way you do things at your organization?
What are the ways of being and acting that your team exemplifies everyday?
That's your organizational culture.