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Cultural Transformation

Much of what shapes organizational cultures is inherited from the past. It’s unobserved by us; it's something we have, but we often don’t know where it came from or why.

As leaders, we want a culture that we create, rather than one we inherit. To transform a culture, we need to understand where it came from, and how things got to be the way they are. Often, there are fundamental assumptions, and unconscious paradigms that prevent us from creating what we want. Unexamined or unquestioned paradigms become "the way we do things around here" and thus, become the barriers to change. These assumptions operate in the background and define the collective view. Consequently, the view prescribes a certain range of thinking, and a certain field of possibilities.