In order for an organisation to function at its optimum level, vigorous elements of internal communication as well as employee and communication satisfaction have to be exercised (Carrie`re & Bourque 2008:5). The combinations between all these activities make sure that employers and employees have an understanding of the true reign and vision of where the organisation is heading.
Dumisani Ntombela facilitated our final customer cafe for the year, which was also our final cafe on the theme of ‘Demystifying Culture’. The session offered an interesting and quite in-depth look at integrating two effective diagnosis and development tools, to enhance the understanding of organisational culture and how intervening in culture can occur within organisations.
As the global environment becomes more dynamic and competitive, so top management and leadership throughout the world have realised the need to adapt operational methods in order to thrive, this can be done through organisational culture, acculturation and leadership style (Daft, 2011; Kotter, 1990).
The WorldsView OD café is an event that forms one of the many ways the extended community stays informed and connected with each other. At the August café we looked at WorldsView’s position on culture where we proposed that the organisation becomes integrated to fulfil its purpose, that is, becomes effective in a healthy way, through acculturation. The organisation is seen as a Work that sets up a World, and acculturation is the way in which this happens. We prefer to focus on ‘acculturation’ as it the continuous, cyclical creation and modification of culture, rather than on culture as a snapshot in time.
I learned that OD was largely about helping organisations to function effectively through looking after the health of the system, the system being the interaction of individual through to the team and up to the organisation itself. I likened it to jugglers who spin multiple plates ensuring continuous alignment between the plates to achieve the spectacle. This dynamic interplay between the different plates (levels of the system) was precisely what the model of happiness I had been working on attempted to capture.