S. CHRIS EDMONDS is the founder and CEO of The Purposeful Culture Group, an organizational culture consulting firm. Since 1995, he has also served as a senior consultant with the Ken Blanchard Companies. Over the course of his career, Chris has delivered over 100 keynote speeches, authored or coauthored 6 books, and consulted for clients in almost every industry. He is an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego’s School of Business.
The Culture Engine: A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming Your Workplaceby S. Chris Edmonds
The Culture Engine shows leaders how to create a high performing, values aligned culture through the creation of an organizational constitution. With practical step-by-step guidance, readers learn how to define their organization's culture, delineate the behaviors that/i>/b>
An organizational "North Star," codifying valued behaviors for optimal performance
The Culture Engine shows leaders how to create a high performing, values aligned culture through the creation of an organizational constitution. With practical step-by-step guidance, readers learn how to define their organization's culture, delineate the behaviors that contribute to greater performance and greater engagement, and draft a document that codifies those behaviors into a constitution that guides behavior towards an ideal: a safe, inspiring workplace. The discussion focuses on people, including who should be involved at the outset and how to engage employees from start to finish, while examples of effective constitutions provide guidance toward drafting a document that can actualize an organization's potential.
Culture drives everything that happens in an organization day to day, including focus, priorities, and the treatment of employees and customers. A great culture drives great performance, and can help attract and retain great talent. But a great culture isn't something that evolves naturally. The Culture Engine is a guide to strategically planning a culture by compiling the company's guiding principles and behaviors into an organizational constitution.
- Decide which behaviors and attitudes are desired in the organization
- Secure leader commitment to planning, drafting, and implementing the document
- Learn the most effective way to socialize the draft statement and get everyone on board
- Model desired behaviors to boost employee engagement throughout the process
Organizational culture is not an amorphous thing – it comes down from the top, inspired and exemplified by the leadership. It can steer a company up or down, keep it on mission or force it off-course. For an organization to fulfill its potential, the culture must be on-point, truly reflecting the heart of the company from leaders to team members across the company. The Culture Engine helps leaders define the playing field, pushing performance to the next level.
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The Culture Engine by S. Chris Edmonds What attracts you to a book? What is it that tells you ‘This is my next book”? Is it the cover’ or what you read on the book jacket; or maybe it’s the publisher’s review. Every book I pick up seems to have a different magnet. This book, The Culture Engine: A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming Your Workplace, had two attractions. The first was in the foreword written by Ken Blanchard where he says there are two aspects of effective servant leadership: the strategic leadership aspect and the servant aspect - the operational/implementation. In the pages of this book you will find the key to developing an Organizational Constitution that outlines your team’s or company’s purpose, values, strategies,, and goals. With that introduction I was tempted to read the book, but what really sold me on it was when I flipped to the last part of the book and found a chapter titled ‘Don't Leave Your Organizational Culture to Chance’. What Ken Blanchard said in the forward, Chris used to sum up his book. The intent of the book is to educate and inspire leaders to be intentional about purpose, values, behaviors, strategies and goals. Throughout the book Chris Edmonds kept his promise to provide a framework for designing a workplace with an inspiring, values based culture. The overall theme conveyed through these pages is the design, development, implementation of an Organizational Constitution, and further aligning your organization to it. One of the unique differences of this book is the guidance provided through the delivery of learning materials almost in a workshop format. Interlaced with each subject matter in the book are thinking questions, topical bullet points, and in some cases, step-by-step guidelines for a particular exercise, with each chapter enhanced by a culture effectiveness assessment to accompany each specific stage of progress. These assessments allow leaders and team members to gauge where they are on the aspects of building your organization's culture on a principle based foundation.