Earth Summit 2002   Culture Change

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The Implementation Conference aims to contribute to changes in culture which we believe are essential to sustainable development.

The overall vision is to plant new seeds for a cultural change - from words to action, from static to dynamic, from competition to collaboration: Stakeholders collaborating - spinning into action - towards new horizons.

The following are some initial thoughts on what these cultural changes should be:

Input Behaviour or Approach 

From

To

Communicating Positions

Creating Possibilities

Negotiation over blockages

Facilitation through challenges

Content before Process

Process before Content

Emphasis on Formality

Emphasis on Informality - within agreed process

Lead by Rules

Lead by Example

Detail Focus - forgetting the overall goal & purpose

Big Picture Focus - providing the background for specific tasks

Fighting Each Other

Seeking Solutions Together

Organisations changing individuals

Individuals changing organisations

Reactive way of working

Pro-active way of working

Output or Outcome Change in Culture

From

To

Creativity is Stifled

Creativity is encouraged

Safe but dull

Risky but fun

Constricted

Liberated

Debilitating

Energising

Hierarchy

Initiative

Confrontation

Collaboration

Slow

Fast

Fragmented

Integrated

Transactional Clutter

Strategic Clarity

Defensive

Accommodating

Deadlock

Movement

Words

Action

Competition

Collaboration

Argument

Consensus

 

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