Soundview Executive Book Summaries

Is Your Culture the Culprit?

If you had an opportunity to join Soundview Executive Book Summaries for yesterday’s Soundview Live Webinar featuring Roger Connors, you were treated to one of the more honest, informative sessions we’ve had on the program. Connors discussed ideas that feature in his latest best-seller (co-authored with Tom Smith) Change the Culture, Change the Game: The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results. The level of audience participation was impressive, even by Soundview Live standards.

I had the opportunity to take a peek at the question queue, and it revealed some interesting trends. There were three questions that (in one wording or another) were asked more than any other. I thought I would share them with you because, just as Connors demonstrated with the polling questions during the course of the Soundview Live event, they provide insights about companies that you  might not get if you asked someone verbally.

The top item on many audience members’ list of issues is what to do when one member of a team is resistant to a culture change effort. The terms “Mr. Negative” and “naysayer” were thrown out in more than one instance when referring to this person. It seems as though many companies experience the stumbling block of getting complete buy-in on the part of an entire team.

The second major issue that cropped up tells us a lot about the state of the modern workplace. Several people asked about creating culture change when the organization is spread across several continents or, in an ever-increasing number of cases, where teams do more of their collaborative work in a virtual realm.

The final question that was repeatedly asked seemed the most natural: what’s the first step to creating culture change?

If you missed yesterday’s event and want to find out Roger Connors’ answers to each of these questions, visit An archived edition of Soundview Live featuring Roger Connors is now available!


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