OSG Quarterly

Kiersten Rippeteau | Consultant | Palmer OSG

Organizational change practices focus a lot on the individual and on the global organization. Teams, however, are powerful forces that live somewhere in between--and often just out of sight of change leaders. During change initiatives, a focus on impacted teams leads to higher change success rates by increasing engagement and decreasing anxiety and resistance.

Like individuals, teams become hardwired to survive. When threatened, a team will go the extra mile to stay intact. Without sufficient information or voice in the change process, a team will likely go into survival mode and exist as an unaddressed source of resistance.

So how do you avoid team survival mode and engage and leverage teams for successful change?

When a team is trying to stay intact, it will protect what we call its context. According to Leigh Thompson (2...

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Kiersten Rippeteau | Consultant | Palmer OSG

Recent research tells us that purpose-driven organizations are among the most successful today—and that they are likely the only sustainable organizations of the future. Purpose-driven organizations (PDOs) are those that exist to serve a purpose beyond profit, beyond the shareholder. Purpose in this context serves something greater; a shared, meaningful goal among leadership and employees. A goal that everyone in the organization is aware of, cares about, and is willing to work for.

All sounds well and good, but perhaps a little pie-in-the-sky, right? Here are some numbers that bring organizational purpose back down to earth:

+ Purpose-driven companies outperformed companies that ...

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