Culture Catalyst Blog & Articles

Culture is a way of life, not a project

Posted by Kristin Baird We help organizations maneuver culture change. And the difference between the ones who succeed and those who struggle comes down to a couple of significant factors. For one thing, the most successful organizations realize that culture change ...

Where are you going?

Posted by Kristin Baird This question must be answered when leading an organization through culture change. Yet, many leaders don’t take the time to clearly articulate the vision for the culture of the future. This results in wasted time and energy, ...

Training Alone Won’t Fix a Dysfunctional Culture

Posted by Kristin Baird It’s not uncommon for us to get requests to do organization-wide training to fix service issues. It would be easy for us to march in and do the requested training and head home. We wouldn’t do anyone ...

Culture Change Today at 2:00

Posted by Kristin Baird If only a culture change could be set as an appointment on a calendar. You can plan out what the culture will be and announce when it would take place. Done. In truth, culture changes take time. Cultures ...

Service Heroes are Often Quiet

I love hearing and sharing stories of service heroes. These stories are heart-warming and inspirational, but all too often go untold. That’s because most truly service-minded people take action based on their values, not to get applause. They quietly go ...

That’s just Jenny – and other culture-killing excuses

Posted by Kristin Baird I see it all the time -The beautifully framed statements of “commitment to service” hanging within arm’s reach of the organization’s biggest standards contradictions. It happened just two weeks ago when I was visiting a healthcare organization that ...

Are your values a plaque on the wall, or a way of life?

Posted by Kristin Baird In all the years that I have been consulting on culture and patient experience, I’ve only come across two organizations that didn’t have stated values. In both cases, the CEOs felt they were “fluff”. No wonder they ...

Baggage Weighs Down Culture

Posted by Kristin Baird Everyone has some baggage. For some, it’s as small as a sandwich bag, but for others, baggage is as weighty as a full moving van. What we choose to carry is fully up to us. When it ...

What’s The Story?

Posted by Kristin Baird Culture is created and sustained by the stories told by its people. When you think about your organization, what stories are being shared? How are you seeking stories?  What channels are you using to share stories that advance ...

How to Become a Soul-crushing Micromanager

Posted by Kristin Baird I’m pretty sure no one sets out to be a soul-crushing manager. In fact, most of us start with really good intentions. So with all these great intentions, how do we get there? By being a micromanager.  ...