Objective: To reflect on the culture and climate of an organization and what can easily be changed and what cannot easily be changed.
Instruction: Have the learners read and then complete the reflection activity below. Then divide the learners into small groups. Have them discuss what can easily be changed within their organization, and what would take a full commitment of the organization to change.
What things can you easily change within an organization?
Changing the culture of
an organization takes the full commitment of every leader within the
organization. You cannot just tell people, "From now on its going
to be done this way."
On the other hand, climate
is a feeling by the employees on how they perceive that something
should be done at the minute. These feelings can normally be changed
within perhaps a few hours, days or weeks. The workers get these feelings
from their both leaders and peers, formally and informally. Feelings
are transmitted to them by how their leaders act and model, and what
they praise and ignore.
Reflections on the Organization
Listed below are some of the things almost every organization does. Next to it are the words "climate" (feel of the organization) and "culture" (the way we do things). Think about your organization and circle the word that you believe best describes it.
a. Leadership style
of upper management