Everything You Need to Leverage Culture to Ensure Project Success
Your project's success or failure can hinge on the often-ignored force of culture. As a leader, take time to understand your organization's culture and use this insight to ensure your initiatives are successful.
Here's how you can do it:
⚪️ Embrace the impact of culture and keep track of its evolution.
⚪️ Align your project, strategy, and culture for maximum impact.
⚪️ Involve key stakeholders at every level.
⚪️ Communication is key.
⚪️ Continuously measure change readiness and act accordingly.
⚪️ Lead by example.
⚪️ Be patient, consistent, and persistent.
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Embrace the impact of culture and keep track of its evolution.
- Uncover the characteristics that drive your organization, including beliefs, norms, symbols, traditions, role models, and more.
- Consider the role culture played in both successful and failed projects.
- Identify the cultural elements that will significantly impact your project and decide what your project can accommodate and what might need to change. Be realistic about the time and effort to change the culture.
Align your project, strategy, and culture for maximum impact.
- Your project's goals, organizational strategy, and cultural values must sync.
- Determine what elements can bend and what must remain unchanged for the project's success.
Involve key stakeholders at every level.
- Work with frontline staff, middle managers, leaders, and sponsors from the beginning of the project.
- Make sure you continue to engage them through go-live; this significantly impacts their acceptance change.
Communication is key.
- Make sure stakeholders hear about your initiative seven to ten times through various channels.
- Rely on team leaders for frontline employee buy-in and involve middle managers to refine messaging and reinforce the benefits.
Continuously measure change readiness and act accordingly.
- Keep a close eye on all stakeholders' reactions to change.
- Address any resistance promptly to keep your project moving forward.
Lead by example.
- Encourage sponsors and leaders to show commitment and model the desired behaviors.
- Develop a plan for addressing leaders who don't support the project.
Be patient, consistent, and persistent.
- A cultural shift takes time, especially if it involves the mindset and ways of working for people across the organization.
- Share success stories and examples of overcoming failures to reinforce the change.
👉🏼 TAKEAWAY: Ignoring culture will lead to failure. Take time to understand, measure, and align so you can use culture to your advantage and achieve project success.
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Take time to understand culture + use the insight to ensure success:
✔️ Embrace the impact of culture and keep track of its evolution.
✔️ Align your project, strategy, and culture for maximum impact.
✔️ Involve key stakeholders at every level.
✔️ Communication is key.
✔️ Continuously measure change readiness and act accordingly.
✔️ Lead by example.
✔️ Be patient, consistent, and persistent.
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