Come out! Come out where ever you are…………..

By The Open Spaces Learning Team: Leslie Bennett, Heather Shapter, & Elizabeth Dove

We are looking for bright lights in the Corporate Social Responsibility field that want others to benefit from what they have learned on their journey.

Do you work in a company or on a team within a corporation that :

  • Values CSR and actively participates in CSR initiatives.
  • Has senior level support around ensuring CSR goals aren’t just an add on activity but integrated into day to day business
  • Has a noteworthy level of employee CSR engagement.
  • Talks about shared values when making decisions together in meetings.
  • Wants others to learn about what you are doing.

 Why do we want you to come out and play?

We are researching successful CSR initiatives to test our  hypothesis that the most successful CSR initiatives are supported by cultures that are aligned in values and purpose. Further, companies that make decisions from values and purpose outperform their competition.

If you see yourself or your team as a bright light in  the Corporate Social Responsibility field that wants others to benefit from what you have learned, email us at lb@openspaceslearning.com

 Top 5 Ways to Out Perform Your Competition

The following are five things you can do immediately to introduce Corporate Cultural

 Alignment in to your organization right now. Corporate Cultural Alignment = Out Performing Your Competition.

 The best way to advance Corporate Cultural Alignment in your organization is to prove that it works, even on smaller “pilot” groups.

1.      Identify the cultural stage of those naturally forming groups.

Assess the stage of your internal groups. There are a number of ways to approach this:

a.      Use an on line resource that provides anonymity http://www.triballeadership.net/culture-meter

2.      Have people identify their individual core values. Have people ask others, what is important to them.

 3.      Say “yes” to things that fit with your values and your areas of responsibility.

What does your team value? What are they committed to? Choose initiatives that are an expression of those values and commitments to ignite your productivity and satisfaction.

 4.      Collaborate with at least two other people who are working on similar things.

Dyad (two person) meetings to Triad (three person) meetings.

Going from one-on-one meetings to meetings with at least two other people increases innovation and productivity by 30%.  A great place to start with this is to convert your one-on-one direct report meetings to meetings which bring together two or three direct reports who can benefit from sharing best practices. This will elevate your performance and theirs.

5.      Be inspired.

There are many ways to begin this conversation. One of the easiest is to have the organization begin by using a common body of knowledge. Our recommendation is to start with Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk on How Great Leaders Inspire Action. Mr. Sinek reveals what he has coined the Golden Circle. He demonstrates that understanding why you do what you do supports the change required in moving towards corporate cultural alignment.

http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html

If you see yourself or your team as a bright light in  the Corporate Social Responsibility field that wants others to benefit from what you have learned, email us at lb@openspaceslearning.com