Changing organizational climate

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Changing Organizational Climate: A Six Pack of Leadership Practices
By: Frank Petrock, Ph.D.

What the research shows and what you probably already knew is that when positive organizationalclimates are in place, they create healthy, satisfying work environments that sustain high levels of motivation and performance. 18 Management/Leadership Practices: Sooner or later, in the course of ourchange management consultation, it always becomes apparent that producing a high performance, satisfying and healthy work climate depends heavily on how managers go about leading others. We recently cameacross a list of leadership practices** showing that positive organizational climates are related to the 18 leadership/management practices listed below. 1. Establish clear, specific performancegoals. 2. Clarify who is responsible for what in the group. 3. Ensure that tasks/projects are thoroughly explained and under stood when assigned. 4. Set challenging performance goals and standards. 5.Demonstrate personal commitment to achieving performance goals. 6. Give subordinates feedback on how they are doing on the job. 7. Encourage people to initiate tasks or projects they think are important.8. Expect people to find and correct their own errors. 9. Encourage innovation, experimentation and calculated risk taking. 10. Recognize people for good performance more often than being critical ofpoor performance. 11. Use recognition and praise to reinforce people for excellent performance. 12. Relate compensation, recognition and promotion to the excellence of job performance rather than tofactors such as seniority, personal characteristics and personal relationships. 13. Being supportive and helpful to subordinates in their day-to-day activities. 14. Go to bat for subordinates withsupervisors when subordinates are right. 15. Conduct team meetings in a way that builds mutual trust. 16. Communicate excitement and enthusiasm about the work. 17. Involve people in goal setting. 18....
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