Changing a culture is a large-scale undertaking, and eventually all of the organizational tools for changing minds will need to be put in play. However the order in which they deployed has a critical impact on the likelihood of success.
In general, the most fruitful success strategy is to begin with leadership tools, including a vision or story of the future, cement the change in place with management tools, such as role definitions, measurement and control systems, and use the pure power tools of coercion and punishments as a last resort, when all else fails.
Frequent mistakes in trying to change culture include:
•Overuse of the power tools of coercion and underuse of leadership tools. •Beginning with a vision or story, but failing to put in place the management tools that will cement the behavioral changes in place. •Beginning with power tools even before a clear vision or story of the future is in place.
These lessons are evident in successive efforts to change organizations culture over a period of almost half a century.
What strategies have you used or seen used that have changed your schools culture