Only through a commitment from leadership at the top, carrying down into the workforce, can real behavioral change sustain itself in any organization.
A small percentage of corporations, companies and organizations of all types are finally facing the reality that talk must become action, and real behavioral change had better happen sooner rather than later, in order to survive or to just remain competitive. The workforce, facilitated by effective leadership must become perceptive, flexible, and collaborative - 'ahead of the game' regarding impending change (for all industries). More and more, organizational leadership teams (and not just some short-lived consultant effort) need to understand concepts such as OD, Change Management, Culture, and without a doubt, LEADERSHIP!
Organizations will have to commit resources to develop a different definition of 'what leadership means', and identify the kind of culture that is desired…and then lay out plans to get there. Visioning regarding the ‘People System’ is rarely done – and that’s our Most Valuable Resource supposedly!
We (the leadership) must finally understand and become true critical-thinkers regarding just how to make 'people our most valuable resource.' It takes a big picture long-term strategy to address all of the ‘people’ factors like teamwork, leadership, culture, climate, productivity, etc… It takes a discontinuation of 'programs-of-the-month, fads or jumping on the bandwagon of the latest Quality initiative. It is not just about a disciplined and accountable workforce; led, encouraged and facilitated to think, problem-solve and implement new innovative ideas and solutions - to not just match, but overwhelm the competition out there.
This is stuff that has been talked (and books have been written) about for many years, and then forgotten or disbanded when it comes to making it happen! There is no mistake about it, the winners of tomorrow are those organizations that see this coming, are willing to personally change and subsequently commit to educating and addressing individual / organizational behavior. This is clearly not about a couple of rah-rah meetings, a speech or any other short-lived initiative! This is a never-ending process of work to finally become practitioners of Continuous Improvement, Lean business and Leading Teams of people….in order to 'stop talking and begin walking', …and become the best of the best in our worlds!