Culture Change Made Easy Book: Everyone Has the Power to Shape Culture

May 7, 2024
May 7, 2024 Jamie Notter

[This post talks about some of the concepts in Chapter 1 of Culture Change Made Easy.] A common misconception about culture change is that it’s a top-down directive, something decreed by senior leadership and trickled down through the ranks. While leadership’s buy-in is crucial, the truth disrupts this top-down narrative: Everyone has the power to shape culture.

Culture change thrives on participation at all levels. It’s systemic, requiring contributions from every department, team, and individual. This democratization of cultural change is empowering—it means that no matter your role, you can be an agent of change within your organization. It starts with recognizing the Culture Patterns at play and understanding how your actions, decisions, and interactions contribute to or detract from the desired culture.

In practice, this could mean initiating changes within your team that valuably impact the broader organization. It could involve adopting new technologies that streamline processes and foster better communication. Or it might be as simple as altering your meeting formats to encourage more collaboration and transparency.

Moreover, this approach underscores the importance of culture stewardship—taking collective responsibility for the culture’s health and direction. It’s about sustaining change through rituals, practices, and shared visions that solidify the new culture’s foundations.

This is one of the key messages in our book: The power to change culture doesn’t rest with a select few. It’s dispersed throughout the organization, waiting to be activated. And once it is, your organization has the opportunity to reach its full potential.

Jamie Notter

Jamie is a co-founder and culture strategist at PROPEL, where he helps leaders create amazing workplace cultures that drive greater performance and impact. He brings thirty years of experience to his work designing and managing culture, and has specialized along the way in areas like conflict resolution and generations. Jamie is the co-author of four popular business books, including the award-winning Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement, and his fall 2023 release, Culture Change Made Easy. He holds a Master’s in conflict resolution from George Mason and a certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown, where he serves as adjunct faculty.