Review on amazon.com:
"As a student of Organizational Behavior and Industrial Psychology and as a business professional for over 30 years, I found this book to be at the 'cutting edge' of what it takes to empower a successful organization in today's uncertain climate.
This book offers practical ideas on how to evaluate your organization and the people in it and then offers 'prescriptions' for how to re-set your sails for success.
It will challenge the reader to dismiss the 'That's the way we always did it' attitude and seek pro-active approaches toward goal achievement with a 'team' spirit. Jack Pachuta's book should be mandatory reading in business schools. The author also offers real life examples from his extensive career with numerous organizations. This is one of those books that will be on my office bookshelf where I can reference and re-read it. "
Companies and organizations in today's world operate in an environment where opportunities are tempered by world events and uncertain futures. They now deal with a new set of challenges and a need for accelerated change. Progressive organizations with vibrant cultures will survive. The others will not.
Compiling observations of organizational culture made over three decades as a trainer and consultant, the author provides a unique look at how companies prosper or fail. The book delineates a system for looking at an organization based upon the attitudes of top management, the roles played by its members, and the operating philosophy that permeates all levels.
The author makes the case that all organizations have a great deal of similarity in the ways in which they function, but within those similarities are the variations which make cultures unique. By quantifying the similarities and the differences, the book puts culture into perspective and enables a quick diagnosis, leading to prescriptions that remedy potential problems.
Anecdotal stories used in this book really happened, providing a view of the American corporate world through the eyes of the author. This insider's look makes the reader privy to the thought processes that lead to conclusions about what is essential to an organization - especially in uncertain times.
When these conclusions are ordered and analyzed, they provide a starting point for understanding and initiating potential reform. Frequently, they also predict an impending organizational death as viability can be questioned and scrutinized in light of an organization's workings.
Although this book focuses on American companies, the concepts and conclusions apply to any institutions anywhere in the world in which people attempt to work together to achieve common goals and objectives.
Designed by Jack Pachuta, the instrument is based upon the ranking of 19 statements that give a perspective of how a culture functions, and can be completed and scored in 10 to 12 minutes.
With a practical, easy-to-use instrument, your staff members will acquire a new perspective on how your organization functions. The kit is a system for recording the attitudes and beliefs that people exhibit within an organization.
The kit is a system for recording the attitudes and beliefs that people exhibit within an organization. It is designed to be incorporated into a larger program about organizational culture, change management or team building.
What it does:
* It is a vehicle to start the process of organizational evaluation and improvement.
* It can enable a facilitator to make comparisons among various departments and functions.
What it does NOT do:
* It does not attempt to over-complicate the evaluation process or delineate everything about culture.
* It does not give an "instantaneous" plan for improvement. It must be used in a collaborative environment in which results are interpreted.
The analysis defines an organization in terms of three cultures:
* CONTROL - This culture is based on power and position. Dominant personalities are rewarded, promoted.
* COMMUNICATIONS - This culture downplays job titles and job descriptions in favor of open communications.
* CONTENTMENT - Managers and executives in this culture are totally agreeable to operating in the same way they have always operated. Very few new ideas are implemented.
The Cultural Analysis is laid out in a four-page format that can be easily reproduced. Plus, four pages of Facilitator Instructions are included, as well as three Workbook pages that can be handed out to participants or included in a larger document.
The kit also provides instructions for designing an interactive program leading to an action plan. It is the perfect lead-in to a more-extensive planning session for organization improvement and renewal.
Purchase includes unlimited use rights for one year.