Creating Constructive Cultures – Leading People and Organizations to Effectively Solve Problems and Achieve Goals

Creating Constructive Cultures
414 Pages
Human Synergistics International
ISBN 978-0578544052

If attracting and retaining talent, encouraging innovation, expediting strategy implementation, and bolstering expansion and growth are at the top of your organization’s agenda, then you need to read Creating Constructive Cultures.

Venture into the culture change journeys of organizations—big and small, global and local, public and private, in various industries and countries—to discover what works and what doesn’t. You will learn the secrets of how leadership teams around the world have successfully shifted their workplace cultures in a more productive direction using a proven methodology.

In Creating Constructive Cultures, you’ll get answers to critical questions, such as:

What is the ideal culture for your organization?

What do toxic cultures look like—and what are the forces that enable them?

What is the biggest obstacle to change that most leaders miss?

What are the ways in which leaders purposefully and unknowingly impact culture? (There are probably a lot more than you realize!)

How can you and other leaders recognize—and overcome—the negative impact of culture on your own thinking and behavior to create desired changes and achieve goals?

Dr. Janet Szumal

About Dr. Janet Szumal (Chicago, Illinois Author)

Dr. Janet Szumal

Dr. Janet Szumal is a senior research associate at Human Synergistics, Inc. She received her PhD in Human Resource Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Assessments and simulations developed by Dr. Szumal include Management/Impact®, Organizational Change Challenge™, Project Management Challenge™, Performance Management Challenge™, and Culture Change Situation™. She has written numerous facilitator manuals and development guides—including the Organizational Culture Inventory® Interpretation and Development Guide—that are used in leadership, team, and organizational development initiatives around the globe.

Dr. Szumal’s research on the reliability and validity of Human Synergistics’ assessments and her insights about organizational culture, leadership, and group problem-solving have appeared in The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Psychological Reports, Training Magazine, Talent Management, and The Handbook of Organizational Culture and Climate.

Robert A. Cooke

About Robert A. Cooke (Co-Author)

Robert A. Cooke

Robert A. Cooke is CEO and Director of Human Synergistics International and Associate Professor Emeritus of Management at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Cooke was previously an Associate Research Scientist at the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center (Institute for Social Research) and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, where he was a National Defense (Title IV) and Commonwealth Edison Fellow.

Dr. Cooke specializes in the development and validation of surveys used for individual, group, and organization development. His surveys include the Organizational Culture Inventory®, Organizational Effectiveness Inventory®, Leadership/Impact®, and Group Styles Inventory™. These instruments have been translated into numerous languages and used throughout the world by consultants and trainers for organizational development and research purposes.

Cooke’s research has been selected for the Douglas McGregor Memorial Award and his outstanding teaching has been recognized by the UIC MBA Association.