A Culture Safari is an opportunity to engage organizational members in observing their own experience, reflecting on it and considering the way that beliefs, behaviors and practices are operating in the work environment. Just like when we go on a safari, our observation becomes acute. We watch, we reflect and we consider the way the environment is operating and what needs to be different to achieve future success.
The CULTURE-STRATEGY FIT® Culture Safari photographic method can be used in workshops, focus groups and leadership sessions. It is a fast-paced approach for engaging leaders and organization members in sharing perspectives and experiences of the current culture and the way it operates and, as well, the future culture needed to deliver strategy and goals. See PDF Culture Safari Workshop.
The Culture Safari Leader’s Guide will provide you with the information needed to facilitate this as a Current Culture or a Future Culture Workshop.
|The Culture Safari||
Imagine an activity where participants go on a photographic safari of their workplace searching for images that, in their view, best capture their organization’s current culture or the culture the organization needs to achieve its goals.
They bring these images to a workshop where they are merged with the photographs of the other participants to create a culture collage. The culture collage is used to explore similarities and differences in members’ experiences and perspectives.
The end result is a visual and written representation of an organization or group’s current culture that can be used as a means to explore its strengths and the way it operates as well as the desired culture.
It can be used to introduce key concepts such as the levels of culture, the role of subcultures, the relationship between culture and performance and the difference between national and organizational culture.
– Group size: 5+
|When to Use the Culture Safari||
– When it is important to describe the perspectives and experiences of the current culture and/or gain readiness for culture change – Use it to identify the strengths in the current culture and the way culture operates to support and/or impede strategy and goals. Gaps and areas of vulnerability are raised.
– When it is important to identify the effect that the current culture has on the organization’s ability to execute strategy and achieve its goals –A current and future culture collage can be used to identify the strengths in the current culture that need to be protected and can be leveraged.
– When it’s important to be aware of sub-culture differences such as national, functional, professional, or generational differences.
– As part of a leadership development initiative that has identified the importance of helping leaders know more about how they are, and can more intentionally influence culture – A powerful precursor to receiving culture survey or 360° feedback.
-As part of integration activities for a merger or acquisition – Revealsimilarities and differences in culture important to recognize when planning for integration.
– In the definition phase of a business transformation initiative or large-scale project – Identify the ways that the initiative or project is aligned and/or in conflict with the current culture.
– When a safe way of talking about group norms of behavior is needed –Provide a language and process that helps groups address problems with team effectiveness or cross-team and inter-disciplinary collaboration.