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Old 08-14-2007, 08:00 AM
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The organization I work for has decided it wants to introduce a new culture (I haven't yet heard exactly how this is going to happen) and have employed a company of consultants to do this. Does anyone out there have any experiences of having someone come along and try to change / improve the culture of your organization? I'd be interested in this whole idea!
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Old 09-15-2007, 09:29 PM
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Julie, I'm sorry to say that our hospital has hired Consulting forms which is just a different way of saying Organizational Culture to evaluate our hospital. Each and ever time it was a disaster. We went from having to write down on a piece of paper each time we did things, to making tally marks everytime I did something.

The last time a member of the Consulting firm was placed in ER. I went up to him, introduced myself and asked what he wanted to learn from being here. He told me he wanted to know what I did. I simply told him, if you REALLY want to know, I suggest you take off those nice looking dress shoes, put on a pair of Reebok's, attach yourself to my hip and move when I move and only sit when I sit. It should take you only about my 12 hour shift to find out what I do. He didn't take my challenge.

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Old 09-16-2007, 10:37 AM
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Julie, I'm sorry to say that our hospital has hired Consulting forms which is just a different way of saying Organizational Culture to evaluate our hospital. Each and ever time it was a disaster. We went from having to write down on a piece of paper each time we did things, to making tally marks everytime I did something.

The last time a member of the Consulting firm was placed in ER. I went up to him, introduced myself and asked what he wanted to learn from being here. He told me he wanted to know what I did. I simply told him, if you REALLY want to know, I suggest you take off those nice looking dress shoes, put on a pair of Reebok's, attach yourself to my hip and move when I move and only sit when I sit. It should take you only about my 12 hour shift to find out what I do. He didn't take my challenge.

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This is a CLASSIC response and I intend to steal it the next time someone in a suit asks me what I do!

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Old 09-17-2007, 03:59 AM
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I think that is my main concern. These people have been going around to meet with managers and attend staff meetings. People are cynical (not surprisingly) that this is really the right way to go about doing whatever it is they think they want to do. The only way to know what goes on is to experience it yourself. The fact that the man in the suit didn't take you up on your offer My Own Woman, speaks volumes!
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:09 AM
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You have to wonder if that is the best way to go about things. If you approach it by saying that you are going to change the old culture, you are no doubt going to annoy many people who consider themselves a part of that culture.

The whole thing sounds rather ominous to me and could likely be a precursor to firings.
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To MyOwnWoman:

That's a classic response. I love it! I hope I have a chance to use it someday.
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