The journey to organizational culture change starts with you, the leader.
Have the courage to take the road less traveled when you identify that change is necessary. Inspire personnel to solve problems while continuously improving processes. Learn from your failures, becoming more innovative and creative with each iteration. Know that life is full of adversity, but prepare to forge ahead and celebrate the successes along the way.
With a lot of determination, resilience, and persistence (Grit) while leading with empathy and compassion (Grace), you will accomplish goals you once thought were unattainable. In all that you do, remember to make things better.
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Book Review: P Reefer, Reedsy Discovery
Loved it! 😍
“It has always been this way” is a statement I hear a lot, but just because it has always been doesn’t mean it is what is right for today’s ever-changing business environment,” p.22. I found the similarity of attitudes in the business sector that impedes progress that is also operational in the public sector that also blocks progress quite striking. However, it is heartwarming to know from Walter’s evidence that the big stick approach to employee’s inertia is no solution but exacerbates it.
Leading with Grit and Grace; A journey of Organizational Culture Change by Ashleigh Walters transports the reader into a company’s engine room in disarray to a successful family managed business, Onex: an industrial furnace service business. Walter, the company’s manager, empowers readers lacking a business background to manage a company to understand how they can apply commonsense principles to produce employee collaboration and meaningful engagement that can lead to enormous positive changes and a thriving company regardless of the product.
Walters focuses not on cutting-edge technology, but commonsense principles often underestimated, which make a significant difference in a company’s growth and sustainability. Leading with Grit and Grace not only provides a step by step guide to strategy design and implementation that have proven successful but painstakingly explains why the strategy employed is essential and what makes it successful. Leading with Grit and Grace grips the reader with a mindset for leadership from start to finish; it is a well-edited text.
The easy to follow language use, short and compact sentence structures effectively convey Walters’ toolkit that delicately convinces the reader of Ashleigh’s conviction of successful work strategies that can be adopted in any other business model. Leading with Grit and Grace examines crisis management, servant leadership, succession planning, and the lessons from failures.
The full digestion of the many pearls of wisdom poured out from a pearl wearer will necessitate some rereading, pausing, reflection, and engraving in the mind and heart of management teams that wish to have empowered employees and a successful longstanding company.
Ashleigh Walters and her family relocated to the Rust Belt town of Erie, Pennsylvania, in an attempt to revive her husband’s family’s 54-year-old business. She used the problem-solving skills she obtained while earning her BS in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and was able to change the company culture by using a coach approach leadership style. Ashleigh regularly shares her story with fellow leaders and encourages them to “make things better” by continuously improving processes.