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16 quotes on Positive Culture

  • 26 June 2018
  • Posted by Marcella Bremer

I'd like to share these 16 quotes from my Positive Culture book as a mini-course! The occasion is that my publisher offers the Kindle version of my Positive Culture book at only 99 cents from 26-28 June! Benefit from these 3 magic days and download your copy today. Don’t have a Kindle? Don’t worry: with the free Kindle app, you can read any book on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. Get it from Amazon at

16 Quotes from the Positive Culture Book

Here are my favorite 16 quotes on Positive Culture. Which one is your favorite and why…? Please let me know in the comments!

1. Meetings are hotspots of the culture. An intervention in the meeting interactions influences the culture!

2. Positive agents embody the change they want to see on the team.

3. Asking is engaging. What you ask about is what people learn about. What would you like your co-workers to learn?

4. What you ignore, you tolerate. What you tolerate becomes normal. What is normal gets copied by everyone else.

5. Whenever you put co-workers together in a room, the interactions represent the current culture.

6. Change can start anywhere and evolve in emergent and non-linear ways: new behaviors can spread through a social system.

7. “Positive” is not reserved for formal leaders. Regardless of your position, you can apply it without needing permission or resources.

8. Positive deviance is going beyond the default baseline to extraordinary and stretching what seemed possible -and surprising yourself.

9. A positive culture will “broaden and build” your organization because it makes people more creative, resilient, and innovative.

10. Culture change is not possible without personal change.

11. Culture is a group phenomenon emerging from countless interactions, actions, and reactions. It is created together by leaders and followers.

12. Culture happens when people get together. It entails the shared worldview, values, beliefs, norms, and behaviors of a group. It’s our collective comfort zone.

13. To develop a positive culture, you must learn to see possibility instead of only what is present.

14. We cannot make other people change. We can only work with who’s willing and trust that they will influence the others.

15. Development in complex systems like organizations requires real-time learning and the collective intelligence.

16. What happens once is an incident. What happens twice is remarkable. What happens repeatedly is the normal interaction pattern of the culture.

Wonder why you’d spend a dollar on my Positive Culture Book? Here's what others say:

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Andi Simon, Ph.D. interviewed me for her podcast series.Listen here. Dr. Kimberley Barker made a video review, for you towatch here.

Read some of the reviews

Marcella does an excellent job of explaining the key elements of organizational culture and how to make it more positive. She has produced among the most comprehensive and useful descriptions of approaches to culture diagnosis and change that have been published. An important strength of this book is its breadth in referencing and clearly explaining a wide variety of approaches to influencing culture and implementing positive practices. From neuroscience to social movements, from interpersonal response types to meeting agendas, from liberating structures to types of positive questions: this diversity serves to provide leaders, consultants, and change agents with multiple alternatives for influencing a positive organizational culture. Kim Cameron, William Russell Professor of Management & Organizations, Ross School of Business and Professor of Higher Education, School of Education, University of Michigan

There is lots of talk about the importance of creating a positive organizational culture, but relatively little talk about how to achieve it in reality. Marcella Bremer's new book, "Developing a Positive Culture Where People and Performance Thrive" is a thorough and useful compilation of resources, ideas, and tools for building and sustaining a positive culture. The book is brimming with wisdom and inspiration. It is a highly valuable resource for leaders and change agents in any kind of organization who care about making positive culture a reality. Jane E. Dutton, Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Business Administration and Psychology, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Reading Developing a Positive Culture where People and Performance Thrive is like having the great thought leaders in the field of leadership and organizational culture in one room together so the reader may benefit from their wisdom. Andrew Bennett, President of Bennett Performance Group

This book comes from an experienced practitioner who understands the issues and challenges of change, and it covers all the bases including a solid review of the theory, research and relevant models; real-life illustrative examples; the best guiding and reflective questions we’ve ever seen; and, practical applications that individuals and organizations of any size can undertake right away. And the best thing about the book? Marcella Bremer is a masterful writer whose work is a pleasure to read. Carole and David Schwinn, co-authors, The Transformative Workplace: Growing People, Purpose, Prosperity and Peace.

Often writing about cultural change is long on conceptual frameworks but falls short when it comes to tactical guidance. This one covers the whole spectrum in ways few others do. This is a resource you’ll refer to over and over. Daryl Conner, consultant, author, mentor to the change profession

Marcella Bremer knows culture. Her work over the years with OCAI has been prodigious and now coupling that with positive leadership takes the study and practice of culture to a new level. Steve Gladis, Ph.D., author of Positive Leadership, The Game Changer at Work

Every C-suite should be encouraged to pause, read this book and then consciously decide how they want their company's culture to be. The second part of the book is a very valuable "how to" discussion that adds tremendous power to the "what is" opening salvo. Bravo. Andi Simon, Ph.D., a corporate anthropologist, award-winning author, president Simon Associates Management Consultants

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