A Story of Comair’s Historic Change

An article published in the Ascend magazine, a publication created by and for airline executives, features the story of Comair Limited’s historic transition from a disintegrated technology platform to a customized technology system created by Sabre Airline Solutions, tailored to the airline’s specific needs. The Journey: Operation Crossover highlights gothamCulture’s guidance around commonly overlooked aspects of change management, including leadership development and employee participation in supporting the change.

To ensure the success of a system-wide technology change, Comair Limited engaged gothamCulture to surface resisting forces within the airline’s culture that could stall or stop change in the process. After a thorough analysis of cultural factors, gothamCulture designed a change management plan to ensure successful change implementation. Relying on employee engagement strategies and involving internal change agents created the buy-in necessary to ensure the airline’s “soft” side would support its change in hardware.

A full summary of gC’s culture change efforts with Comair Limited can be found on the gothamCulture web site.

gothamCulture supports full-spectrum change efforts from vision and strategic planning through instructional design. gothamCulture offers increased alignment, engagement, and support for their government, public, and private clients. For more information, visit www.gothamculture.com. Follow us on Twitter @gothamCulture.

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gothamCulture to Co-facilitate Denison Consulting Certification Workshop

gothamCulture, a hailed leader in the space of organizational culture assessment and change, has signed on to co-facilitate the Denison Consulting Certification Workshop at Denison Consulting Headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan on March 13-14, 2013.

The workshop combines face-to-face and multi-media learning platforms in a comprehensive program that prepares consultants, senior and mid-level business leaders to propel business success through high-impact culture change and leadership development. The two-day interactive live sessions will allow attendees to learn how to use Denison tools to increase business performance, align cultural dynamics, develop leadership capabilities and create a “tool kit” of best practices from experts in the field. The sessions include an interactive experience analyzing actual data from attendees’ organizations within the context of business challenges, strategies and change priorities.

In addition to pre-course materials, two days of live, interactive workshop sessions, a Certificate of Completion and access to the Denison Consultant Essentials member-only online tool kit, workshop attendees receive a Denison Organizational Culture Solutions Pilot Package for up to 25 invited participants OR an online Denison Leadership Development Survey Package for one leader.

The workshop co-facilitators have a history of industry success. gothamCulture utilizes trusted Denison Consulting tools to assess organizational culture and leadership and then develops a customized strategy for each client’s stage in cultural development. The Denison Organizational Culture Survey and Denison Leadership 360 have been an integral part of gothamCulture’s successful organizational assessment and strategic change initiatives for nearly 10 years.

gothamCulture offers expertise in creating high-impact action plans to effectively increase organizations’ bottom line performance through the lens of culture change and leadership development. gothamCulture offers clients increased alignment, engagement, and support. For further information, visit www.gothamculture.com. Follow us on Twitter @gothamCulture.

gothamCulture Invites MTA’s Senior Vice President of Subways to Speak at Denison Best Practices Forum

gothamCulture, a hailed leader in the space of organizational culture change and leadership development, invited New York City Transit’s Carmen Bianco, Senior Vice President, Department of Subways, and Loriann Hoffman, Chief Officer, Strategy and Talent, to share the Department of Subways culture transformation initiative at the Denison Best Practices Forum.

The Denison Forum is an annual conference for Organizational Development practitioners to share and learn about best practices in the space of culture and leadership.

Carmen discussed his experience working with gothamCulture to create change within a 108-year old organization. NYCT is the largest public transportation system in the Western hemisphere and is responsible for moving 5 ½ million people every day. Carmen shared the journey that he initiated and is carrying out to be intentional about the Department of Subways culture and to preserve what is serving it well and remove what might be getting in the way of high performance.

Carmen and gothamCulture have partnered to improve NYCT Department of Subways performance through the lens of culture and leadership. In an ardent speech, Bianco shared how the Department of Subways’ phenomenal recovery and extraordinary performance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy were largely the result of this culture work.

The 2014 Denison Best Practices Forum will take place on January 29th-31st in Delray Beach, Florida.

New Year. New Look.

As gothamCulture (gC) embarks on its seventh year in business and it expands its reach, gC is refining its purpose and brand as it strives to become North America’s leader in helping companies achieve exceptional performance through the lens of culture and leadership. gC’s solid track record consulting in iconic organizations around the world, providing innovative and customized solutions, positions itself as a trusted advisor with organizations across the country that are seeking to drive positive performance.

For those of you who know us, we are passionate about revolutionizing the field of culture and leadership. By forging even closer strategic relationships with leading experts in the field, such as Denison Consulting, and by hiring top talent around the world, boasting expertise in a wide array of organizational development services, we are capable of scaling and scoping to whatever our clients need. At the core of our work are the relationships that we build, and every member of our team is dedicated to living our Core Values:

  • Unwavering Integrity
  • Maniacal Pursuit of Excellence
  • Committed to the Core
  • Relatable Expertise
  • Authentic Community

As part of our evolution, you will notice a refreshed look and feel including a new website launch that reflects who we are and what we do. We invite you to visit our newly launched, and totally rebranded, website at www.gothamculture.com to meet our team and to learn more about the way gothamCulture is providing value-added consulting services to our clients.

Happy New Year,
Chris, Brian, and Dustin

gothamCulture Announces Board of Advisors

gothamCulture, a hailed leader in the space of organizational culture change and leadership development, has assembled its inaugural Board of Advisors to gain critical insight from a diverse group of experienced business professionals. The Board members are respected executives, providing a wide spectrum of industry acumen and talent. gothamCulture’s Board includes:

Bruce Eckfeldt, CEO, Cyrus Innovation
Trained as an architect, Mr. Eckfeldt is a craftsman in the information space. Eckfeldt founded Cyrus Innovation in 2003 to help people access, think about, and organize information and workflows. Cyrus Innovation develops complex software solutions for the financial services, education, publishing, and intelligence/security industries.

Bryan Adkins, EdD. CEO, Denison Consulting
As President of Denison Consulting, Dr. Adkins is an expert in the areas of organizational culture and leadership. Adkins has been published by the Journal of Organizational Behavior and co-authored a chapter in Advances in Global Leadership. Prior to joining Denison Consulting, Adkins held leadership positions in the manufacturing, professional, and not-for-profit sectors.

Daniel R. Denison, PhD. Chairman & Founder, Denison Consulting
Dr. Denison is the Chairman and Founding Partner of Denison Consulting, LLC. He is also a Professor of Management and Organization at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Denison has written several books, including Corporate Culture and Organizational Effectiveness, published by John Wiley in 1990. He published the Denison Organizational Culture Survey and the Denison Leadership Development Survey, used by over 5,000 organizations, based on this research.

Jerry Doubler, VP & CFO, Burroughs Inc.
Mr. Doubler is VP & CFO of Burroughs Inc., a leader in check and payment processing. Doubler brings a consistent record of trusted financial leadership complemented with hands-on operational experience in service, manufacturing and distribution. Prior to Burroughs Inc., Doubler was CFO and interim COO of an $800 million private-equity owned company where he improved working capital by $40 million in 12 months.

gothamCulture Joins A Billion + Change

gothamCulture is among the Top 50 companies to join A Billion + Change, a national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars of pro bono and skills-based service by to address core issues our communities face across the country and around the world. Together we will transform how businesses leverage their employees to make a lasting impact on society by engaging, inspiring and mobilizing professional talent to build the capacity of non-profit organizations to better meet community needs.