Unit 7 discussion DQ1 Cultural Climate The climate and culture of an organization can have an impact on what people within it perceive as important and how they believe they should be going about their work. Think about the care setting in which you currently practice, or a care setting in which you hope to be practicing in the future. Reflect on the readings in this unit and think about an aspect of your care setting. For example, safety, diversity, work environment, et cetera. For this discussion, complete the following: Briefly assess your care setting with regard to your aspect of interest (safety, diversity, work environment, et cetera). Explain the strengths of your care setting's organizational culture and climate that contribute to positive outcomes for your chosen aspect. Explain the weaknesses of your care setting's organizational culture and climate that are obstacles to achieving positive outcomes for your chosen aspect. How might you work to improve the current culture or climate so as to maximize the possibility of positive outcomes? Why do you believe this would help to improve the culture or climate or to maximize the possibility of positive outcomes? Response Guidelines Review the responses of your peers and select one peer to whom you wish to respond. In your response address the following: Compare and contrast the care setting that you wrote about for your discussion with that of your peer. Specifically, address how the culture and climate of each organization impacts its ability to achieve desired positive outcomes. Comment on aspects of your peer's improvement plan that you would like to adopt for your care setting. Resources Discussion Participation Scoring Guide. DQ2 Care Setting Culture and Strategic Plans The culture of an organization can be a great asset or a big hurdle for implementing strategic plans and initiatives. An important thing to keep in mind is that cultures are dynamic, and that we have the ability to change them with consistent and meaningful messaging as leaders. In this way, cultural climate challenges can be turned into opportunities. For this discussion, address the following: Reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the current cultural climate in your care setting, that you wrote about in the first discussion of this unit. Identify one area of the cultural climate that could be an asset in helping you implement your strategic plan, or achieve one or more specific goals. Explain how this characteristic of cultural climate will help contribute to success. Identify one area of the cultural climate that could be a challenge to the implementation of your strategic plan, or to achieving one or more specific goals. Explain what leadership theories, models, or strategies could help you turn this challenge into an opportunity. Reflect on the types of messaging that would most likely be successful in the context of your care setting and your strengths as a leader. Response Guidelines Review the responses of your peers and select one peer to whom you wish to respond. In your response address one or more of the following: Suggest an additional leadership theory, model, or strategy that could help your peer overcome the challenge they presented. Explain how the theory, model, or strategy could be useful in addressing the identified challenge. Relate an experience from your personal practice in which the culture in your health care setting either helped an initiative be successful, or limited the success of an initiative. What lessons learned from this experience could be useful to your peer in either leveraging cultural assets or overcoming cultural challenges? Resources Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.