Culture change involves a shift from one paradigm to another. So what is paradigm shift and what does it mean? A paradigm is a set of beliefs or ideas that set boundaries and focus on problem solving. The shift (change) occurs when a new framework changes the understanding of the way a system operates. Paradigm shifts can also be understood as a change in existing underlying beliefs or theory – a change in one way of thinking to another, a change in the way we perceive our reality, a change in our perspectives, a new outlook, a new vision, a new understanding or a new approach.
Many paradigm shifts have occurred on a larger scale throughout history, a country, cultures and as an individual. Paradigm shifts support a society to adjust to its current needs and that is why we have public health initiatives. For example, our health system is accessible to everyone. It is also how, as an individual, we grow into our unique person. A realisation often necessitates a shift in the current way of doing things as we see it is not working anymore. Paradigm shifts happen because we are constantly learning through our experiences and seeing where change is needed to improve. What it is we are doing or helping with the adjustments of change happen as a natural progression of life. Some examples of change in business culture are a shift away from control techniques such as authorisation, approval and review to empowerment, trust and accountability or managers becoming leaders.
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