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The Visible and Invisible Dimensions of Culture in Organizations

One of the values of the Mindset Spectrum is that it is a tool that helps us see the big picture and all of the minute details of our organization. It’s like a telescope, and a microscope rolled into one. So here we use it to outline how different mindsets influence specific aspects of your organization, both the obvious and the not-so-obvious ones.

Gain a full perspective on the visible and invisible dimensions of culture

Understand the paths to culture change

Identify the maturity of your organization

What the download contains

  • A full breakdown of the visible dimensions of culture
  • A full breakdown of the invisible dimensions of culture
  • Related workshop exercises on the visible and invisible dimensions of your organizational culture
  • The UNITE Perspectives on Organization
  • An explanation how culture change arises
  • The UNITE overview of evolutionary developments across people, culture, organizations & economy
  • The UNITE Paradigm Shift in Organization & Leadership
  • Templates and inspirations for group activities allowing you to work on your individual and collective mindset
  • The UNITE Culture Canvas empty/with definitions ready for your workshop. The canvas comes both in a core and a conextualized version
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Why we use it:

Mindset influences all the parts of our organization, the visible and the invisible. When we begin to think about how to design the culture we want, we begin by assessing the culture that we have. In order to do that, we need to be able to think deeply (and honestly) about our values, perceptions, feelings and goals. The breakdown of the visible and invisible dimension of culture help us do just that.


The Mindset Spectrum moves from self-orientation (red) to subordination to the collective (beige) to analytical optimization (blue) to self-determination (orange) to embracing multiple perspectives on the world (green) and finally to a systemic understanding of parts and their relationship to the whole and to each other (teal). Unsurprisingly, these mindsets manifest in very different ways when it comes to the specifics of your organization.
For instance, in the case of decision-making, a red mindset leads to hierarchical structures in which the one superior makes decisions and tells others what they are, whereas in an orange mindset, the leader of a group may let the group decide after having communicated the parameters of it, however still remains responsible for the decision. In a teal culture, parameters are set, and the group makes decisions collectively. There is no longer the need for the attribution of responsibility because the teal group sees decisions as experiments that will be assessed and altered if necessary.

What is the goal of the model?

An honest assessment of where we are. To figure out how to get where we want to go, we need to understand where we are starting. So our first step in creating an innovation culture will be to outline the mindset that drives our current culture, so that we can think about how to bridge the gap between our aspirations and our reality.



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How to Create Innovation is a practical, comprehensive, OpenSource guide for successful corporate innovation. The UNITE initiative and movement, spearheaded by Stefan F. Dieffenbacher and Caroline Hüttinger and supported by a diverse team of industry leaders and innovation researchers, aims to spark a revolution in global innovation and transformation.


How to CREATE INNOVATION is a workbook for students, innovators, designers, and government and corporate leaders who appreciate and are curious about emerging technologies and the accelerating pace of innovation. It challenges the status quo and supports the development of the mindset, beliefs and strategies necessary for the next stage of business evolution. Leverage the UNITE innovation framework to conceptualize and build the future of your business.

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