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Strong Corporate Culture or Cult?

Strong Corporate Culture or Cult?

Or: Could your culture be creating a diversity problem? Conventional wisdom suggests that if we want a successful business we should strive for a “strong” culture. But what does this mean? And is it healthy? Part of the challenge in working with culture is the...
Clarity of purpose – through 8 lenses

Clarity of purpose – through 8 lenses

The concept of a purpose-driven organisation has gathered a huge amount of momentum in recent years, and while there is evidence that organisations with a clarity of purpose achieve superior financial results, we must also consider the inherent importance of meaning...
A Culture of….? (A short boardroom story)

A Culture of….? (A short boardroom story)

Picture a boardroom. Results have been wavering and the competition are gaining ground. The executives are starting to feel the fear.. The CEO says, “I’ve been thinking about the situation. We need to take a good look at our culture. If we don’t make real changes...
People Strategy – Retail Case Study

People Strategy – Retail Case Study

Using SOAR to develop People Strategy for High Street RetailSituation – Increasing Pace of ChangeAlthough they were only two years into a three-year cycle, the retailer’s People and Customer Director was concerned that their existing People Strategy didn’t...
How attractive is your change Vision?

How attractive is your change Vision?

Two important elements of a Change Strategy are the Case for Change and the Vision. While the former outlines the reasons for moving from the status quo, the Vision creates an attractive destination for people to move to. Having recently suggested eight questions to...
What makes a compelling Case for Change?

What makes a compelling Case for Change?

The Case for Change and Vision are critical elements of any Change Strategy. What is the Case for Change? The Case for Change is a statement or set of statement highlighting the rationale for changing the status quo, while the Vision sets our the aspiration of the...
Employee Experience and Culture

Employee Experience and Culture

Culture and Employee Experience are clearly closely interrelated. If you’re not thinking about both you may be missing out on an opportunity to build a more coherent, high performing, organisation. If you change the culture of an organisation, you will inevitably...
Employee Experience: Clarifying the Terminology

Employee Experience: Clarifying the Terminology

If you’re interested in the impact of your workplace on people, and indeed the impact of people on your workplace, you’ll come across many related and overlapping terms such as Culture, Employee Experience, Employee Engagement, Employee Value Proposition (EVP), and...
8 Organisational Agility Questions to Ask

8 Organisational Agility Questions to Ask

In a recent article, I introduced Organisational Agility as a cultural characteristic that can be developed.As Edgar Schein wrote, If you have been trying to make changes in how your organization works, you need to find out how the existing culture aids or hinders...