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Culture & Climate

Creating the conditions for performance

Culture eats strategy for breakfast, apparently.

We’re not so sure it has to be that way.

Culture change starts with climate

We start by understanding the performance that you’re looking for, which is defined by your vision and mission.

We then look at the mindset and behaviours that will deliver that performance, and whether you have the climate – or psychological conditions – to support them.

In most cases, adjustments are needed rather than wholesale change – changing the mix rather than the music –  making cultural change feel less daunting.

Climate starts with leadership

The evidence shows that leadership – particularly line managers – have the biggest impact on climate. That doesn’t mean that things like the physical environment, processes and policies don’t matter. They will reinforce or undermine what you’re trying to create. But leadership will drive it.

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We can help you get your people working in harmony with your business strategy

Perspective: Align to the performance you want

If you want someone to change, you focus on their behaviour, not their personality. Not only might that feel pretty threatening, they wouldn’t know where to start.

To start changing culture, start with the performance that you want, then identify the environment (climate) that will support the mindsets that will support it.

If you take that view, culture doesn’t eat strategy, but strategy feeds culture change.

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If you’ve been in the corporate world for any time at all, it’s likely that you’ll have been on a development programme or training course that included some kind of personality profile.  We’re talking MBTI, DISC, Insights, FIRO and a whole host of tools that measure...

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