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What’s Wrong With Culture Audits? Plenty . . .

Corporate culture is a hot topic!  It is discussed in boardrooms, MBA classrooms, blogging pages and even House of Parliament treasury committee hearings concerning the Libor rate fixing scandal. It’s also an important topic since numerous studies have pretty well convinced the business … Continue reading

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The Reality of Corporate Culture and “Flat World” Thinking

“The church says the earth is flat; but I have seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more confidence even in a shadow than in the church.” ― Ferdinand Magellan Several hundred years ago, most people believed the world … Continue reading

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Before You Decide on a Culture Audit . . .

(This blog posting features excerpts from Chapter 12 in my recent book; LEVERAGE: The CEO’s Guide to Corporate Culture.) “I can’t define pornography, but I know it when I see it.”  ~US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart Corporate culture is also difficult … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Corporate Culture, part 2

In my previous post, The Illusion of Corporate Culture, I put forth a heretical point of view: There is no one corporate culture.  Organizations are really a collection of subcultures. If the subcultures are aligned with the overall business needs … Continue reading

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Corporate Culture is like a Fossil

Very interesting for an old duffer like me to try his hand at something new. If I don’t do that once in a while, I might just turn into a fossil, you know!  ~Norman Rockwell A fossil is a unique … Continue reading

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Corporate Culture, Mergers and Acquisitions

What’s the best approach to acquisition integration? Depending on whom you ask you will get very different replies, and some of the best advice comes from those who have bought and integrated dozens of organizations in their careers. A group … Continue reading

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“Fatbergs” and The Culture of Banking

Recently one of the London papers ran an article about how grease, baby wipes and other gunk is clogging up the sewers under London, significantly reducing the flow of water and sewage to treatment plants.  The clogged pipes and sewers … Continue reading

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Cultural Drift . . .

I clearly remember my second year in college sitting in a marine geology class and discussing the then revolutionary topic of continental drift. After decades of theories and much scoffing at the subject of plate tectonics by renowned scientists, in … Continue reading

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Wrong! 8 Common Assumptions about Culture Change

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.  ~Henry Ford One of my greatest insights about culture change came early in my career from an assignment with AVCO Everett Research Labs. Basically this was a defense technology … Continue reading

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“Sensible” in a Charlatan world? Damned Faint Praise?

My business book, LEVERAGE: The CEO’s Guide to Corporate Culture, was (surprisingly!) recently reviewed in that esteemed and venerable world news, political affairs, business and finance magazine, The Economist (January 9, 2014).  Continuous publication of this weekly journal began in September … Continue reading

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