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Why Culture Change is Like Cooking . . .

“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.”  ~Julia Child I must confess, I enjoy watching cooking programs on the lifestyle channels on TV.  It really doesn’t matter if its Italian, French, British, or Cowboy … Continue reading

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King Canute and Culture Change

There are many versions of the story of King Canute trying to stop the tide.  Some focus on his arrogance, and thus the arrogance of kings and leaders.  Others take a different view and focus on the wisdom of leadership … Continue reading

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Psst ! . . . Wanna Buy a Culture Change?

  One of the reasons The Economist magazine has been around since 1843 is its commitment to high standards of journalism as it continuously delivers on its purpose: “to take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an … Continue reading

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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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