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Game Over !

First we shape our institutions, and afterwards they shape us!  ~Winston Churchill After a particularly tough day, the chief executive of a major corporation came home exhausted. A barrage of crises and questions assaulted him all day. Some of these … Continue reading

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Genes, DNA and Corporate Culture

  I think that the formation of [DNA’s] structure by Watson and Crick may turn out to be the greatest development in the field of molecular genetics in recent years. — Linus Pauling, Nobel Prize for Genetics   On April … Continue reading

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Shadow of the Leader: The Remake.

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an good man.   -George Washington (1732-1799)   One of the fundamental tenants of corporate culture is the … Continue reading

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The Gauntlet of Corporate Culture

As a form of punishment, running the gauntlet has its origins in Roman times, and probably before.  A thief or coward was forced to run between two long lines of soldiers armed with clubs and spears. As the criminal ran … Continue reading

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Why Culture Change Programs Don’t Deliver . . . Another Viewpoint

There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. ~ Mark Twain There is a very popular TV game show in American culture called  Family Feud which features two competing families must name the most popular responses to a survey question posed to … Continue reading

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Culture Change and The Long Tail

Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine, wrote an article in 2004, The Long Tail, which then became a book, published by 2006. Online video retailing offers a great contemporary example of the Pareto probability distribution (hence the name Long Tail) where a few blockbuster … Continue reading

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Why Corporate Culture is more like Physics than Human Resources.

The old story of the elephant and the blind men is as poignant as ever in revealing a profound lesson: Several blind men came across an elephant and never having seen an elephant, each had a different description based on … Continue reading

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