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In Search of the Real Corporate Culture

There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact. ~Arthur Conan Doyle As a young boy I read most of the Sherlock Holmes books, watched the old black and white movies on TV late at night when Basil Rathbone was … Continue reading

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Corporate Culture is visible if you know what to look for . . .

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. -Steve Jobs Not too long ago a friend of mine asked how to tell a reputable plumber or tradesman from the “cowboy” fixit men … Continue reading

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How Leaders Fail . . .

If you want to know whether or not you are a leader, turn around and see if anyone is following! The role of “leader” in a business is never easy and for those in charge of a region, division, plant or … Continue reading

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The Written Culture and the Default Culture . . .

Suppose you work in a company that has Superior Customer Service as one of its Core Values, Best-In-Class Customer Service as one of its key Strategic Objectives, and a company metric related to something like “90% or above customer satisfaction rating”. It would … Continue reading

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Culture Change is not an initiative . . .

“When the rate of change on the outside is greater than the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.”   ~Jack Welch There is a huge misconception at all levels of the business world that culture change … Continue reading

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Inspired !

My last post concerned the principle of “shadow of the leader”, with a perfect example coming from a recent outing to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London to watch the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra perform Beethoven’s Symphony … Continue reading

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Uninspired !

Uninspired = Uninspiring = Mediocre Performance = Bored Audience Leadership has a definite knock-on effect. The principle of “shadow of the leader” came vividly back to me while sitting for 2 1/2 hours in the Royal Albert Hall in London listening … 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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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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Is Your Corporate Culture a Poorly Dubbed Movie?

I enjoy watching films, I guess it’s the escapism into a new world, getting inside the lives of new characters, and being carried along by the storyline.  As Robert McKee, one of the gurus of screen writing likes to say, … Continue reading

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