Categorized as: Org Cultures

Coaching Culture Change – Danger Ahead

 

An interesting post on the Edinburgh Coaching Hub got me thinking last night about coaching and culture change, two topics close to my heart. The Hub held a session recently on this – sorry I couldn’t make it! The KL-Edinburgh commute is a killer:) – and from the posts, it seems to have stirred up a lot of

Taking your values overseas

 

Your home market is mature and saturated. Too many competitors, not enough bandwidth to diversify, a solid customer base but growth rates are not exactly keeping the exchanges buzzing. You decide to branch out overseas. Everyone else is in the BRICs, the Gulf, APAC, Africa, why shouldn’t you be? But your business m

Making your case overseas

 

Collating feedback after an international conference in Jakarta, it amazes me as always the continuing polarity in presentation styles and how these impact across the cultural spectrum. From speakers singing and dancing among the participants to others standing rigidly behind rostrums, we had it all. Indeed, it becam

Who’s the fairest of them all?

 

A good friend writes to lament that changing the culture of an organisation is like changing the course of a supertanker at full speed. Less than six months into a C-suite role with a respected hospital he is leaving to go and do something better with his time.

When things are not

What does your language say?

 

I love learning languages to see how they reflect and infuse the respective culture. There’s the superficial indirectness of my mother tongue British English – which often elicits the pained Dutch reply, ‘Why don’t you just say what you want?’ There are the numerous hierarchical levels of formality in Japan

Cultural Intelligence in Malaysia – The Future?

 

I’ve been a matsaleh (a white foreigner) in Malaysia for all of two months now. Way too early to pretend to be an expert on the matter, but I can’t help but be staggered at what I have observed so far in terms of cultural awareness here.

Malaysia is a mix of Malays (50

Intercultural brainstorming – the deafening silence

 

Here’s how it typically goes. You’ve just taken over a multicultural team and you think a bit of brainstorming would be in order. Show the team right away that you believe in participatory leadership and that you value their opinions while at the same time getting some fresh insights into an issue you’re all fa

Exploring your organisation’s culture – who are you?

 

There’s a great onboarding activity in which new recruits are asked to explore their recently joined organisation as if they were anthropologists looking for artefacts, rituals and beliefs. The new joins scatter around the company – complete with pith helmets in some cases – to observe and interview, collec

Organisational Cultures in Multinationals – Same Same?

 

When we look at organisational cultures, we usually identify the influences as coming from the surrounding environment, the size and maturity of the organisation, the ownership, the organisation’s approach to technology, and the sector and markets it operates in. And, typically, an organisation’s culture is set i

Shall We Dance or You Wanna Race?

 

What does time look like to you? Does it stretch straight ahead into the distance, measurable yet infinite? Or does it loop and circle around like a bee? Is time money and the schedule king? Or are relationships more important and time rubbery like a Dalí clock?

Of all the cultural dimensions the element of time is the one that often pro