Tagged as: organisational 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

Boomerang employees – the green green grass of home

 

They used to say you should never go back where you’ve been before, but it seems an increasing number of us are. The concept of boomerangs, employees returning to previous employers after a period of time away, is not new but it certainly seems to constitute a far larger part of talent management strategy than prev

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

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

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

Organisational Cultures – Beyond The Individual

 

Reviewing his own research, the management guru Fons Trompenaars once concluded:

“However objective and uniform we try to make organisations, they do not have the same meaning for individuals from different cultures…Likewise the meaning that people give to the organisation, their concept of its structu

Cultural Intelligence 101

 

In the beginning…

Everywhere we turn, the talk is of globalisation, glocalisation, internationalisation…And yet we are bombarded with statistics of how many global work assignments (GWAs) fail, how many mergers fall through, how many virtual teams do not achieve their objectives. Trying to make sense and