Culture is King again!

Culture assessment is high on the corporate agenda again. Growth-focused leaders want to understand the impact their culture is having on performance and what they can do to improve.

There’s a fantastic resource from Barrett Values Centre – “Transforming Culture in Larger Organisations” that introduces key concepts and learnings about transforming culture in organisations with more than 1000 people. It includes three international case studies, insightful questions to reflect on and some useful activities that you can apply in your organisation.

Authors Eneroth and Munday make the distinction between culture change and culture transformation and highlight several key factors for success, which are relevant for organisations of any size including:

  • There is no one “right” or model organisational culture - you have to develop the right culture for your organisation, one that supports your strategic ambitions.

  • Organisations don’t change; people do. Cultural transformation starts with self-aware and authentic leaders who listen to their people.

  • What you measure, you can manage – measuring culture over time will enable you to track the impact of initiatives and adjust your course as required.

Developing culture is too important to be left to chance. Here are some actions you can take to create a high performing culture:

  • Conduct a values assessment to understand your current and desired future culture

  • Share the results and invite continuous dialogue about your culture and values

  • Prioritise key focus values that embed strengths and address issues

  • Define and explore key values and the associated behaviours that you want to reinforce

  • Create a culture development plan that supports your vision and mission and aligns with your strategy

  • Live the values, recognise and reward those attitudes and behaviours that will help grow your desired culture

  • Continue to measure and track progress

  • Nudge and nurture your culture in order to transform over time

If you want some ideas and tools to help transform your culture, read the article, visit Barrett Values Centre website  for more useful resources or send me an email -

Posted: Saturday 31 October 2015

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