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Avoiding filling the void — an epiphany in the making

Posted by Philip on 30 May 2016, 3:48 pm in , , , ,

Sorry for being quiet on the blogging front lately. It's been a weird time, lurching from busyness to idleness in three or four day cycles.

Image: Len Jingco via Metservice

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Watching culture emerge

Posted by Philip on 10 March 2014, 12:42 pm in , , , ,

There’s a lot of talk about creating and changing culture in groups and organisations. The assumption is that culture can be manipulated by design and somehow a desire for a certain “shape” of culture can be transposed onto a group of people at will.

I’m not sure that’s possible.

Robert H. Schaffer suggests in the Harvard Business Review that, 'To Change the Culture, Stop Trying to "Change the Culture"’. He reflects that the “multitude of programs — training, re-organization, systems redesign, and communications campaigns” imposed to create widespread culture change, are “trying to transform a whole lot of cultural dynamics all at once. We’ve found that managers get better results when they start with a few smaller successes, which then provide a basis for expanding.”

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