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Are You Cultivating a Culture of Participation Among Employees?

Employees want to be involved and engaged in the organization. They want to be a part of something. Successful organizations – those who achieve their goals, continue to grow and prosper, compete effectively and recruit and retain top talent – are those organizations that encourage and expect participation from their employees in the organization.

This […]

Evaluating the Culture of an Organization

When I am asked by a client to help them evaluate the culture within their organization, there are two steps I take:

Evaluate the organization informally (interactions among people) Evaluate the organization formally (processes and procedures)

To do both well, I spend time within the organization getting to know the individuals. This includes traveling to […]

Is the Company Culture Right for You?

Too often we join an organization without really understanding the culture of that company and whether it is right for us. We are excited about the opportunity, the role we will be taking on and the people who interviewed us, but we haven’t really thought about if it is the right place for us to […]

Best Practices for Addressing Organizational Issues

When the executives don’t see the need to change

There are issues (or – better yet – let’s say “opportunities”) in every organization. We can surface these opportunities to improve the organization through employee engagement surveys, organizational assessments and sometimes, when we get lucky, through leadership and other skills assessments. All too frequently, however, at […]

Do You Really Understand Your Organization’s Culture?

Culture change is frequently identified as the intervention needed to improve the performance of an organization. The word "culture," however, is used gingerly and there remains much debate and controversy regarding the best way to fully understand the culture of an organization.

Ed Schein presents a simple yet illuminating perspective on organizational culture. According […]