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Organisational development is the deliberate and systematic enablement of business strategy and performance through people.

A Culture of….? (A short boardroom story)

A Culture of….? (A short boardroom story)

Picture a boardroom. Results have been wavering and the competition are gaining ground. The executives are starting to feel the fear.. The CEO says, “I’ve been thinking about the situation. We need to take a good look at our culture. If we don’t make real changes soon, things will only get worse”... “I agree." nods the COO. "Our problem is that we don’t have a culture of execution. We’re good at starting things, and we make a lot of ‘commitments’, but how much of it actually gets done? We need...

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Employee Experience and Culture

Employee Experience and Culture

Culture and Employee Experience are clearly closely interrelated. If you’re not thinking about both you may be missing out on an opportunity to build a more coherent, high performing, organisation. If you change the culture of an organisation, you will inevitably change the employee experience. If you change the employee experience, will you change the culture? Probably. If culture is an expression of the organisation’s values, through behaviours, practices and processes, then achieving...

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8 Critical Organisational Agility Questions

8 Critical Organisational Agility Questions

In a recent article, I introduced Organisational Agility as a cultural characteristic that can be developed. As Edgar Schein wrote, If you have been trying to make changes in how your organization works, you need to find out how the existing culture aids or hinders you. In that article I suggested eight critical questions to ask in order to start the process of developing organisational agility. In this article I expand on each of them and give a slightly more nuanced explanation.   What...

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How to Break the Negative Performance Management Cycle

How to Break the Negative Performance Management Cycle

It’s pretty clear that for millions of working people the experience of Performance Management; or the process by which organisations set targets for, measure and reward employees; is, ranges from tedium to stress-inducing misery. Even Senior Leaders, in whose name the practice is supposed to be implemented, seem to agree. According to the CIPD’s Centre for Evidence Based Management, almost ¾ of senior leaders outside of HR believed Performance Management to be ineffective (and HR leaders...

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Connecting Culture and Organisational Agility

Connecting Culture and Organisational Agility

Given the increasing pace and unpredictability of change, it's clear that Organisational Agility is a critical strategic capability for any ambitious business. Indeed, McKinsey found that three quarters of companies see Organisational Agility as a top 3 priority, while less than half had begun to address it at a company level. Given that this data was gathered between 2014 and 2107, I'd be astonished if it wasn't a priority for more now. Organisational Agility does not equal Agile While Agile...

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