Forget the core values – here’s how to really identify the culture

Forget the core values – here’s how to really identify the culture

Most organisations will have a set of core values. These will usually be proudly displayed on the wall and may even make it as far as the annual review or company website. But how often do they truly mirror the organisational culture? Too often the values are not in sync with how an organisation really operates. Here I outline some of the tell-tale signs to look for when the values have no bearing on reality.

Culture is an interesting topic and one that is often an important focus for prospective employees, clients, partners and share-holders.  The core values are seen as the beacon of what the organisation aspires to in terms of culture. While a vision articulates a company’s purpose, the values offer a set of guidelines on the behaviours and mindsets needed to achieve that vision[1].

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A quick lesson in change management

A quick lesson in change management

Change management is often bandied about in conversations in today’s corporate environment. What exactly is change management and why does it make a significant difference when it is utilised effectively?

Many moons ago, I had the great fortune of studying change management under the brilliant Emeritus Professor at UTS, Dexter Dunphy[1]. Professor Dunphy’s research is published in over 90 articles and 23 books – many of which are specifically focused on change.

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How to talk technology with your CEO and the Board

How to talk technology with your CEO and the Board

Technology is a key element of any modern business today and is often seen as critical to success – and failure. However, articulating the best way to harness technology to the most senior members of any organisation takes a lot more than technical expertise.

I have had the great privilege of working with many IT experts during my career. I have witnessed brilliance first hand in many back offices, where technical gurus have solved problems, created incredible solutions and toiled through the night to ensure that systems keep working. Often this hard work and tenacity goes un-noticed and un-appreciated. Many within the organisation are oblivious to the geniuses that walk amongst them.

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The Meaning of Life – and the importance of “flow”

The Meaning of Life – and the importance of “flow”

What exactly is “flow” and how does it impact your life at work and beyond? How and why does flow create a meaningful existence for both you and your team?  How do you harness the creativity and innovation that comes from weaving flow into your daily existence?

The other day, my 11 year old daughter asked me over breakfast about the meaning of life. She noted, quite logically I might add, that it seemed that life was a progression of milestones. She explained that she would finish primary school, then high school, then university and then find a job. This was followed by getting married and maybe having kids. And she finished off with a simple “Is that it?”

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Why do some teams fly, whilst others struggle to get off the ground?

Why do some teams fly, whilst others struggle to get off the ground?

Great teams don’t just happen. You can exert a lot of time and effort assembling the best of the best, but you will not achieve greatness unless you have some basics in place.

Everyone has worked in different teams, at different times of their lives. Almost everyone talks about an experience that was unbelievably good and where the team achieved outstanding results. Sadly, almost everyone also has a war story or two about a less than stellar experience.

There has been so much written about high performing teams that it seems quite astounding that there are still so many negative experiences. Unfortunately, creating an exceptional team is not easy – no matter how many management books you have read or how many degrees you possess.

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