Organizational Culture

 

Martin Reeves on The Imagination Machine

Podcast Recorded: June 2021
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Organizational Culture
  • Strategy
Podcast Guest: Martin Reeves

Martin Reeves is a Senior Partner and Managing Director at the leading strategy consultancy, BCG, and a globally recognised thought-leader. He is Chairman of the BCG Henderson Institute, the consultancy's internal think-tank. His current research themes include organisational stamina, business ecosystems and a template for the new learning organisation. 

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Anthro-Vision

Book Published: June 2021
  • Organizational Culture
  • Leadership & Change
Authors: Gillian Tett

It is becoming ever clearer that the 21st century is not like the late 20th century - principally as technology changes our world in multiple spheres. Digital transformation, that buzziest of buzzphrases of the last half-decade has touched every aspect of our lives from the way we think (who needs to remember a fact now, when Google is ever-present?), communication (out with phone calls, in with emails and text and now video), shopping (first books, then groceries now houses, cars and holidays are all available online), learn (from MOOCs to YouTube) and even dating (awkward propositioning...

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Ryne Sherman on the Nature of Human Nature

Podcast Recorded: April 2021
  • Humble Leadership
  • Leadership & Change
  • Organizational Culture
  • Learning & Behaviour
Podcast Guest: Ryne Sherman

Ryne Sherman is Chief Science Officer at Hogan Assessment Systems. He is also a professor of psychology but started out studying history - which may explain his interest in how early human beings organised themselves and how we have become more hierarchical and structured as societies ever since the advent of agriculture - and the impact and effect that has on modern organisations. In this conversation Ryne explores the impact of the Neolithic Revolution, and connects that to the modern-day requirement for getting to the top of organisations as being a political skill.

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The Imagination Machine

Book Published: June 2021
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Organizational Culture
  • Operations
Authors: Martin Reeves and Jack Fuller

Business life-cycles continue to get ever shorter - outperformance quickly fades to the mean. In the 1990s only 10% of top quartile corporate performers were average performers 5 years later, whereas today 90% of outperformance has decayed within 5 years. There is a consistent imperative to reinvent your organisation, to continually have the hunger to do things differently - entrepreneurially. Entrepreneurship is often scrappy and chaotic, which is anathema to highly structured organisational behemoths - so there is an inevitable tension between the internal culture and the external...

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The Healing Organization

Book Published: September 2019
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Organizational Culture
Authors: Raj Sisodia and Michael J Gelb

Business bookstore shelves are filled with titles that glorify sociopathic empires and their leaders, perhaps the apogee of which is 'The Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun', but also includes the analyses of  'The Art of War' by Sun Tzu and many others. TV programs such as The Apprentice and Shark Tank (Dragon's Den in the UK) do little to change this approach. Sisodia and Gelb quote these examples at the outset and set out to see how we can identify better metaphors and examples to make work less ruthless or brutal and more well-...

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Everybody Matters

Book Published: October 2015
  • Leadership & Change
  • Organizational Culture
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia

In much of the western world old manufacturing businesses are shrinking or closing as production has moved to cheaper locations. The first response to this threat is almost always cost- and job-cutting. This brings a corrosive environment where everyone is fearful for their position. As the authors’ acknowledge “there is a fatal flaw at the heart of capitalist enterprises….from the beginning employees were treated as functions…interchangeable as the parts they laboured to produce.” This is exacerbated by relentless short-termism from management to meet quarterly KPIs for outside analysts....

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Kirsty Bashforth on Culture Shift

Kirsty Bashforth is a non-executive director for two leading international corporations - the public services provider Serco, and the construction and property group Kier - as well as leading her culture advisory consultancy QuayFive Ltd. She spent most of her career at the international oil group BP, becoming the Group Head of Organizational Effectiveness in 2011.

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Fair Talk

Book Published: March 2019
  • Leadership & Change
  • feedback
  • Organizational Culture
Authors: Sergey Gorbatov, Angela Lane

Amidst current pace and complexity, feedback has never been more important nor more difficult to craft. In an environment of disruption and adaptation leaders find themselves on quests to facilitate higher performance, greater engagement, and boosting the potential of the talent around them. Here, the authors draw on science and expert opinion to surface the myths that need debunked, present a feedback framework that fits today’s world, and take us through the step by step practices that can make a huge difference to the work of leadership and the shaping of organization culture.

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How To Be Happy At Work

Book Published: September 2017
  • Happiness and Well-being
  • Organizational Culture
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Annie McKee

Since the Industrial Revolution in the mid-nineteenth century we have taught ourselves that who we are at work is different to who we are in our private lives. We behave differently in the formalized setting of large organizations to how we do in small groups, and with that has frequently come the implicit belief "that we are not supposed to be happy at work; that's for other parts of our life". McKee has seen that "when we are happy, we are more successful....when we feel deep, abiding joy in what we do, we learn more, see more and do more". Even if you are a psychopathic manager in an...

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