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There Is Nothing Wrong With The Term ‘Company Culture’

Dan Pontefract

The headline from  Harvard Business Review  read,  Why “Company Culture” Is a Misleading Term. ” WHAT? ” He’s right.

Apparently, Organizational Culture is Crap

Dan Pontefract

You may find it interesting to know, for example, that they “strive to maintain the open culture often associated with startups.”

The connected company

Dave Gray

Do you know what the average life expectancy for a company is? Why is the life expectancy of a company so low? And why is it dropping?

Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

West and his SFI colleagues then went on to explore another social organization - the firm.   How come cities live forever, while companies do not?

Chance favours the Connected Company

Harold Jarche

About 18 months ago I wrote in Embrace Chaos , that I think the outer edge will be where almost all high value work gets done in organizations.

If Your Enterprise Social Network Is a Ghost Town It’s Probably Due To Your Corporate Culture

Dan Pontefract

One I know thousands of other companies and organizations are struggling with at this very moment. We’re a financial services company.

Reflecting on the State of Enterprise 2.0 as an Organizational Culture Change Agent

Dan Pontefract

Discover content through people,” and “Companies are not communities.”. Culture. Culture enterprise 2.0 I know. thank you IBM).

OMG, its culture change time

Dave Snowden

If in doubt, blame the culture seems to be a golden rule in consultancy and management alike. Culture as an “…ideational system.

The Connected Culture

Dan Pontefract

The following diagram aims to depict what I refer to as a ‘connected culture’ in an organization. It is professional panacea. What does it mean?

Apple CEO Tim Cook and his Moment of Open Culture

Dan Pontefract

The culture moment I’m referring to involves Tim Cook, Apple CEO. ” No, Tim’s culture moment was simple yet profound.

The 7 roles of company directors in driving successful innovation

Ross Dawson

The piece is below, providing a high-level view on the role of company directors in driving innovation. Supporting a culture of innovation.

Stop Killing Your Corporate Culture

Dan Pontefract

Michael Thaman, chairman and CEO of Owens Corning observed: “Make sure that the DNA of your company is right. Focus on Open Leadership.

Culture is entangled

Dave Snowden

In practice (and in theory) culture is tangled, indistinct and difficult to tie down. The respondent does not know what is the right answer.

“Never get sucked into the ‘company knows best’ approach to your career”

Jane Hart

Always remember that YOU are in charge of your career  Never get sucked into the “company knows best” approach to your career.” And watch your company take off.” The quote in the title of this blog post comes from my favourite post in April 2016,  When it comes to career. Here’s a longer quote from that article.

The Connected Culture

Dan Pontefract

The following diagram aims to depict what I refer to as a ‘connected culture’ in an organization. It is professional panacea. What does it mean?

Using network perspectives to visualize changing culture and meaning

Ross Dawson

earlier shared one of his presentations in a post on how the culture of luxury is changing. Culture Networks (SXSW 2012).

What is stopping companies from measuring learning: Skillsets, datasets, toolsets or mindsets?

Dawn of Learning

 . Is your company''s learning and development strategy wedged between a rock and hard place? And this is a high-stakes issue. Datasets.

Technology, Media and Culture - the Best of Times or the Worst of Times?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL) was founded in 2010 to study the transformational impact of technology on culture and on the media industries. 

Micro-blogging can help build your organisational culture

Dan Pontefract

PC Magazine defines micro-blogging as follows: A blog that contains brief entries about the activities of an individual or company. Henry Ford.

13 books on learning, people, organizations, corporate culture, and change

Jay Cross

Informal Learning by Jay Cross. A New Culture of Learning by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown. The Connected Company by Dave Gray.

‘Sharing’ culture

Clark Quinn

I was in a recent conversation about a company facing strong growth and worried about the impact on culture. This company had a positive culture, in that people were diverse, friendly, upbeat, and committed to contributing. It takes all the elements of a learning culture and organizational change, of course.

Micro-blogging can help build your organisational culture

Dan Pontefract

PC Magazine defines micro-blogging as follows: A blog that contains brief entries about the activities of an individual or company. Henry Ford.

Blog Post: Is there anything wrong with the term 'Company Culture'?

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Is there anything wrong with the term Company Culture ? In an article in HBR, Why Company Culture Is a Misleading Term. But Dan Pontefract in a response in Forbes There Is Nothing Wrong With The Term Company Culture. John Traphagan thinks there is. thinks there isn't. What do you think

Does Your Nonprofit Suffer from a Culture of Sitting? How To Change It

Beth Kanter

Yet, many nonprofits are loosing productivity and less creative because they are trapped in a culture of sitting. Walking Culture at Work.

Did Zappos Just Ruin Their Culture Or Is It A Brilliant Org Redesign?

Dan Pontefract

couple of months later, the uber smart 27-year old Hsieh joined the company as its CEO and, well, the rest is history. Not too shabby. Noble?

Governance and Pragmatism: Moving Beyond “The Culture of No”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most large companies have set up some form of check-and-balances organizational structure, often embodied in the separation of line and staff management.  From time to time a company’s system of checks-and-balances breaks down.  Typically this will be an isolated event involving one company, such as the Enron scandal in 2001. 

How Do You Know When You Have Reached a Collaborative Culture?

Dan Pontefract

‘Tis my naivety or perhaps it’s my over exuberance for corporate culture karma. How do you know when you have reached a collaborative culture?

Too Big to Fail, Economies of Scale, Cities, and Companies

Bob Sutton

This debate reminds me of some fascinating research on the differences between cities and companies. And three, economic and social activities diversify and become more interdependent, resulting in new forms of economic specialization and cultural expression. company starts out, it’s all about the new idea,” West says. When a.

Why Lean Programs Fail—Where Toyota Succeeds: A New Culture of Learning

Steve Denning

The experts don’t tell the plants what to do and audit them to see if they are following the best practices. A new culture of learning.

Cynefin courses in 2015 - new thinking, practical exercises and great company

Dave Snowden

Learn how to work with narrative in facilitated sessions and in large volumes with SenseMaker® Day 4 covers: Applying narrative for communicating, research/monitoring, knowledge capture, and making sense of culture through narrative archetype forms. Cynefin, Complexity, Narrative and Sense-making in 2015. Zurich: 27 - 30 January 2015.

The Rise of the Platform Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Africa and Latin America have a number of small platform companies, only 3 of which met the $1 billion valuation threshold for inclusion in the survey.

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What’s Needed First? Culture Change or Enterprise 2.0 Adoption

Dan Pontefract

Do we first require an organizational culture adaptation prior to any meaningful Enterprise 2.0 That should change the culture, right?

The Long Term Impact of AI on Jobs - Some Lessons from History

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Companies and governments need to assist workers in acquiring new skills while helping them switch jobs as needed.  How should we respond? 

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Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

That’s six times the delisting rate of companies 40 years ago.  And the rise in mortality applies regardless of size, age, or sector. 

The Cultural Impact of The Future of You

Luis Suarez

They just don’t see the value of being just one more voice adding to the noise , which is essentially what most companies want (mistakenly).

The Importance of Empathy in Our Services-Centric, People-Oriented Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Their research discovered that talent is the greatest competitive challenge companies face.  This will take time. 

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Changing Culture: Scaling Up Excellence

Clark Quinn

They’ve had the opportunity to study a wide variety of companies, most as success stories, but they do include some cautionary tales as well. Here are my notes on the first. Leaders have to go in, figure out what needs to change, and then lead that change. strategy

Culture is the ground on which you (& your company) stands

Mark Oehlert

You''ll do those things, sometimes without thinking, and yet chances are you''ve deployed an enterprise-wide application costing many thousands of dollars without even a second thought for the culture into which you''re tossing it. Everyone should understand that yes, you have a corporate culture. Now here is where it gets weird.

Trust and the On-Demand Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

variety of on-demand companies have emerged in the last few years, aspiring to achieve the scale and success of Uber and Airbnb. 

The Rise of a Culture of Contempt and the Demise of UCLA Men's Basketball

Bob Sutton

  And I don't mean the drop off in performance at UCLA in the past few years, I mean the loss of its soul and the rise of a culture of contempt -- with rampant lousy leadership, bad role models, asshole poisoning.  Are you succeeding because the peer culture among your followers is hiding or offsetting your deep flaws?