September 16, 2016

Culture strategy in M&A: Where context is everything

  It may seem the obvious thing to do, but many organisations undertaking M&A do not effectively articulate and communicate the business case that underpins their […]
September 15, 2016

When it comes to culture, tolerance is no virtue

  Leaders will often ask me what they can do to accelerate a change in their culture. As someone who likes to find ways to provide […]
August 26, 2016

Culture impact trumps culture fit in mergers

  The most effective work on culture begins well before a deal is in full swing. With thoughtful preparation, a clear strategy and commitment to cultural […]
August 25, 2016

A culture of diversity: Building business benefit

  Diversity has direct and surprising positive effects on your business. Not only can it yield a range of beneficial impacts but it can also help […]
August 23, 2016

Medal Behaviour: How the UK Olympic team forged a winning culture

  The Atlanta games in 1996 saw Great Britain’s worst performance at a summer Olympic games since 1952, taking home just one gold medal. Twenty years […]
August 17, 2016

M&A: How to avoid culture clash

  Every merger or acquisition is undertaken to enhance business value, yet many fail to achieve expected outcomes because of a failure to effectively manage cultural […]
August 11, 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony: Is what you see what you get?

On Friday 5 August, over 3 billion people around the world had their eyes locked on Rio de Janeiro to watch the Olympics Opening Ceremony. There […]
August 10, 2016

5 tips for habit formation

  It’s all about habits these days – especially during the Olympics. We hear interviews with and read about the top athletes, each of whom appears […]
August 3, 2016

How to avoid culture risks

  Can and should corporate culture be regulated?   In Australia we are currently witnessing increasing business pressure from ASIC (Australian Securities and Investment Commission) to […]
July 13, 2016

The only thing we can predict about people is that they are unpredictable

  The recent political events in the UK have reminded me of a saying that I often use; ‘the only thing we can predict about people […]
July 11, 2016

Five reasons why I say ‘YES!’ to quotas for gender equity

Let me say this loud and clear: I am all for quotas in relation to the number of women in key roles in society and in […]
July 7, 2016

The culture of diversity

  I was recently asked by corporate finance publication Acquisition International to contribute my thoughts on the topics of diversity and culture, and the impact that […]
June 23, 2016

When symbols work

  I was interested to read the announcement recently that PricewaterhouseCoopers has discarded its dress code which, in their words, was in order to “unlock the […]
June 21, 2016

Brexit and culture: What if the EU were a company?

  I’m fascinated by the behaviours of people. What we can learn from observing them–especially in organisations.   And so I found myself wondering, in the […]
June 9, 2016

Consistency is the key to Cultural Change

  ‘Consistency is the key to Cultural Change’ This heading seems to be a contradiction in terms. Isn’t change all about doing things differently, being adaptable? […]