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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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? […]