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Maybe I’m a little old-fashioned …

Maybe I’m a little old-fashioned … Two conversations yesterday (one negative, one positive) reminded me of this blog that I posted on another website many years ago. The negative conversation: A potential business partner was late for a scheduled call “I’ll call you” stated the invitation. No big problem. There was not even the hint Read More

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Conversations, Culture Change and Trust

Conversations, Culture Change and Trust A short time ago, Ana Neves, a knowledge management specialist in Portungal, asked me some challenging Questions on Conversations, Culture Change and Trust. … … On your website, you say “Every conversation shapes culture”. But culture also shapes the conversation. Do you have any suggestions on how organisations can be Read More

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Change: Elegantly Simple vs. Naively Simplistic

Change: Elegantly Simple vs. Naively Simplistic Life is complex, highly complex. We live in an interconnected interdependent interrelated world. Indeed, life is so complex that we will probably never completely understand it … whatever “understand” may mean here. It is also dynamic, therefore unpredictable. From the continuously expanding field of work on complex systems, we Read More

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Yes … You Can … Change Your Organisation Culture!

Yes … You Can … Change Your Organisation Culture! Some management consultants claim that you can’t change an organisation’s culture. This is nonsense. Numerous other management and change consultants claim they can change an organisation’s culture. This too is nonsense. You can change your organisation’s culture … from the inside. Indeed, a leader’s responsibility includes Read More

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Culture is the Soul of the Organisation

Culture is the Soul of the Organisation Culture lies at the core of who the organisation is, determining the life that management, employees, customers, suppliers, and all other stakeholders experience. And this in turn determines how it works and the outcomes (results) that emerge. A healthy organisation needs to nurture its soul: an organisation, like Read More

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Intercultural Glossary

Intercultural Glossary This Intercultural Glossary reflects my beliefs, values and life experience. I am well-aware that some of the definitions here may reflect neither those to be found in standard references nor common usage. This is conscious, as common usage is frequently inaccurate, superficial or even deliberately misleading, in that it may follow a hidden Read More

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“Where are you from?” … The Question that is so often asked yet has such limited meaning …

“Where are you from?” … The Question that is so often asked yet has such limited meaning … I recently gave an interactive keynote session entitled “Re-framing and Re-sensing: Towards a Borderless World” at the International Cultural Education Symposium in St. Pölten, Austria. Using cultureQs, delegates were provoked to reflect on the background to their Read More

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Seven Core Layers of Culture

Seven Core Layers of Culture Influencers of our Interactions in an Organisational Context   Few concepts in the organisational world are as misunderstood as “culture”. All too frequently, it is relegated to the sphere of so-called “soft skills” … those things that ‘don’t really matter in business’. Still today, in the second decade of the Read More