Archive for the ‘Culture and Values’ Category

Guru Jim Collins definition of greatness and the link with your own organisation

Are you lucky enough to work in a great company? Not sure? We are often told that there are very few great companies around. The evidence is often based on the small numbers of organisations who achieve ‘best or great’ status in any of the awards programmes currently running in the UK. Perhaps there are thousands more out there that we are not aware of. I’m not so sure after reading one of the latest articles from Guru Jim Collins. His comments have made me sit up and consider seriously the term ‘greatness’ and how it’s achieved. The meaning of [...]

Posted by john on July 31st, 2013 under Business Strategy, Culture and Values, Leadership Development, The Business Growth Journey Tags: , ,  •  No Comments

The characteristics of a 21st century learning organisation

Over the last century we have made huge strides in our knowledge and understanding of so many fields. From the internet to space travel; from cloning and stem cell research to breaking the sound barrier; and from eradicating disease to the greater comprehension of why we behave as we do. All of these leaps were made through advancements in human learning, and never has it been clearer that learning is essential to operate and succeed in the modern world. If we cease to learn and explore, then we stagnate and get left behind. In business today, the value placed on [...]

Posted by john on July 17th, 2013 under Business Strategy, Culture and Values, The Business Growth Journey Tags: , , ,  •  No Comments

Lessons from the Pharaohs – producing a culture statement

The Pyramids, despite the popular misconception to the contrary, were not built by slaves but by highly skilled craftsmen including masons, carpenters, plasterers and painters. Egyptians believed in the pursuit of excellence and were very proud of the quality of their work. Again in contrast to the images depicted by Hollywood filmmakers over the years, a slave system did not exist in Egypt. A form of national service prevailed throughout the kingdom and it was viewed as an honour to work on behalf of the Pharaoh. In matters of Egyptian law, women enjoyed an equal status with men. They were [...]

Posted by john on April 25th, 2013 under Culture and Values, Leadership Development, Lessons from the Pharaohs, The Business Growth Journey Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

How to develop a high-performing culture in a growing organisation

Think of any successful organisation and you will find that ‘high-performance working’ is central to its success. Their achievements will not have happened by accident. Throughout every layer of the organisation you will experience a different attitude and approach to work than that found in organisations which struggle to survive. High-performance working relates directly to the achievement of the organisation’s goals and objectives. There are many examples of the most talented individuals and organisations achieving results beyond their expectations because of their focus on performance. High-performance working helps to achieve competitive advantage in many business sectors. It also contributes to [...]

Posted by john on April 18th, 2013 under Culture and Values, High Performance Working, Leadership Development Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Obtaining employee commitment to ‘Ownership’ on the business growth journey

Ownership is one of the six important areas of strategic and operational focus included in our winning (formula)® framework. Understanding what is meant by Ownership, the link with the execution of the strategy and the behaviours and activities required to realise the vision for the business form part of the leadership role on the business growth journey. It is linked to the need for consistent contribution from everyone in the business to the plans for growth for the organisation. It also describes the leadership approach to developing personal accountability throughout the workplace. Ownership is an important stage for your organisation on [...]

Posted by john on April 10th, 2013 under Culture and Values, Leadership Development, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Core values – how would you define the personality of your organisation?

Employees in growing organisations often ask me to explain the meaning of ‘core values’ and their importance in the commercial world. Core values are equally as important as the development of an organisation’s vision on the business growth journey. Without either of them, success would be near impossible to achieve. I often describe core values as the glue that keeps the organisation together particularly important when leaders are recruiting new people as they grow and expand on the journey. In simplistic terms, core values best describe the ‘personality and character’ of an organisation. Taken from the culture that exists within [...]

Posted by john on March 19th, 2013 under Culture and Values, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Six popular guiding principles for large group organisations

Culture and values are the two most common terms used by fast growing organisations to describe the behaviours required by employees to perform on the business growth journey. Many other organisations prefer to use the term ‘guiding principles’. There is a difference. Culture is often described ‘as the way we do things around here’ – simply put it refers to a broad range of behaviours expected of each individual in the business e.g. treating colleagues and others with respect at all times. Values describe the ‘personality of an organisation’ and usually can be summarised by two or three words e.g. [...]

Posted by john on March 2nd, 2013 under Culture and Values, Leadership Development Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Culture development and the role of the leader

Leading, managing, developing and sustaining the culture of any organisation is one of the biggest challenges facing leaders on the business growth journey. Growing companies recruit additional personnel and with each new appointment the cultural dynamic can easily change. Culture is the responsibility of everyone in any growing organisation but leaders play a vitally important role in its development. Confusion often exists regarding its meaning ’The way we do things around here‘ is the commonsense definition of culture. It refers to the shared assumptions, beliefs, values and norms of an organisation. Culture is a body of knowledge acquired over time [...]

Posted by john on February 25th, 2013 under Culture and Values, Leadership Development Tags: , , , ,  •  No Comments

How to build and maintain trust with others on the growth journey

Just about every employee survey I have carried out with our clients over the years has highlighted trust (or the lack of it) between leaders and their teams as a major cultural issue to be improved on in the workplace. It’s hardly surprising, as the complex nature of the ‘world of work’ creates hundreds of opportunities to build and destroy trust on a daily basis. Trust is often described as the ‘mortar’ that keeps the organisation together. In the context of the business growth journey, trust applies to the confidence or belief a person feels towards your organisation, your colleagues [...]

Posted by john on December 13th, 2012 under Culture and Values, Leadership Development, The Business Growth Journey Tags: , , , ,  •  No Comments

Murdoch, leadership and the price of ignoring values

The News International story has dominated the media for months – and understandably so with its political, business and criminal implications. But what strikes me is that the whole mess boils down to a basic failure of culture and values. It’s often true that the most senior person in the company is removed from what is happening. My clients will tell me that they have so much to do that their meetings with senior staff are set in stone. The one hour meeting every Monday morning, the monthly board meeting and so on. These meetings are issues, revenue, operations and [...]

Posted by johnstein on May 4th, 2012 under Culture and Values, Leadership Development, The Business Growth Journey  •  No Comments