This Episode: Rethinking Culture

Lucinda delves into the topic of rethinking culture within organisations. Drawing on research and personal experiences, she explores various cultural models and frameworks including Competing Values Framework by Cameron and Quinn, the Culture Onion by Edgar Schein, and The Cultural Web by Gary Johnson and Kevin Scholes, Lucinda provides practical insights and tools for assessing and reshaping organisational culture.

Key Takeaways

  • The Competing Values Framework by Cameron and Quinn, which categorises organisational cultures into four types based on flexibility, stability, internal focus, and external focus, highlights the significance of aligning culture with strategy for organisational success.
  • The Culture Onion model by Edgar Schein, focusing on visible artefact’s, espoused values, underlying assumptions, and leadership behaviours underscores the role of leadership in shaping organisational culture.
  • The Cultural Web model by Johnson and Scholes includes seven elements like organisational structures, control systems, power structures, symbols, stories, and rituals.
  • The key steps to drive culture change, include getting leaders on board, involving employees, aligning structures and processes, and embedding the desired culture.

Best Moments

“Culture is how we do things around here. It’s almost a feeling. It’s just what happens.”

“The bottom line is much as we might want strategy to be the driver, fundamentally culture is going to be stronger.”

“The visible artefacts are easy to see, but they might not necessarily represent the values and assumptions of the organisation.”

“Underlying assumptions are the deepest level of the organisational culture, the unconscious beliefs, perceptions, and attitudes shared by people in the organisation.”

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About The Host

Lucinda Carney is a Business Psychologist with 15 years in Senior Corporate L&D roles. Lucinda also has a further 10 as CEO of Actus Software where she worked closely with HR colleagues helping them to solve the same challenges across a huge range of industries. Certainly, it was this breadth of experience that inspired Lucinda to set up the HR Uprising community to facilitate greater collaboration across HR professionals in different sectors, helping them to ‘rise up’ together.

“If you look up, you rise up”

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