Culture Insights Blog

Published on 17 May 2017

Rightly or wrongly, CEOs are judged on everything they do as much as on everything they have not done. They are on stage 24/7 and are continually critiqued on their voice, their tone, their turn of phrase, their body language, what they have said, and how, as much as what they didn't say. While it is all part of the job description, being the one in charge has its burdens, is challenging and not for the faint hearted. All that judgment is a lot to deal with. So clarity of role and what 'effective' looks like in action is important.

When we have talked with the CEOs who have been successful at turning an organisation around culturally, we have observed that they share some common behaviours.

Published on 10 May 2017

One of the awesome questions prompted by the blog was …"what do you do when it is the CEO who is the bad apple?" 

This is tough and while I don't have any "silver bullet" answers, I can share some practical wisdom drawn from the ‘school of life’ working with CEOs who might have been described as the ‘bad apple’ because they did not see the value of culture. In some instances the CEO got there and lifted the culture to another level; in other cases, we didn't get past the slide deck!

Published on 05 Feb 2017

Over the course of a decade in my work with Human Synergistics, I have interviewed a number of CEOs and written about their leadership and cultural journey.

Published on 10 Jan 2017

To have a great culture, great leaders are vital… but they are not sufficient.

Published on 10 Aug 2016

What gets measured get done. But it might not be getting done the way you want.

Published on 22 Feb 2016

We have finally come to the last of the 12 blogs on the styles in LSI 1. Taken all together the previous 11 have developed the theme that if our self-talk, reflected in our LSI 1 responses, show a close compassionate relationship with ourselves we are more likely to be effective and happy.

Published on 21 Feb 2016

In writing about the styles in LSI 1 my aim has been to explore the idea that the way we describe ourselves shows the relationship we have with ourselves. That relationship is likely to be reflected in our self-talk. This has the potential to enhance or limit the satisfaction we experience in our lives, prescribes the way we behave and whether or not we are effective.

Published on 28 Oct 2015

Having a Ping Pong table in the office doesn't motivate or make people happy. I'm not saying you shouldn't have a ping pong table, a beer fridge or a funky looking office…I'd enjoy playing a game over lunch with colleagues...what I'm saying is that it doesn't fix a broken Culture.

Published on 26 Sep 2015

The Self-Actualising Style is essentially a measure of our self-esteem. If we have strong self-esteem we are more likely to be effective and happy. Low self-esteem limits our potential and satisfaction. All of us respond positively to praise and encouragement. It gives us the confidence to be who we are, to try new things without fear of blame or criticism.

Published on 17 Jun 2015

After eight weeks of focussing on Defensive Styles I am finding it very different to now consider a Constructive Style. The former represent a huge potential cost to self and I have been able to explore the items in order to highlight the self-defeating nature of the way we describe ourselves.