"Simple has been one of my mantras. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end, because once you get there you can move mountains."
– Steve Jobs
I jumped in a cab the other day in a hurry to get to a meeting and was greeted by a resonating “hello” and a smiling driver.
It was raining hard and I expected a more somber attitude. We started chatting and I made a remark about his positive outlook.
If you haven't had a chance to read my first entry in this series, ‘Defining Culture… It’s NOT Engagement', for the purpose of today’s discussion, all you’ll need to know is that culture is a separate construct from engagement. Both are absolutely critical and can be aligned. However, the analogy is something like comparing revenue and profit - they are kind of linked, but there are also a lot of variables between them.
At Walking the Talk, we like to use the following definition of culture:
'Change' has become overused in business rhetoric.
The latest ‘change program’ is often greeted with cynicism from line managers and employees alike. As this HBR article attests, as a business community, success rates for implementing change have shifted little from the 30% mark published by John Kotter almost 10 years ago.