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Amanda Fajak

Amanda Fajak
Amanda is Executive Director at Walking the Talk.

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Symbols – small changes, big wins: A GM example of how to empower

[fa icon="calendar'] 12-Sep-2018 06:45:00 / by Amanda Fajak posted in Empowerment, Symbols, Psychology

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I am constantly talking to clients about the power changing a few key symbols can have in building momentum for culture change. Symbols reflect those small decisions that on their own don’t seem significant but in the context of how your organisation operates send a big message.

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Busting the myth: How long does it really take to change your culture?

[fa icon="calendar'] 23-Aug-2018 06:08:00 / by Amanda Fajak posted in Culture change, Leadership, Leading culture, Amanda Fajak, Role models

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I have been on a pilgrimage of sorts over the past few weeks, retracing the events of the Hungarian revolution in 1956. My father was a revolutionary and we had a very emotional time reliving the rise of communism.  One of the things that struck me is how quickly communism took hold in the late 1940s and how deeply it became entrenched. It made me ponder on a question that I am asked regularly… ‘how long will it take for us to change our culture?’ 

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Hot off the press: Tipping point shrinks to 25%

[fa icon="calendar'] 04-Jul-2018 12:47:11 / by Amanda Fajak posted in Leadership, Behaviour, Behaviour change, Behaviour management, Leading culture, Managing behaviours, Amanda Fajak, Tipping point

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 At Walking the Talk, we are passionate about continuing to evolve our thinking on culture. We are always scanning the latest research and thinking and we are delighted to say that there is some new insight around what it takes to create a tipping point. The tipping point is a critical concept in culture transformation. It is about how you build sufficient momentum in the organisation to create change with enough pace and energy that it shifts the status quo at all levels.

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The role of measurement in culture and behaviour change

[fa icon="calendar'] 29-Mar-2018 07:18:00 / by Amanda Fajak posted in Measuring culture, Culture change, Behaviour, Behaviour change, Amanda Fajak

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As the role of culture is better understood, everyone wants to measure and understand the impact of culture change and the behaviours that underpin it, from Boards to regulators, from advisors to employees on the front line.  We recently held a Culture Clinic in London on the subject of the role of measurement in culture and behaviour change and through the discussion, four key themes emerged:
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The masks that leaders wear

[fa icon="calendar'] 08-Feb-2018 11:34:03 / by Amanda Fajak posted in Leadership, Openness, Symbols, Amanda Fajak, Psychology

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Joseph Campbell once wrote ‘The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are’. What a profound yet simple set of words that seem somehow so difficult to achieve.

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