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A culture of simplicity - keeping it simple, the smart way

[fa icon="calendar'] 25-Feb-2016 15:22:16 / by Carolyn Taylor posted in Carolyn Taylor, Be Do Have, Behaviour change, Corporate culture

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 "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

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A surprising culture change lesson from a taxi driver

[fa icon="calendar'] 25-Nov-2015 00:32:23 / by Jerome Parisse-Brassens posted in Be Do Have, Behaviour change, Jerome Parisse-Brassens

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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.

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Revised edition of ‘Walking the Talk’ book

[fa icon="calendar'] 15-Sep-2015 19:13:29 / by Walking the Talk posted in Engagement, Leadership team, Mergers and acquisition, Carolyn Taylor, Change, Culture archetypes, Culture change, Customer-Centric, Leadership, Managing culture, Accountability, Achievement, Be Do Have, Behaviour, Behaviour change, Behaviour management, Communication, Corporate culture, Culture management, Culture planning, Responsibility, Values, Leading culture, One-Team, Symbols, Walking the Talk, Innovation, Systems

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They say culture eats strategy for breakfast. This book provides a practical, do-able approach to culture transformation, giving you the essential insights required to effectively design, implement, measure and manage the culture you need to achieve your business targets.
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Culture vs. engagement – what every business leader should know

[fa icon="calendar'] 20-Apr-2015 13:43:25 / by Amanda Fajak posted in Engagement, Be Do Have, Communication, Corporate culture, Culture defined, Leading culture

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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:
 

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Culture change or culture transformation?

[fa icon="calendar'] 16-Jan-2015 09:51:28 / by Amanda Fajak posted in Change, Be Do Have, Business books, Transformation, Amanda Fajak

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'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.

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