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Is tolerance killing your culture?

[fa icon="calendar'] 19-May-2015 12:41:31 / by Amanda Fajak posted in Behaviour, Behaviour management, Culture defined, Culture management, Leading culture, Tolerance, Amanda Fajak

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Is tolerance killing your culture? 
Culture is the patterns of behaviour that are encouraged, discouraged or tolerated by people and systems over time.

During this four-part whistle-stop tour of organisational culture, we’ve looked to find a workable definition of what culture really is, sought to distinguish it from engagement and learned how we can effectively use encouragement and discouragement to lever culture change. Our last exploration is an important one:

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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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Defining culture… it’s NOT engagement

[fa icon="calendar'] 08-Apr-2015 21:00:11 / by Amanda Fajak posted in Engagement, Behaviour, Corporate culture, Culture defined, Systems, Amanda Fajak

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In the first of an exclusive series of articles defining culture in organisations, Walking the Talk's Director Europe, Amanda Fajak, begins by walking us through how culture is distinct from engagement.

I was recently involved in a Ministerial Summit on Corporate Culture in London. Two things struck me at the event. Firstly, after spending the last 17 years highlighting the criticality of culture, it feels as though it has truly ‘arrived’. After achieving status as Merriam-Webster’s dictionary word of the year in December, culture is referenced in almost every newspaper and magazine. On or offline, it is omnipresent.

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Culture: word of the year - defined

[fa icon="calendar'] 19-Dec-2014 20:47:37 / by Carolyn Taylor posted in Communication, Culture defined, Culture management

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This week saw culture take the crown as Merriam-Webster's 2014 word of the year.

The dictionary site based its pick on significant increases in lookups over the year. But exactly what is culture?

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