Walking the Talk recently attended the HRD Summit in Amsterdam, where Executive Directors Jerome Parisse-Brassens and Amanda Fajak delivered a presentation on how to use culture measurement to drive sustainable change, to a room of Europe's leading HR Directors.
Walking the Talk is pleased to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Chris Pierce-Cooke, as our co-founder Carolyn Taylor proudly takes the role of Executive Chairman.
When many of us first entered the workforce, we believed that who we were at work should be different and kept separate from who we were at home. This was, after all, a prevailing paradigm in 20th century work practices. But artificially separating our identities in this way eventually led to increased tension, stress, and the introduction of work-life balance programs. Collectively, we gradually became aware that one couldn’t simply leave his or her mind and heart at the office as if it were a company laptop, and vice versa. We have now come to understand – largely through trial and error – that our private or personal lives naturally intertwine with and influence our work lives.
Sometimes it’s good to get back to the basics...
It's easy to slip into the habit of thinking about your culture as a project, or a series of activities that have to be performed: Communication training, values alignment process, reward systems, workplace redesign— tick, tick, tick. But culture isn't separate from normal business activity, it is created through what is done every day.