Edgar Schein identified three distinct levels in organisational culture in 2004: artifacts and behaviours, espoused values, and assumptions.
Culture can be summarised as shared, pervasive enduring and implicit. It is the collective behaviours, physical environments, group rituals, visible symbols, stories, mindsets, motivations, unspoken assumptions and ‘kind of silent language’ (HBR 2018). It evolves flexibly and autonomously. It is the tacit social order of an organisation. Cultural norms define what is encouraged, discouraged, accepted, or rejected within a group.
Not surprisingly, it is also the most difficult thing to change.
As Lou Gerstner, former CEO of IBM, wrote: “Until I came to IBM, I probably would have told you that culture was just one among several important elements in any organisation’s makeup and success — along with vision, strategy, marketing, financials, and the like… I came to see, in my time at IBM, that culture isn’t just one aspect of the game, it is the game. In the end, an organisation is nothing more than the collective capacity of its people to create value”.
At Space2BE we are brimming with broad and deep experience of cultural change. There is no single solution. It requires a multi-faceted approach, a range of skills, capabilities and interventions, an agile philosophy and a mindful hand on the tiller. Each organisation requires a different journey, hands-on consultancy and development support.
The impact of our work in this area is directly seen in the results of your business: greater employee engagement, enhanced capability, increased efficiency, greater strategic focus, aligned leadership, effective problem-solving, an empowered workforce, happier customers, and stronger financial outcomes.
A variety of tools, experiences, workshops, training and consultancy that support strategic thinking, experiential journeying, developing, listening, engaging, leading, analysing and reflecting. Delivering you:
Creating awareness, supporting inquiry
Employee engagement workshops
An employee engagement experience enabling them to own the shift
Capability building workshops
Engaging workshops that build capabilities to deliver you new behaviours
Recommendations for change based on astute observations and experimentation
Ongoing confidential support for your change agents
Bespoke development in ‘leading cultural change’
Trust us to
Use our broad expertise base to inform your programme
Match consultants to the ‘cultural’ journey
Provide change supervision to support
Be your trusted advisor