Sunset XIII Bali

Revisited: Why Care About Culture?

This coder is stepping away from the front line for another week while he takes a well-deserved holiday on the Indonesian destination of Bali. Instead, I will link to an article from the archives and add some new thoughts on it. This week I revisit my post on why we should care about culture. I put forward…

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Clash of Culture – MediaWorks and Mark Weldon Part Ways

A clash of culture happens when cultures don’t mesh – and the resulting fireworks can be very dangerous. It gives further reason to care about culture and how one’s personal culture can affect the entire organisation. Some choice excerpts from NZ Herald – 4 May 2016 article on Mark Weldon’s resignation (all emphasis is mine): “People in that…

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Why Care About Culture

Over the last 3 posts I have re-introduced culture, explained it as an onion, and explored the cultural web. It’s now crunch time – why care about culture at all? Culture is dynamic and monolithic, made up of deeply-held assumptions and embedded in corporate DNA. Many authors have tried to discredit the idea of cultural…

Santorini, Greece

Cultural Web

A Cultural Web Analysis is another useful tool that helps tease out the constituent parts of an organisation’s culture. It builds upon the Onion Model of Culture mentioned previously, but has more concrete classifications that I found helpful. The Cultural Web was introduced by Gerry Johnson and Kevan Scholes, who were also writers of the…