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Let Me Give You A Little Culture

Let Me Give You A Little Culture

I’ve always thought that “culture” is simply that set of beliefs which governs behavior. Hence, if you want to change a corporate “culture” or a school board “culture” you have to change the belief systems or the people with inappropriate belief systems.

Consultants make far too big a deal about all this, and “culture change” is really a chimera. I can change a “culture” within a week. You merely have to demonstrate to key leaders what’s really in their best interests and change their beliefs (e.g., equipment is not an asset and people an expense, but vice versa). I’ve done this all my career.

No one believes what they read or hear in companies. They believe what they see. Change the beliefs, which will be manifest in new behaviors, and people will see that and react appropriately.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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