A Preview of Organizational Culture and Leadership from Edgar Schein

Ed Schein & Tim Kuppler Ultimate Culture 2016

Edgar Schein: Insights from the Fifth Edition of Organizational Culture and Leadership
Edgar Schein and the subject of organizational culture are forever linked due to his pioneering efforts in the field. His hallmark book, Organizational Culture and Leadership1, has been a resource for more than 30 years. Ed shared insights from an upcoming fifth edition (now released) of this important book during an interview at the Human Synergistics Ultimate Culture Conference.

Clarifying the Elusive Concepts of Culture and Climate

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Culture experts and enthusiasts recently gathered in San Francisco for the 2nd Annual Ultimate Culture Conference. A theme of the day was that most leaders recognize culture as a critical factor for success, but it remains an elusive concept and has become an overused word. To kick off the conference, Tim Kuppler interviewed Rob Cooke, CEO of Human Synergistics, to explore culture along with some related constructs (like climate) that are sometimes confused or used interchangeably with it.  Some of Rob’s answers to Tim’s questions are summarized here.

Four Essentials of Culture Change

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Donna Brighton is the president and founder of Brighton Leadership Group and is a recognized thought leader in the field of organizational change. This post is based on her Ultimate Culture Conference presentation and features insights on leading change.

Culture change is enormous and complex. There is no easy answer, magic pill or quick fix to create instant culture change. However, leaders do have control over their actions and have more influence than they realize. This is the focus of the Four Essentials of Culture Change.

How to Create a Healthy Workplace Culture Through Clean and Clear Communication

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Jeanne Malnati is the CEO and founder of The Culture Group, where she’s been making an impact in organizations and in her community. This post is based on her Ultimate Culture Conference presentation and features insights from her consulting work and in building an award-winning family business, Lou Malnati’s.

Lou Malnati came to America from Italy by boat when he was 17 years old with a dream to make a lot of money. He worked for 22 years making pizza at Uno’s’ and Dues’ in Chicago with his dad and grandfather. The day arrived when he decided it was time to go out on his own.

Transforming workplace culture: One company’s story

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This post features insights from Linda Sharkey on the development of a leadership team during and after a merger integration, based on her Ultimate Culture Conference presentation with Carol Montgomery.

If your company is in the process of going through or preparing for a merger or acquisition, then you know firsthand that combining the cultures of two organizations is no easy matter.

Last fall, I had the honor of giving a talk along with Carol Montgomery, Senior VP and Chief Human Resources Officer of York Risk Services Group, at the 1st Annual Ultimate Culture Conference in Chicago. Carol and I presented a case study to show how York, following a major acquisition, was able to blend two very different types of workplace cultures.