Category Archives: Culture

A Sense of Culture

Our notion of culture seems tied to geography: a distinction that may be losing it’s relevance in the Social Age. For fun, today i’ve been sketching out a model of waves of culture, overlapping but distinct ways in which we … Continue reading

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Castles in the Sky

I visited Corfe Castle over the weekend. It’s one of the most iconic landmarks we have: perched on a rocky outcrop, with commanding views of the landscape all round, it proved truly impenetrable during the Civil War, where it was … Continue reading

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From Aspiration to Culture: the erosion of values

A startup is a blank sheet: no systems, no process, no legacy. To some, it’s anathema: a lack of reference points, a lack of structure, a lack of support. To others, it’s freedom, a freedom they could never experience within … Continue reading

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A Culture That Feels Right?

I delivered a workshop today at the head office of a global business: a young and dynamic company that’s growing fast. As is often the case, growth means opening new offices and, in their case, colonising extra floors of existing … Continue reading

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Uncommonly Global

Rich is visiting me in Amsterdam today. We’ve hired him a bike, as that’s the only way to travel in the city. “Handbrake or pedal?“, they asked in the shop. Dutch bikes have brakes that are activated by pedalling backwards. … Continue reading

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Layers of Culture: can you see the Graffiti?

Back in Amsterdam: from the window i see smoke curling up from the chimney on the houseboat. It drifts lazily in the morning breeze, barely visible in the grey light. I wonder idly about life on a barge: many of … Continue reading

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Circling Fairness

There’s a gap between desire and reality, between aspiration and the act. Whilst many organisations espouse values such as ‘integrity‘ and ‘fairness‘, the reality is that they display neither, inhabiting instead a space of indifference or meek acceptance. They may … Continue reading

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