When I started this series I said I was going to follow the metaphor of creating a painting with a twist at the end. Well its Christmas Eve and once I’ve completed this post I’m shutting down to start cooking for Christmas and start thinking about the ethics series after a G&T and a few […]
In any art work the final adjustments mean that we are nearing completion, in cultural change I want to argue, it is the sign that the process is only just starting. An initiative is designed to start a journey rather than complete a goal. In an ideal world managing culture would be a constantly evolving […]
The big issues are now behind us in this series and the final three posts (with the promised twist on the 7th) are all about fine tuning the work. I’ve used two images here to make contrasting points. The banner picture both shows the different impact of colour over black and white and serves in […]
Chiaroscuro is an art term, Italian in origin which refers to light and dark. It originated in an artistic technique that used ink and white paint but the technique touches genius in the work of Caravaggio with whom to be honest I have an obsession, to my mind easily the greatest of painters in the […]
While having specific goals is not possible in a complex system, and any cultural change is complex, it doesn’t mean that we can’t have a sense of direction and/or purpose. When a painter starts on their canvass they have a sense of what they are going to create. There are obvious questions such as is […]
I’m using the metaphor of a painting to provide structure to this series and all paintings have to start somewhere. One of the reasons for this is the sense of doing something with intent. I’m not attempting an anthropological treatise here, my focus is on the ubiquitous attempts to engineer culture change in organisations a […]
The Oxford English Dictionary defines culture as “The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively” and “The ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society”. The origin is in the Latin colere meaning tend or cultivate and in the early 16th Century the meaning developed from an agricultural context […]
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