Pointing North vs. Going North

Pointing North vs. Going North

The Challenge (Part 1): Get your team or organisation into a room, have everyone close their eyes and point North. Continuing to point to their ‘North’ of choice – let people take a look around the room. Invariably you will have people pointing in different

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Writing Culture Down Matters…

Writing Culture Down Matters…

At first it seems counterintuitive to ‘write’ down your culture. Where would you even start? Culture isn’t exactly tangible, after all. But it should be. Culture has to be tangible to survive scale and to proliferate throughout an organisation. Letting it remain this ‘intangible thing’ is the biggest

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A Comprehensive Collection of Culture Books

A Comprehensive Collection of Culture Books

Culture book / culture deck / culture document, call it what you will. In all cases they are generally how an organisation endeavours to capture their culture in their own ‘bible’. They usually outline your values, core beliefs, purpose and give the reader an insightful look

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#Quoteables

#Quoteables

Are you compromising on people, systems, processes, quality, or culture?

#Quoteables

#Quoteables

How quickly do you pick yourself and try again? How quickly can you shake it off and get back in the game?  

Would you write a Failure CV?

Would you write a Failure CV?

Why on earth would you want to advertise your failures? Failures make us feel ashamed – that’s not exactly a feeling we want to perpetuate. Futhermore how could advertising your failures ever help you progress in your career? The problem is that failing at something at

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Companies With Great Cultures Fail

Companies With Great Cultures Fail

They fail often, and they often fail intentionally In the enduring battle to stay relevant, to stay in business and to ride the next economic shock wave businesses have to fail, fail in order to learn and innovate. Failure, however counterintuitive it may seem is

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What Hackathons did for Facebook’s Culture (10 Takeaways)

What Hackathons did for Facebook’s Culture (10 Takeaways)

In an incredibly insightful article, ex Director of Engineering at Facebook, Pedram Keyani unpacks some of the magic of the +/- 40 ‘hackathons’ he ran at Facebook over the past 7 years. If you don’t have time for the full article (6 min read) here are 10 of the

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#Quoteables

#Quoteables

Failure is inherent in innovation. How organisations respond to failure is crucial to their innovation ability.

Banning Lunch at Your Desk

Banning Lunch at Your Desk

One of the big reasons many companies provide food for their employees is to create ‘intentional collisions’ between people who might otherwise not connect. I saw it first hand when I was at Atlassian, come lunch time and people from all levels and buildings converge

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