Define culture and manage cultural change

Defining and managing culture and driving cultural change are fundamental to running a thriving business.

There are times when cultural change is a time-sensitive priority. For example,

  • Have you had leadership change?
  • Are you going through a merger or acquisition?
  • Is turnover high?
  • Has morale dropped?
  • Are you experiencing a crisis?

All of these illuminate a need to define culture and manage cultural change. To clarify, neglecting culture can be devastating to the health of your organization.

Even in the best of times, you want everyone to unite around a small set of core values that will drive success. Above all, you want to build a culture that stimulates pride, drives achievement, and contributes to society.

Now is the time to define your Core Culture. And weave those principles and values into everything you do.

Above all, take these steps to make culture your hidden asset. Make culture be the force that drives your business.

Step #1: Conduct a culture assessment Core Culture- the basis for cultural change

To achieve cultural change, firstly, define your organization’s central principles and values.

Uncover the Purpose, Philosophy, and strategic Priorities.

The culture assessment process must be an organization-wide experience. In effect, everyone participates!




Step #2: Survey employee engagement

Universal Priorities Drive Employee Engagement and drive cultural change

Survey employee engagement. Measure employee views on the six drivers of engagement. Uncover the key drivers that provide the greatest opportunity to improve engagement. Likewise, they are the universal Priorities of your Core Culture.

Your workplace must be a humane workplace. To that end, it must bring out the best in each individual.


Step #3: Align the Five Ps

Finally, manage cultural change by aligning the Five Ps. To clarify, employees must practice the principles and values that drive performance. This means align the Practices and Projections with the Purpose, Philosophy, and Priorities. Everyone’s goal is to be better at living the Core Culture each and every day.

core culture for cultural changeNow, there is a change strategy that unites everyone in the organization. All employees will share a set of principles and values that will guide change and drive success. To sum up, achieve success for the company and for each employee!

You can manage cultural change from the inside out. Just integrate the Core Culture principles and values in everything you do.


Contact Sheila to help you manage cultural change

Contact Sheila to help you define and shape your culture and manage change. Sheila provides in-person and virtual support.

  • Sheila Margolis provides consulting services. She is also a culture coach.
  • Invite her to speak to your group or schedule a webinar.
  • And, of course, read her books.
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Make culture the force that drives your business

Sheila is President of Workplace Culture Institute. Her management consulting firm is based in Atlanta. She serves companies globally.

To sum up, Sheila helps organizations define core culture, increase employee engagement, and facilitate culture change.

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