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Smart Things to Know About Culture

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Organizational culture is an intangible, yet it can be as pervasive and valuable as any other company asset. Culture influences the dynamics within teams and between individuals, the way business is conducted with suppliers, the public face of the company that customers see, and every other human interaction that takes place inside and outside a business.

While cultural norms are inherently neither good nor bad, they do sometimes outlast their usefulness to the organization. As ...

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Overview

Organizational culture is an intangible, yet it can be as pervasive and valuable as any other company asset. Culture influences the dynamics within teams and between individuals, the way business is conducted with suppliers, the public face of the company that customers see, and every other human interaction that takes place inside and outside a business.

While cultural norms are inherently neither good nor bad, they do sometimes outlast their usefulness to the organization. As markets, the economy and the broader society change, Smart organizations have to rethink their goals and their methods if they are to survive.

Donna Deeprose gives you the inside track into understanding the culture and subcultures in your own organization. In Smart Things to Know About Culture she shows how cultural values work, and how best to turn them to your personal and organizational advantage:

What exactly is corporate culture? How and why do people behave they way they do?

What are the values and beliefs that drive behaviour and give rise to other culture expressions?

What are the many ways culture is expressed, including management practices, employee behaviors, communication, celebrations, stories and architecture?

Why does culture matter? What is its impact on you and the organization?

How do you create your own culture of success and seek out better cultures?

How do you go about fixing a dysfunctional culture (without even really trying)? Are you a change agent?

Whether you are a leader (or aspiring leader), manager or individual contributor, the culture of your organisation will affect your career. Smart Things to Know About Culture will give you the tools to understand how you can turn this knowledge into action and power. Watch your company and your career take off!

SMART ANSWERES TO TOUGH QUESTIONS:

Q: If culture is resistant to change, why is it that no company seems to have the same culture it did 10 to 20 years ago?

A: It's a paradox. But while everyone agrees that's its hard to purposely change an oraganizational culture, the truth is that cultures are changing all the time, both through evolution and in reaction to cataclysmic events.

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Meet the Author

Donna Deeprose is the author of Smart Things to Know about Managing Projects, as well The Team Coach, Recharge Your Team, and How to Recognize and Reward Employees. She has also written the Express Exec modules Project Management and Global HR and is co-author of a business simulation, Teams@Work
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

What is Smart?

Introduction.

Part I -
What is Corporate Culture?

In a Nutshell: Definitions.

Hidden Culture: Values and Beliefs.

Culture Revealed: Practices, Behaviours and Symbols.

Name that Culture: Various Models.

Rebellious Offspring: Subcultures.

Part II -
Why Culture Matters.

Impact on the Organization.

Impact on You.

Part III -
The State of Culture Now.

Ghosts of the Past.

Destabilizing Forces.

The Rise and Fall of Cyberculture.

Part IV -
Seeking Better Cultures.

The Textbook Model.

Variations on a Theme.

Creating Your Own Culture of Success.

Part V -
Fixing a Dysfunctional Culture.

Five Good Reasons to Change and One Doomed to Failure.

How to Change a Culture Without Really Trying.

You as a Change Agent.

Index.

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