Written by Edgar H. Schein, this book is a great guide to a deep examination of organizational culture and how to really understand it, before changing it.
In my work as a change management consultant, I often find that leaders wish for a different corporate culture. Well the truth is that they don’t even understand the one that they have currently, and are even less sure about what they want it to be like in the future! Yet some of today’s best-performing businesses and best places to work have strong corporate cultures (think Zappos) that are key to their success in dollars and cents, but also in terms of recruitment and retention of talented and high-performing employees.
I’ll quote from the opening of Part One to give you a taste of what this book is about:
In order to manage culture, you must understand what culture is, what content culture covers, and how to assess it. It is dangerous to oversimplify this concept because of the illusion that one is managing culture when one is, in face, managing only a manifestation of culture and, therefore, not achieving one’s change goals.
Here’s how to win a copy of this book:
1. Post a comment on this blog (not on Facebook, Linked In, Twitter or anywhere else – though you are certainly welcome to follow the links to connect with me there as well) sharing what interests you about this book.
2. Please post your comment within 10 days of the publication date of this post.
3. If there are at least 5 comments on this blog, then I will randomly draw a name and contact the winner behind the scenes. I’m setting 5 as sort of an arbitrary number at this point. In the past, I’ve given things away and only had one or two people express interest. These are all great books and I’m covering shipping costs, so I hope to open this up to lots of interested people. These must be comments from people who want to win the book – general replies don’t count, and comments from me don’t count. Just in case you were wondering…
4. If there are not at least 5 comments, then the book goes back to the bottom of the pile and will be in the contest again later down the road.
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Earlier books still up for the give-away include Make Their Day (which has a deadline for comments of today – April 4th – and without 5 entries, it will go back to the bottom of the pile for another time) and Good Boss, Bad Boss. Visit those posts to make your comment and enter!