Here is a worthy read from RoundPegg on why culture change proves so difficult for senior leaders. The most compelling argument they list is focusing on “culture change” rather than “culture alignment”. Change, while likely needed, is only effective if fully aligned with the new direction. And it must be aligned throughout the organization. Even aligned change in only a few areas will eventually be swallowed up by areas of the old culture that remain misaligned.
To recap their list of why leaders fail at culture change:
- Lack of data
- Leaders who don’t walk the talk
- Confusing employee engagement and culture
- Substituting perks for culture
- Attempting to change rather than align culture
Enjoy the read.