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Culture consists of the shared expectations around how to feel, think and behave to FIT IN.

For example, in some organizations, it is a shared expectation for people with formal power to have all the "right" answers. As a result, team members with no formal power or lower down the ranks, keep their ideas and opinions to themselves to FIT IN. 

Fitting in is only half of the equation if you aim to have a truly healthy culture. If your culture is focused on getting people to fit in, it's highly likely that your culture has calcified and you won't be able to keep up with the changes around you.

So, what is the second part of the equation?

FITTING OUT.

In my research, I discovered that leaders, teams, and companies that shape cultures in the most powerful manner, move comfortably along the conformity spectrum, oscillating between fitting IN and fitting OUT. 

 

They respect and value the current culture, understanding that it serves an important purpose and they conform to those cultural norms that don't interfere with theirs and their organization's ability to fulfill its mission.

However, when they have a sense that some of the norms stand in the way of what the group or the company is trying to achieve and the mission it's supposed to serve, they don't hesitate to challenge the status quo and disrupt those behavioral patterns that don't serve them anymore.

It doesn't make any sense to try to overhaul the whole culture. It's not possible, either. What's possible is identifying the most relevant part of the cultural algorithm and then looking for bugs - things that work against you and your goals. And as soon as you identify the bugs, you can debug the algorithm so that it works for you, not against you.  

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I’m a culture strategist and I work with leaders
and teams around the globe to help them create
a culture that brings their  boldest vision to life.

  • I love spending time with my husband and my friends, reading, walking in the park near my home, dancing Argentinian tango and traveling. My two favourite places on Earth are Venice in Italy and the Serengeti in Africa.

  • I love spending time with my husband and my friends, reading, walking in the park near my home, dancing Argentinian tango and traveling. My two favourite places on Earth are Venice in Italy and the Serengeti in Africa.

  • I love spending time with my husband and my friends, reading, walking in the park near my home, dancing Argentinian tango and traveling. My two favourite places on Earth are Venice in Italy and the Serengeti in Africa.

  • I love spending time with my husband and my friends, reading, walking in the park near my home, dancing Argentinian tango and traveling. My two favourite places on Earth are Venice in Italy and the Serengeti in Africa.

  • I love spending time with my husband and my friends, reading, walking in the park near my home, dancing Argentinian tango and traveling. My two favourite places on Earth are Venice in Italy and the Serengeti in Africa.

  • I love spending time with my husband and my friends, reading, walking in the park near my home, dancing Argentinian tango and traveling. My two favourite places on Earth are Venice in Italy and the Serengeti in Africa.

  • I love spending time with my husband and my friends, reading, walking in the park near my home, dancing Argentinian tango and traveling. My two favourite places on Earth are Venice in Italy and the Serengeti in Africa.

  • I love spending time with my husband and my friends, reading, walking in the park near my home, dancing Argentinian tango and traveling. My two favourite places on Earth are Venice in Italy and the Serengeti in Africa.

  • I love spending time with my husband and my friends, reading, walking in the park near my home, dancing Argentinian tango and traveling. My two favourite places on Earth are Venice in Italy and the Serengeti in Africa.

  • I love spending time with my husband and my friends, reading, walking in the park near my home, dancing Argentinian tango and traveling. My two favourite places on Earth are Venice in Italy and the Serengeti in Africa.

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Let me guess: you are here because we met in real life, someone you trust mentioned my name or you’ve seen one of my posts on social media.

Whatever brought you here, I’m thrilled that you’ve come around.

This site is where I share useful resources, information and thoughts about what’s widely considered a somewhat nebulous and complex topic:
the organisational culture - and things related to it.

If you work in an organisation, your culture is probably the most powerful force shaping yours and your organisation’s future. And yet, you are probably still not clear about how to deal with it in the most effective way.

My mission is to demystify organisational culture, to make it more accessible and less overwhelming in its complexity.

I hope that what you find here will help to do just that!