This post is by Jerome Parisse, originally published on the Walking the Talk website. It is one in a series that Jerome and I are putting together to introduce a unique Culture Masterclass for M&A Executives, developed jointly by Isely Associates International and Walking the Talk.
Senior executives and deal team members are best placed, but often under-prepared, to drive effective cultural outcomes.
Environmental cues for expected behaviour
Culture – “patterns of behavior encouraged or tolerated by people and systems over time” – is created from the messages people receive about what is valued in an organisation. And these messages come from three different channels: behaviours (what is role modeled, our actions), symbols (those small things that send a strong message, such as how a business spends time and budget), and systems and processes (anything from budgeting to performance management, measures of success, promotions and talent management). Decisions made send a message via one or several of those three channels. Continue reading